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SeaBus increasing 15-minute sailings

More convenient schedule for customers and extra space on vessels

SeaBus 15-minute sailings increasing, starting the week of August 3. 

Beginning on Monday, August 3, weekday SeaBus departures will occur every 15 minutes between 7:15 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9:15 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. on weekends. A holiday schedule will be in effect on BC Day. Currently 15-minute sailings only occur during weekday rush hours.

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Spring service changes to boost North Shore bus service

The new R2 Marine Dr RapidBus launches on April 6.

Beginning April 6, transit on the North Shore is being boosted to provide more frequent and reliable bus service. With the upcoming introduction of the R2 RapidBus along Marine Drive, there will be several additions of new routes and adjustments to existing routes on the North Shore. These changes will allow the North Shore transit network to better integrate with the high frequency RapidBus route.

New North Shore bus routes

R2 Marine Dr (Park Royal/Phibbs Exchange)

  • High frequency RapidBus service with limited stops
  • 8 to 10-minute service every day from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • 15-minute evening service every day from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

222 Willingdon Express

  • Express service with only six stops
  • Serves Phibbs Exchange, the Kootenay Loop, Hastings and Willingdon, Brentwood Town Centre SkyTrain Station, BCIT, and Metrotown
  • 10-minute peak service
  • Former 125 (Patterson/BCIT) customers are encouraged to switch to the new express service

245 Phibbs Exchange/Capilano University

  • 10-minute peak service during summer months
  • More service coming fall 2020 for the new school year

Adjusted North Shore bus routes

240 Lynn Valley/Downtown

  • Terminus extending from Grand Boulevard to Lynn Valley to integrate with the R2 RapidBus

28 Joyce Station/Phibbs Exchange and 130 Metrotown/Phibbs Exchange

  • Terminus moved from Capilano University to Phibbs Exchange

239 Park Royal/Capilano University

  • Service replaced by R2 RapidBus, and increased service on routes 240 and 255

Other major permanent service increases

 31 River District/Metrotown (New Service)

  • Will provide a direct bus connection to the Expo Line for residents of the River District

319 Scott Road Station/Scottsdale Exchange/Newton Exchange

  • Introducing 4 to 8-minute service all day on weekdays until 10:30 p.m.
  • Increasing to 4-minute peak service between Scottsdale Exchange and Scott Road Station

Seasonal changes

Each year, TransLink temporarily increases service during the spring and summer months to key tourist destinations like ferry terminals, parks, and beaches. On April 6, service will increase on route 620 (Bridgeport Station/Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal). In May, service will increase on route 19 (Metrotown/Stanley Park) to reflect growing demand.

In May, service will be temporarily reinstated on the 42 (Alma/Spanish Banks), 150 (White Pine Beach/Coquitlam Central Station), 179 (Buntzen Lake/Coquitlam Central Station), and 236 (Grouse Mountain/Pemberton Heights/Lonsdale Quay) until the fall.

TransLink also temporarily decreases service to post-secondary institutions in these months, as there are less students travelling to and from campus. Service will temporarily reduce on routes 9, 42, 145, 258, and 480.

TransLink boosting bus service to carry up to 20,000 more people each weekday

RapidBus service starts on January 6 in conjunction with our quarterly service changes.

We’re increasing bus service on January 6 to improve bus service frequency and reliability where customers need it most! The significant increases in service will add 65,000 more annual bus service hours to the system, making space for up to 20,000 more people each weekday.

Bus service changes happen every spring, summer, fall, and winter to reflect seasonal changes in demand and to deliver service improvements.

