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Taking a ride on the new 555 Port Mann Express

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Passengers boarding the 555 Port Mann Express at Braid Station on the first day of weekday service.

When I saw the schedule for the new 555 Port Mann Express, I was a bit skeptical of the scheduled time of 22 minutes between Braid Station and the new Carvolth Transit Exchange in Langley. I’ve driven over the Port Mann Bridge enough times in my lifetime to wonder: would it really be that quick?

Turns out, the answer is yes!

I went for my first-ever ride this morning – the first day of weekday service – during the morning peak. With the new Port Mann Bridge opened on Saturday, the bus hummed along in the HOV lane and made for a quick trip. At 7am, the trip from Braid to Carvolth was around 15 minutes. My ride back at 8am was closer to the advertised 22 minutes, mainly because there was traffic backed up at the Brunette exit.

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The view from inside the bus going over the new Port Mann Bridge (this photo is from Saturday).

Overall, it seems that the bus, combined with the opening of the new Port Mann Bridge, makes for a speedy commute. On the Langley to Braid trip, there were about 10 other commuters on board. I chatted with someone from Langley who was going to see his previous one hour and forty minute commute (a combination of buses to Surrey, then the Expo and then the Millennium Lines) halved with the new service.

Some of our intrepid readers were also out on the new route this weekend:

Have you been out for a ride on the new 555 Port Mann Express? Tell us about your experience here in the comments.