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TransLink is changing service on 45 Metro Vancouver bus routes starting Jan. 2

TransLink is changing service on 45 Metro Vancouver bus routes starting Jan. 2

TransLink is changing service on 45 Metro Vancouver bus routes starting Jan. 2

Starting Monday, TransLink will change 45 bus routes across Metro Vancouver based on ridership levels, increasing service to 24 routes and reducing service on seven.

TransLink implements service changes in January, April, June and September based on seasonal patterns and recent trends.

According to the company, their ridership is approximately 80 percent of pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels, the highest recovery rate for transit systems across North America.

And TransLink says some Metro Vancouver regions have seen ridership increase faster than others.

Changes That includes increased service to 24 routes where demand is growing, mostly south of the Fraser River, according to TransLink spokeswoman Shruti Prakash Joshi.

“Compared to 2019 ridership in this area, which is Surrey, Delta, White Rock and the two south-east sub-regions of Langley, ridership has increased to 98 per cent. [of pre-pandemic levels],” he said.

Some service upgrades include:

  • Main Street 23 Station/Beach
  • 249 Lonsdale Quay/Delbrook
  • 322 Newton Exchange/Scottsdale
  • 745 Haney Place/Cottonwood
  • N19 Downtown/Surrey Central Station NightBus

Among the seven routes that will experience lower demand are the 3 on Main, the 10 on Granville and the 9 on Broadway.

TransLink is dealing with overcrowding on 14 routes by reducing service during one hour of the day and increasing service during additional hours of the day.

Prakash Joshi says that despite reduced service on some routes, he expects a positive response from TransLink.

“It really depends on the data we have where the travel patterns show.” he said

“We hope that there will be a positive response from our customers and especially from our customers in the South East sub-region, as we have seen an increase in passenger numbers in that region.”

Prakash Joshi recommends using TransLink’s trip planner to check your route before heading out in the new year.

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