September means back-to-school for many in Metro Vancouver. Come September 4, as part of Fall Service Changes, and the 10-Year Vision we’re bringing increased capacity on many of the region’s most crowded routes including the 620 to Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal, the 240 to North Vancouver and the 351 to White Rock.
What’s coming for North Vancouver?
28 Joyce Station/Phibbs Exchange/Capilano University (Seasonal)
- Service between Phibbs Exchange and Capilano University returns, coinciding with the return to school.
210 Upper Lynn Valley/Vancouver (Seasonal)
- Morning trips leaving Burrard Station return.
227 Lynn Valley Centre/Phibbs Exchange (Seasonal)
- Service will run every 30 minutes weekends and holidays from noon to 7 p.m.
Extra trips between Lynn Valley Centre and Lynn Canyon Park end and will return next summer.
236 Grouse Mountain/Pemberton Heights/Lonsdale Quay (Seasonal)
- Regular service returns during midday hours Monday-Friday, to coincide with end of tourist season.
130 Metrotown Station/Hastings/Phibbs Exchange/Capilano University (Permanent)
- We’re increasing service during rush periods and evenings on weekdays and Saturdays.
Weekdays – Service runs every 6-7 minutes, up from every 7-8 minutes, from 7 a.m.-10 a.m. and 2 p.m.-5 p.m.
Saturdays – Service runs every 12-15 minutes, up from every 15-20 minutes, from 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
240 15th Street/Vancouver (Permanent)
- We’re increasing frequency during weekday rush periods and Saturdays to reduce overcrowding.
Weekdays – Service runs every 8-12 minutes, up from every 8-15 minutes, from 6 a.m.-9 a.m. and every 8-9 minutes, up from every 10 minutes, from 3 p.m.-6 p.m.
Saturdays – Service runs every 10 minutes, up from every 12 minutes, from 1:30 p.m.-6 p.m.
What’s coming for White Rock?
351 Crescent Beach/Bridgeport Station (Permanent)
- We’re increasing frequency to reduce overcrowding during rush hour periods during the week.
Weekdays: Service will run every 7-12 minutes from 7 a.m.-9 a.m. and every 10-12 minutes from 3 p.m.-6 p.m.
354 White Rock South/Bridgeport Station (Permanent)
- The 354 will run every 10-20 minutes during rush hour and provide a direct connection to Bridgeport SkyTrain Station.
- The 354 will continue to service the same areas of White Rock, but passengers may have to board from a stop on the opposite side of the street. Service on 148th Ave and 20th Ave will end. Residents in these areas will have to transfer to route 360 or walk to a bus stop on 152 St or North Bluff Road.
In off-peak times, Morgan Creek residents can take the new 363, which connects to the 351 and 321
These route changes are a result of the 2017 Transit Network Review. In February 2017, we invited customers and neighbours to have their say on proposed new bus routes in the Silver Valley, Clayton Heights and Morgan Creek communities and changes to the transit network in Port Coquitlam/South Coquitlam. To learn more, visit translink.ca/networkreview.
We’re dropping the letter “C” from all bus routes in the region. This letter used to indicate that a route was only served with smaller Community Shuttle buses. Today, we can better serve our customers by operating different sizes of buses interchangeably, depending on demand.
For Example: In December 2016, the “C” was removed from all routes in Coquitlam. Most of these routes are still operated as community shuttles, but some have larger buses in peak times when there are more riders.
C50/360 – Ocean Park/Peace Arch Hospital (Permanent)
- The C50 has a new name! Meet the new 360.
C51/361 – Ocean Park/White Rock Centre (Permanent)
- The C51 has a new name! Meet the new 361.
C52/362 – Seaside/White Rock Centre (Permanent)
- The C52 has a new name and more frequent service in winter! Meet the new 362.
- The 362 will continue to operate:
Weekdays: Every 30 minutes from 9:30 a.m.- 9:30 p.m.
Saturdays: Every 30 minutes from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
Sundays/Holidays: Every 30 minutes from 8:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
C53/363 – Southpoint/Peace Arch Hospital (Permanent)
- The C53 has a new name and serves a new neighbourhood!
- The new 363 will extend along 160 Street through the rapidly developing Morgan Creek neighbourhood.
The route was also redesigned to provide simpler and more direct service through South Surrey.
This route change is also a result of the 2017 Transit Network Review where we invited customers and neighbours to have their say on proposed new bus routes in the Silver Valley, Clayton Heights, and Morgan Creek communities and changes to the transit network in Port Coquitlam/South Coquitlam. To learn more, visit translink.ca/networkreview.
What’s coming for Tsawwassen?
620 Tsawwassen Ferry/Bridgeport Station (Permanent)
- We’re increasing capacity to reduce crowding between the Canada Line and Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal.
- BC Ferries schedules: http://www.bcferries.com/schedules
In the busiest periods, up to four 60-foot articulated buses will depart Bridgeport Station at the same time – enough space to carry 300 people! More trips will be added to the schedule at the busiest times, every day of the week.
These changes are a part of our regular, seasonal service changes that occur four times each year in April, June, September and December to bring more service to more people with the resources available.
Fall service changes start Monday, September 4. Learn more about bus improvements at translink.ca/servicechanges.
Author: Sarah Kertcher