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Winter Service Changes start December 19, 2016

2016 bus service changes

With the Evergreen Extension opening on December 2, there are many changes for bus routes in and around the Tri-Cities plus the regular seasonal changes.

Service Changes will start on Monday, December 19, 2016 (note: some changes start a few days later).

To help transition to some of the new routes and new names of old routes, we will be introducing a series called Bus Route Buzz.

These posts will feature the top 10 affected service areas with route details, maps and even a live stream talk with one of TransLink’s planners to discuss some of the changes.

In the meantime, take a look at some of the highlights of these Service Changes:

  • With the addition of six new SkyTrain stations and 11km of track, this region will have a new transit choice that offers faster, more frequent and direct service between Coquitlam and Vancouver.
  • The Evergreen Extension gives us the opportunity to redesign the bus network. Twenty-two bus routes in the Tri-Cities will change, including the C24, 97 B-Line, 160, 188 and the 143.
  • Adjusting routes serving schools and post-secondary institutions to better reflect ridership during a two-week special holiday schedule.
  • Implementing recommendations from the 2015 Transit Network Review to the 5, 6, C23 and a new B-Line connecting Hastings with Downtown Vancouver.
  • Christmas and Boxing Day will run on a Sunday/holiday service schedule. Some routes will be modified to provide more frequent service.

You can find all the Service Changes at translink.ca/servicechanges.

Plan ahead! Visit Trip Planner to map your route – use December 19 or later as your travel date.
Have questions? Contact Customer Information at 604.953.3333 or tweet @TransLink.

Author: Adrienne Coling


10 Comments

  • By Kelsey, November 28, 2016 @ 5:22 pm

    when the skytrain is down, the 160 is no longer running down town, how does one get to maple ridge/pitt meadows/poco?

  • By David M, November 29, 2016 @ 12:12 am

    Great. So glad to see the “C” numbering disappearing. It made no sense to number a bus route based on the size of the bus – nobody cares! Much better to keep the consistent regional numbering and adjust bus size according to demand. Hopefully Translink will renumber the “C” routes in the rest of the region.

    Also good to see the N9 now provide all night service to create 24 hr service along the Millennium Line.

  • By Stefan, November 29, 2016 @ 10:16 am

    Great to see all the exciting changes coming up!

    This is a minor quibble, but most of the maps in the regional timetables for the period from December 19th to January 1st are not up to date (on this page: http://www.translink.ca/en/Schedules-and-Maps/Bus/Schedules-by-Region.aspx).

    Vancouver Book 1 and North Vancouver show revised maps, but the other timetables show the status quo (97 B-Line, 135, C21/C23, old Tri Cities routes, etc.)

    On the other hand, all of the timetables for period starting January 2nd do appear to contain updated maps.

    I don’t know how many people would actually make use of the maps in those timetables, though, especially in the short 2-week period while they’re actually in effect.

  • By Stefan, November 29, 2016 @ 10:34 am

    I’m happy to see the new 95 B-Line and the beefed-up #160 that will still go as far into the city as Kootenay Loop.

    One item of note, though, is the fact that the new #95 will apparently not stop on Hastings at Windermere.

    I used to commute via Hastings, and on summer evenings, a lot of people would use transit to get to/from Playland, which was well served by the #135 stopping right outside.

    Since the #14 does not operate along East Hastings in the evenings, there will no longer be any evening service directly outside of a major attraction, even though buses will be passing by (without stopping).

    Even during the daytime hours, there’s the former Park & Ride lot across the street which was designed to be used by transit commuters. With the #95 not stopping at Windermere, the only option they have to get Downtown now is to take the local #14.

  • By Stefan, November 29, 2016 @ 10:43 am

    To wrap up my last comment, it would seem like an easy fix to reinstate the stop at Hastings and Windermere for the new #95, in order to maintain service to a major transit generator (Playland, especially on summer nights), as well as whatever patronage still comes (if any) from the former Park & Ride lot across the street.

  • By Stefan, November 29, 2016 @ 11:10 am

    Forgive me for overloading the comment thread, but another puzzling omission is the stop on Hastings at Sperling:

    * Going east, this is the last local stop served by the #160…which then veers left to go to Port Moody.

    * Also, for passengers coming from the #134, because of its weird route arrangement, in order for them to transfer to the #95 to get to SFU, they must proceed north on Sperling, left onto Hastings, and left again onto Kensington, then get off the bus and cross Kensington to catch the #95. (Whereas today, it’s a much simpler transfer from the stop on Hastings at Sperling, from the WB stop kitty-corner to the EB Stop.)

    I get the desire to minimize the number of stops a B-Line bus makes (taking the 97 has sometimes been tedious because it stops about every 400 to 800 metres on average), but at the same time, it seems like service is being upgraded for some passengers on Hastings, but downgraded for others on this very major transit corridor.

  • By Joe, November 29, 2016 @ 11:51 am

    To expand on what Stefan is saying, I think the Kensington Plaza stop for the 95 should have been at Sperling, not Kensington, even though that makes it much closer to Duthie. I also agree that the lack of a Playland Entrance stop seems like a huge oversight and is fixed by the time Playland opens in the spring.

  • By Robert Willis - Buzzer Editor, November 29, 2016 @ 4:11 pm

    Hi David: The 24 hour service is actually between Lougheed and Coquitlam, not the entire Millennium line. Here’s more info:

    Extended late night service on the N9 between Lougheed and Coquitlam Central stations
    http://infomaps.translink.ca/Public_Timetables/129/ttN9.pdf

  • By Ernie Taguchi, November 30, 2016 @ 8:38 am

    Hi
    What is the Buzzer question for November 2016?
    Which web site do you go to to find the question?
    Thanks
    Ernie

  • By Adrienne Coling, November 30, 2016 @ 11:25 am

    Hi Ernie, if you’re referring to the print Buzzer Contest Corner, we publish four times a year now. The last edition was September and the next is out on December 16th! If you’re looking for the latest Buzzer edition, you can find them online here: http://www.translink.ca/en/Rider-Guide/Print-Buzzer.aspx
    Thanks!

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