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September Service Changes – New 96 B-Line!

September Service Changes – New 96 B-Line!

On September 2, 2013, TransLink will be launching the new 96 B-Line service along King George Boulevard and 104 Ave. It will provide an express bus link connecting Newton and Guildford Exchanges via Surrey Central, and will run every seven to eight minutes.

Another major improvement is coming to Surrey through service optimization: The 335 will be extended all the way to Newton Exchange via 152nd Street and 72nd ave, fulfilling a longtime customer request to provide service along 72nd Avenue, east of 144th Street.

Increased frequency or reroutes 

  • The C36 in Port Coquitlam will now run every 10 minutes in the morning peak period instead of 15.
  • The 332 will be merged with the 335 service, operating as a 335 “short-turn” route instead.
  • The 154 will be renamed the 128, and travel Eighth Ave in New Westminster instead of Sixth.
  • The 101 will now serve Sixth Ave west of Sixth St.
  • The C98 will be taken off Highway 91 to use Westminster Highway to service Queensborough Landing and Richmond’s Hamilton neighbourhood.

Shortened, discontinued, or frequency reduced routes

  • On weekdays, every second 20 Victoria bus will now turn around at Victoria and 54th instead of the terminus at Harrison Loop.
  • The 314 will no longer travel to Scott Road Station. Passengers are advised to transfer to 640 from River Road and Centre Street.
  • The 177 connecting Coquitlam and Braid stations will be discontinued due to low ridership. A rerouted 159 will serve the western portion of the route along United Boulevard via Fraser Mills. During peak hours, select trips on the 169 will detour via Cape Horn Ave and Colony Farm Rd to maintain some level of access to the Riverview campus.
  • The 10 Granville/Downtown will use larger articulated buses to increase capacity, but will see a modest reduction in frequency.
  • The C1 and C2 serving Burnaby Heights will be reduced to hourly frequency during off-peak periods.
  • There will be reductions in frequency to routes 320 and 321, since both services cover the same route as the new 96 B-Line. Riders of the 320 and 321 are encouraged to take the new express route instead.

For more information…

Just a reminder that we do these service changes four times a year, to better match rider demand and ensure efficient use of our fleet. Look for similar changes every April, June, September, December!

Please visit translink.ca/servicechanges to learn more about the September service changes.

You can also stay informed about route changes through the following channels:

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  • Or call Customer Information at 604.953.3333!

 


13 Comments

  • By Jordan, August 26, 2013 @ 3:40 pm

    Not sure if you forgot to mention the N24 route adjustment. It ends at Lynn Valley Rd and Mountain Hwy now to increase service area (which is great!).

    This is minor, but I noticed in your new route map that (although the route looks correct)you forgot to rename the terminus as it still says Prospect @ Rockland right now.

    http://www.translink.ca/~/media/documents/schedules_and_maps/service_changes/2013/september/n24_lynnvalley_downtown_map.ashx

  • By Matthew, August 26, 2013 @ 8:21 pm

    The frequent transit network map for September seems to be wrong. It shows the 96 b line as future.

  • By Cliff, August 28, 2013 @ 5:10 pm

    That 169 rerouting is a godsend for Cape Horn and Dartmoor. It’s too bad the 177 has to be discontinued, but the 169 will provide much faster service to the area for the trips it does run. I knew putting bus stops on Lougheed Highway wasn’t going to pan out because at 70km/h there is no legal requirement for motorists to yield to a stopped bus and having people cross Lougheed Highway is a very unsafe proposition.

    Can there be some consideration given to running the 169 the entire length of Cape Horn to Coleman in the southbound direction for those trips?Numerous 169 trips are already doing this to detour around construction or even just when there is heavy traffic. Residents in the area would have a faster way to get to Braid Station (including one shared stop with the 156 on Cape Horn at Mundy) and current 156 users originating from Coquitlam Station would no longer have to travel to Lougheed or Braid Stations and backtrack. There would be no change to northbound service.

