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7:10am transit update for Wed Sept 9

It’s raining hard out here… Take an umbrella if you’re going outside!

I’m at Broadway City Hall this morning. The morning rush is apparently starting earlier today in Richmond, but Waterfront bound trains arriving at City Hall alternate between busy (but still with room for more) and fairly empty. I guess people are getting off somewhere in between there? Platforms are being cleared, for sure. And trains heading south have plenty of room.

The official update from Drew:

morning, but evidently people are reaching their destinations and/or transferring at the stations in south Vancouver, because the loads are fairly light when the trains reach Broadway-City Hall.‬‪ ‬‪

As was the case yesterday, the trains are leaving Richmond-Brighouse Station packed, but customers getting on at Bridgeport can simply wait for the trains out of YVR, which are not full.‬‪ ‬‪

The #480 bus from Richmond to UBC is experiencing heavy loads, so Coast Mountain Bus Co has laid on shuttles to help out.‬‪ ‬‪

Other partsof the system are just waking up.  We should be heading into the peak period on the 99 B-Line and Expo & Millennium Lines shortly.‬‪ ‬‪Pedestrians and cyclists should be aware of pooling on streets – like the great big one in front of Broadway-City Hall station.  Motorists — please be careful not to splash people!‬

Photos now of two Waterfront bound trains.


8 Comments

  • By lala, September 9, 2009 @ 11:00 am

    it would help if many drivers did there route and not put up “Not In Service” this whole time.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, September 9, 2009 @ 11:05 am

    Operators don’t put up the Not in Service sign at random to avoid doing a route. Whether they’re in service or not in service is governed by the route schedule, and not on a whim.

  • By mike, September 9, 2009 @ 3:36 pm

    Jhenifer, i hate to disagree with you on this one but many of the 160’s have been putting up Not In service along Hastings since monday and people have been waiting up to an hour or 2 for 1 to pick them up. as well we were on a 20 Victoria and personally saw the driver more than once put up Not in Service as there were people on board the bus when he did that. It is becoming a bit of a problem.

  • By mike, September 9, 2009 @ 5:51 pm

    160 doesn’t stop for people now in burnaby/vancouver westbound and likewise doesn’t drop off people now in burnaby/vancouver eastbound.

  • By Stefan, September 9, 2009 @ 6:01 pm

    In the case of the 160, it’s probably because they’re no longer picking up passengers along Hastings in Burnaby, so showing “Not In Service” so that riders won’t be expecting them to stop to pick them up. The 135’s frequency has been increased to pick up the slack.

  • By Dave2, September 10, 2009 @ 3:58 pm

    I saw a good one the other day

    “Sorry”
    “Not In Service”
    “Express”

  • By ;-), September 10, 2009 @ 8:37 pm

    I think it’s time we used the Translink complaint form more often to register buses not stopping for passengers. Yes, I too see it often on the #20 and strongly support short-turning the buses between Broadway and 54 to keep it more reliable.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, September 11, 2009 @ 9:56 am

    Certainly not a bad idea — having that data will surely be useful to CMBC. Drivers are meant to register passups too, so this would be a handy cross-reference.

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