A number of Greater Vancouver bus routes will soon have different schedules and routes, according to TransLink.
The continued growth in suburban population and traffic levels in different neighborhoods is the key driver of change.
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“TransLink changes bus service every quarter to better reflect changing demand and travel patterns in Metro Vancouver, and each change is based on route-specific ridership data and metrics. overcrowding,” said Dan Mountain, a spokesman for TransLink.
“In January, we are increasing the total number of hours of bus service in Metro Vancouver by approximately 23,000 hours of service, representing a 0.4% increase in bus service. This includes changes to 45 routes in Metro Vancouver.
The changes will see 24 routes, primarily serving the southern Fraser, arrive faster; 14 routes across Metro Vancouver will have their service adjusted based on popular travel times; and seven routes, mostly downtown, will see fewer buses.
People can see the specific changes on TransLink’s website for a full breakdown.
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The mayor of Langley City said changes were needed, especially in his corner of the country.
“We know the demand is outstripping the supply,” Nathan Pachal said.
“We have a huge demand for transit services, a huge demand in the South Fraser area. We need to invest in public transit service.
According to TransLink, ridership levels in the Fraser Valley region have returned to 98% of pre-pandemic levels, while the Vancouver region has recovered 74%.
“What we’ve noticed over the past two years is that transit service has recovered faster in communities like Langley, White Rock and Surrey compared to Vancouver,” Pachal said.
“TransLink has adjusted service to pass where we see even above 2019 ridership.”
The changes come into effect on Monday, January 2.
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