  • By Joe, August 28, 2013 @ 11:26 pm

    Another idea for Cape Horn service: Once an hour southbound service via Cape Horn instead of Lougheed Highway for the 169.

  • By Cliff, August 29, 2013 @ 2:24 am

    @ Joe

    There’s an idea too!

    169 Braid Station via Cape Horn

    via Cape Horn, United, Cape Horn, Coleman, Lougheed.

    The idea would see stops at 2600 block of Cape Horn, NS United, FS Santiago, FS San Antonio, NS Warrick, FS Mundy, and FS Brunette. And would add between one and two minutes to the total length of the trip.

    Even if the routing were to only operate during some rush hour trips, it would add an enormous amount of service with very little time lost. The Cape Horn interchange can be a traffic nightmare when an accident occurs or even just during rush hour. The 169 is already routing via Cape Horn when there is heavy traffic or construction, why not just make the change official and add service at the same time?

  • By ???, September 4, 2013 @ 8:59 pm

    With regards to the #20… have we consider short-turning the buses at Hastings and Commercial too? This was proposed during the Vancouver transit area plan and would greatly increase reliablity on the congested and redundant Hastings/Downtown segment.

  • By Aaron, September 5, 2013 @ 8:31 pm

    “The 314 will no longer travel to Scott Road Station. Passengers are advised to transfer to 640 from River Road and Centre Street.”

    This is a poor suggestion – when you take the 314 to River Road and Center street you have to wait about 25 minutes for the next 640 because the schedules do not coordinate.

    Who can help get the schedules fixed so this can become a reasonable suggestion?

  • By Eugene Wong, September 7, 2013 @ 8:43 pm

    @ All

    It seems that the #96 isn’t well used yet. I heard that there were only a handful of people using them at once.

    A local paper had an article about the B-Line before it started.

    I don’t know if we need more time or advertisement or something else or what.

  • By Eugene Wong, September 9, 2013 @ 9:57 am

    @ All

    I saw a special section in the local paper about Guildford Town Centre’s upgrades and celebration. With all the new jobs there, the #96 should better used. The #96 is going to be a huge blessing to those workers, since they need adequate transit, which wasn’t very good before.

    I checked the hours of operation, and I can see that all employees will have access to frequent transit to SkyTrain via the #96, even past 10 PM.

    As long as we don’t lose this service, it’ll be a sign that Surrey is growing.

  • By Eugene Wong, September 9, 2013 @ 9:59 am

    @ All

    [You probably knew this all ready, but...] The updated PDF schedules are available for download.

  • By Robert Willis - Buzzer Editor, September 9, 2013 @ 10:48 am

    Hi everyone. I spoke with our planning department about your comments and have the following replies:

    Jordan: You’re right, we missed the N24 in the list above. Glad you think the change is great, we hope people find it more useful. Thanks for flagging the typo for us, the map in question has now been corrected.

    Cliff/Joe: The reroute of select peak-hour trips of the 169 via Cape Horn Ave was introduced to mitigate some of the impacts associated with the discontinuation of the 177. We’ll continue to monitor its usage and explore alternative solutions within the context of available resources. Thanks for the ideas! Hopefully you’re also taking part in our ongoing Northeast Sector Area Transit Plan – http://www.translink.ca/en/Plans-and-Projects/Area-Transit-Plans/Northeast-Sector-Area-Transit-Plan.aspx process.

    ???: Short-turning every other trip of the #20 during peak periods at Commercial & Powell was indeed recommended through the Vancouver/UBC ATP. Unfortunately, implementation of that change is dependent on the introduction of a true B-Line service on the Hastings corridor. And we haven’t been in a financial position to do that just yet. But it is among several expansion projects on our to-do list when resources become available.

    Aaron: Thanks for flagging this issue for us. Our schedulers do their best to enable efficient connections, but typically focus on major points of connection such as transit exchanges. We’ve passed this concern on to them to see if any adjustments can be made in the future to reduce wait times for customers transferring between the 314 and 640.

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