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June 2011 service changes and optimization

June Schedule Changes

Changes for many riders' bus routes are coming on June 20, 2011!

As you might have read in the June Buzzer, the June 2011 bus service changes are taking place on Monday, June 20, as part of a year-long TransLink service optimization project, aimed at making sure we’re using our transit resources efficiently and effectively.

There are not as many changes to routes as last April, and the overall amount of service hours won’t change. Many more customers will see service increase rather than service reductions. Some notable changes include:

  • 19 Stanley Park/Metrotown Station *SEASONAL* Mon to Fri 8am–9pm and weekends/holidays 8am–7pm: additional trips between downtown Vancouver (Cambie at Pender) and Stanley Park.
  • 99 B-Line UBC/Commercial-Broadway Station *PERMANENT* Sat/Sun and holidays: more frequent service from 7-8am.
  • 292 Upper Lynn Valley *PERMANENT* Mon to Fri: All 292 routes will now run as 210 routes and all 290 routes will run as 211 routes with combined service every 7-8 minutes between downtown Vancouver and Phibbs Exchange during the pm peak.
  • 239 Capilano University/Park Royal *PERMANENT* Mon to Sun: Evening service on the 239 will be increased to every 15 minutes until 9pm. All trips will serve Capilano University.
  • 246 Lonsdale Quay/Highland/Vancouver *PERMANENT* All trips on the 246 will operate to and from downtown Vancouver. Park Royal-bound passengers on the 246 will transfer to the 239 and/or 255 on Marine Drive at Garden Road. Service after 7pm will be revised to operate every 60 minutes.
  • Newton Exchange Bays 2 and 3 *PERMANENT* Bus assignments will be switched between Newton Exchange Bays 2 and 3. Board the 301 Richmond-Brighouse Station and 341 Langley Centre at Bay 2; board the 321 Surrey Central Station at Bay 3.
  • West Coast Express TrainBus *PERMANENT* Mon-Fri: Some TrainBus trips will terminate at Port Haney Station and no longer extend to Mission. Sat/Sun/holidays: No TrainBus service. The 701 Maple Ridge East/Haney Place/Coquitlam Stn provides frequent local bus service plus connections for downtown Vancouver via Coquitlam Station.

Read the full list of service changes here. Stay tuned for an interview on this blog with one of our service planners for a more in-depth look into why these changes were made.


7 Comments

  • By Reva, June 7, 2011 @ 11:46 pm

    YAAAY for 15-min evening service on the 239! Badly needed for a long time! Now it can be part of the Frequent Transit Network too.

  • By p51dray, June 9, 2011 @ 12:28 am

    I’m surprised that the weekend train buses got cut. I’ve rode it a few times from Coquitlam to downtown and it’s always fair full. Was it cut mostly due to cost?

  • By Donald, June 9, 2011 @ 11:25 am

    I used to take the Trainbus every weekend when I lived in Mission but played hockey in Burnaby. That sucks.

  • By Joanna Spurling, June 20, 2011 @ 10:20 am

    You have done a very poor job of advising 602, 603, 604 bus riders of the latest changes to the schedule. These changes affect riders substantially and are a reduction in rush hour service, not an improvement. Surely Translink planners have a responsibility to commuters to do a better job of advising riders of impending changes than a notice in the online BUZZER. What about consulting regular commuters?

  • By Robert Willis - Buzzer Editor, June 20, 2011 @ 12:18 pm

    Hi Joanna: I forwarded you comment to the team working on the June service optimization project. Here’s what they had to say,” 602/603/604 trips have remained the same; there is no service reduction. The schedules for these routes were coordinated to provide more consistent service and more predictable wait times between South Delta Recreation Centre and Bridgeport Station.”

    Apart from this blog, I know that information about the June service changes have been posted via these methods:

    TransLink.ca – http://www.translink.ca/en/Schedules-and-Maps/Transit-Service-Changes.aspx

    The June print Buzzer – http://www.translink.ca/en/Rider-Info/Print-Buzzer.aspx

    Some printed materials located at some buses stops and in some buses.

    Thanks so much for you comment!
    Robert

  • By Robert Willis - Buzzer Editor, June 20, 2011 @ 12:26 pm

    One more thing Joanna: Although there are still the same number of trips, the trip times have changed somewhat to coordinate consistent service.

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