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TransLink launches double-decker bus pilot project

We’re super stoked to let our readers know that today we officially launched a pilot project to test two double-decker buses on long-distance commuter routes!

The double-decker buses, supplied at no charge by British bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis, seat 80-86 passenger, up to 83 per cent more seating than the older highway coaches, and have double the overall capacity.

It’s all part of our commitment to exploring new options to better meet customers’ needs and the region’s transportation goals.

Which routes will these buses operate on?

As early as the end of next week, the two buses will begin service on routes travelling toward Vancouver from Langley, Surrey, White Rock and Delta, including:

  • 301 – Newton Exchange to Brighouse Station
  • 311 – Scottsdale Exchange in Delta to Bridgeport Station
  • 351/354 – White Rock/South Surrey to Bridgeport Station
  • 555 – Carvolth Exchange in Langley to Lougheed Station
  • 601/620 – South Delta/Tsawwassen Ferry to Bridgeport Station

What are some of the features of the bus?

  • Double the capacity of a conventional bus
  • Panoramic views from the top deck
  • A wide, well-lit staircase with handrails to maximize safety
  • A screen that allows riders to see vacant seats up top before going upstairs
  • Full accessibility with a low step, flat floor and ramp for boarding

Why double-decker buses?

To meet our growing ridership into the future and continue to make transit an attractive option for commuters across the region, we are experimenting with new fleet options to serve longer-distance routes where individual trips often exceed 40 minutes. These buses will help ensure passengers not only get a spot on the bus, but that more of them also get a seat.

Check out the pics!

Share your experience riding the double-decker bus by visiting translink.ca/doubledecker and completing the survey! Snap a photo of the bus on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #TransLinkTomorrow.

Couldn’t make it to the event? No problem! Get a behind the scenes look through our Instagram Story.

 

Author: Allen Tung


6 Comments

  • By Drew Snider, November 17, 2017 @ 8:29 am

    Great idea — esp. for those people who complained about “losing service” when the 351 was integrated with the Canada Line, way back when — but the 620 Tsawwassen Ferry/Bridgeport currently uses artics, which have a full-standing capacity of 110 (although maybe that’s more like 100, now that they’ve installed luggage racks), so the double-deckers will have a lower capacity on that route. Also, anyone who’s ever manhandled luggage up and down the stairs on a “decker” (I speak from experience, living in Victoria now) would suggest that might not be the best choice for a connector to the BC Ferries.

  • By David, November 17, 2017 @ 8:31 am

    Why did you have to wrap over all of the windows? From a rider experience it’s not going to sell the bus at all. Those fits on the window make everything outside blurred. Bug mistake, there’s enough metal to advertise the bus in and you could have left the windows, alone.

  • By Paul Anstett, November 17, 2017 @ 11:31 am

    I am not happy about this because there are VERY limited seats compare to long bus from Bridgeport to Ferries. NO ROOMS FOR SUITCASES FOR 1 & 2 FLOORS!!!! There is no room for tallest people at the top. STOP WASTE OF MONEY as BC Liberal who purchased two fast cat ferries, caused so much problems then sold them for cheap! Money should hire MORE securities, polices, and staff.

  • By Deano, November 17, 2017 @ 3:09 pm

    I agree completely with David. Please unwrap the windows!

  • By Baron, November 18, 2017 @ 9:14 pm

    Why not test them on the 257 Horseshoe Bay/Vancouver Express?

  • By Kelly Reaburn, November 26, 2017 @ 2:18 pm

    Would love to see both #70 Victoria Express and #620 Tsawwassen Ferry do double decker buses.

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