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Friday fun poll: on all-door boarding routes, do you board through the front, middle or back doors?

A lineup for the 99 B-Line at Commercial-Broadway Station.

On January 1, we began piloting all-door boarding on the 95 and 96 B-Lines, joining the 99 B-Line and 145 (at select stops) as all-door boarding routes!

This allows customers paying with their Compass Card to board the bus through the front, middle or rear doors. You choose! Which door do you usually board from?

During my days as an SFU student, I was an everyday commuter on the 145 from Production Way–University Station. My door was the rear and still is today when I take an all-door boarding route.

I observed most passengers who boarded through the front and middle door moved as far as the bus’s articulated joint. That meant two lines were merging for the front half of the bus, while it was only one line for the back half of the bus. It felt like I was able to board the bus sooner from the rear.

Have you observed the same thing as me? Which is your door and why? Let me know by casting your vote and leaving a comment!

On all-door boarding routes, do you board through the front, middle or rear doors?

  • Rear (45%, 96 Votes)
  • Middle (31%, 66 Votes)
  • Front (24%, 50 Votes)

Total Voters: 212

Did you ride the 95 or 96 B-Line during the all-door boarding pilot? Let us know about your experience at translink.ca/alldoorboarding!

Last poll’s results

In our previous poll, we asked you whether you preferred a window or aisle seat on transit and the results are in! Seventy-six per cent of you preferred the window seat.

Ryan said: “Much prefer an aisle seat, as I like to be prepared to get up and close to the door BEFORE the bus gets there. That way I can quickly get off the bus and allow it to continue delivering passengers to their destinations.”

Gail on Facebook said she preferred the driver’s seat since she’s a bus operator! (Psst…we are hiring bus operators right now, so you too could sit in the driver’s seat!)

Also on Facebook, Wilson said: “Window because it would be really awkward (and rude) to lean on a person instead of the wall 😅.”

Author: Allen Tung


3 Comments

  • By Adam, February 2, 2018 @ 8:22 pm

    I never board at the front on the all-door routes. It’s best to save the door with a ramp for someone who absolutely needs it. It’s best to have some kind of Compass media so that you don’t have to pay cash at the front long after waiting for the ramp to go back up.

    The all-door routes certainly save time so someone can get to their destination faster.

  • By Henry, February 4, 2018 @ 12:29 pm

    I like the bench seats in the middle on the articulated buses. So I usually board the middle door. And I don’t mind standing on the articulated section.

    Although for the new articulated buses, I hate the middle section. First, when the air conditioning is on, it seems to blow right on me. And second, I’m not a fan of backwards seats. I wish they kept the bench seats in the middle. It’s harder to get past people in the middle section now too because of the forward and rear facing seats.

  • By Rob, February 5, 2018 @ 1:01 pm

    I board the rear door. I’m often making a quick transfer and since the stops are after intersections, rear door boarding and exit makes for the best chance of catching that next bus!

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