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Taking a ride on the new 555 Port Mann Express

Passengers boarding the 555 Port Mann Express at Braid Station on the first day of weekday service.

When I saw the schedule for the new 555 Port Mann Express, I was a bit skeptical of the scheduled time of 22 minutes between Braid Station and the new Carvolth Transit Exchange in Langley. I’ve driven over the Port Mann Bridge enough times in my lifetime to wonder: would it really be that quick?

Turns out, the answer is yes!

I went for my first-ever ride this morning – the first day of weekday service – during the morning peak. With the new Port Mann Bridge opened on Saturday, the bus hummed along in the HOV lane and made for a quick trip. At 7am, the trip from Braid to Carvolth was around 15 minutes. My ride back at 8am was closer to the advertised 22 minutes, mainly because there was traffic backed up at the Brunette exit.

The view from inside the bus going over the new Port Mann Bridge (this photo is from Saturday).

Overall, it seems that the bus, combined with the opening of the new Port Mann Bridge, makes for a speedy commute. On the Langley to Braid trip, there were about 10 other commuters on board. I chatted with someone from Langley who was going to see his previous one hour and forty minute commute (a combination of buses to Surrey, then the Expo and then the Millennium Lines) halved with the new service.

Some of our intrepid readers were also out on the new route this weekend:

Have you been out for a ride on the new 555 Port Mann Express? Tell us about your experience here in the comments.


11 Comments

  • By tr, December 3, 2012 @ 3:29 pm

    I took the new bus early in the morning. I was very impressed. However, I noticed that the traffic bottleneck now occurs after the Braid exit. Not only did this cut my total commute by 20 minutes, but I now won’t be paying the high cost of West Coast Express and the Golden Ears tolls.

  • By Charlie, December 3, 2012 @ 8:55 pm

    I took the 555 this evening to get back to Surrey from North Vancouver, and the bus zoomed right along! I was very impressed with how quick and efficient the trip from Braid to Carvolth is! Now to please, please add a stop in Guildford or introduce a similar service across the bridge for Surrey residents!

  • By Kyle, December 3, 2012 @ 9:14 pm

    Having Problems w/ the 555 on next busv

  • By Eugene Wong, December 3, 2012 @ 11:54 pm

    @ Tina
    @ Chris
    @ Ernest
    @ tr
    @ Charlie

    Thank you all very much for sharing!

    Also, thanks be to any others who will share in the future.

  • By shane, December 4, 2012 @ 9:31 am

    i love this bus live in langley great fast direct bus to the skytrain in 15 min been taking it since day 1

  • By Bryan, December 4, 2012 @ 10:59 am

    I myself was out on Sat for the first EB trip, my photos are here.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/27488185@N02/sets/72157632148626138/ Not a bad ride. I can see why people would want a stop at Guildford, but if you are going to add a stop, the best spot I would think would be on 104 ave.

  • By Joe, December 5, 2012 @ 8:55 am

    This bus should make a stop at the 156th Street stop that was built with an HOV/Bus exit. It would really help people from Fraser Heights and Guildford to access Coquitlam and save lots of time.

  • By Deano, December 5, 2012 @ 3:11 pm

    @Joe: What is really needed is a bus from preferably Surrey Central or at least Guildford to Braid (and Lougheed Mall when possible). That would save passengers at least half an hour vs travelling via Columbia Station.

  • By T, December 5, 2012 @ 11:51 pm

    Here’s hoping Surrey gets in on the rapid bus action, and at the very least in the form of a stop on the 156st HOV ramps. If translink and the city of surrey do decide to build a stop there, I hope the routing of the 375 is adjusted so it can make connections with it! The hardest transit trips to make from Surrey are to North Vancouver and Coquitlam, and a rapid bus would make travelling to coquitlam so much easier.

  • By Jared, December 16, 2012 @ 4:25 pm

    Let it stop at the new 156th st. HOV on/off ramp! It only makes sense and would help out SO many people in North Surrey, especially if it isn’t even at capacity as reported.

  • By Julio Aguilar, December 16, 2012 @ 6:38 pm

    Going from maple ridge to the exchange and on too braid might be faster then taking the 791 from maple ridge… hmmm

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