RapidBus service launching on January 6:

  • R1 King George Blvd (Guildford Exchange/Newton Exchange)
    • Eight-minute service during peak hours
  • R3 Lougheed Hwy (Coquitlam Central Station/Haney Place)
    • 10-minute service during peak hours
  • R4 41st Ave (Joyce Station/UBC)
    • Three to six-minute service during peak hours
  • R5 Hastings St (Burrard Station/SFU)
    • Four to five-minute service during peak hours

Outside of peak hours, all RapidBus routes will have 15-minute service or better from 6 a.m. to midnight, sevendays a week. To make the bus system more efficient, there will also be adjustments to some Metro Vancouver bus routes. Key changes include:

  • 41 Joyce Station/Crown
    • New terminus at Crown Street, instead of UBC Bus Exchange
    • 15-minute service during service hours every day
  • 43 Joyce Station/UBC
    • Service replaced by R4 RapidBus
  • 480 UBC/Bridgeport
    • Will run peak hours only
    • For faster service between Bridgeport and UBC, customers can take the Canada Line and the R4 RapidBus connecting with Oakridge Station

Learn more about how your commute might change at translink.ca/servicechanges.

Fall Service Changes set to take your commute to the next level

Our busiest week of the year for commuters is the first week of September. That’s why we’re having one of our largest service increases to date! It’s the first time we’ve ever increased all three of our modes at once!

We do quarterly service changes to accommodate the needs of our customers. This time around, we’re rolling out more bus, more SkyTrain and more SeaBus service starting September 3.

By the numbers:

  • 24 new SkyTrain cars (six trains)
  • 40,000 more annual bus hours
  • 50 per cent more SeaBus capacity

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Fall Service Changes means 6,000 more spaces on transit for our customers!

We're adding more service hours across Metro Vancouver to help reduce overcrowding.

We’re adding more service hours across Metro Vancouver to help reduce overcrowding.

We hear ya — the transit system is busy!

Last year, Metro Vancouver led Canada and the United States in transit ridership growth with 407 million boardings, and the growth trend has continued into this year.

That’s why we’re adding more service hours across the region to help reduce overcrowding as part of our Fall Service Changes, which begin on Monday, Sept. 3!

We’re adding 100 more trips every day and 6,000 more spaces for our customers — made possible through new investments available through the 10-Year Vision.

More than 20 routes across the region are receiving improvements thanks to this new funding. Among them:

  • 23 Beach/Yaletown/Main Street Station
  • 25 Brentwood Station/UBC
  • 43 Joyce Station/UBC
  • 100 22nd Street Station/Marpole Loop
  • 319 Scott Road Station/Newton Exchange
  • 555 Lougheed Station/Carvolth Exchange

We are also improving several routes as part of the updated Southwest Area Transport Plan, which was finalized in July:

  • 104 Annacis island/22nd Street Station
  • 401 Richmond-Brighouse Station/One Road
  • 406 Richmond-Brighouse Station/Steveston*NEW*
  • 408 Richmond Brighouse/Ironwood/Riverport *NEW*
  • 410 Richmond Brighouse Station/22nd Street Station
  • 418 Richmond-Brighouse Station/Kingswood (formerly C98)

For full details and maps, please visit translink.ca/servicechanges. Stay tuned to The Buzzer blog over the next two weeks as we take a deep dive into other notable changes.

Nearly 250,000 annual bus service hours related to the 10-Year Vision have been added since the start of Phase One. The 10-Year Vision means more transit, better roads, safer cycling and pedestrian access — for everyone.

And we’re just getting started! In June, an investment plan for Phase Two of the 10-Year Vision was approved, unlocking $7.3 billion in new funding. This is the largest investment in transit and transportation in Metro Vancouver’s history!

Know before you go! Plan your trip using our Trip Planner at translink.ca/tripplanner.

Author: Allen Tung

TransLink’s Summer Service Changes begins on June 25

Summer Service Changes start June 25

This Monday, June 25 we launch our Summer Service Changes on June 25, bringing better transit to our customers!

Ridership in Metro Vancouver smashed records in May thanks in large part to new transit service introduced as part of the 10-Year Vision. On June 25, we’re increasing service on the 319 Scott Road/Newton Exchange at busy times on weekdays to reduce wait times and pass-ups. This is the latest 10-Year Vision investment to improve our transit system.

We’re also adding extra trips on numerous routes to get you to and from popular summer attractions!

Summer is a time for exploring and there are so many places in Metro Vancouver that you can explore using transit, including amazing hikes and doughtnut shops, street festivals, farmers markets, parks and more. If you know some places accessible on transit that we haven’t covered, leave that info in the comments section!

Visiting summer destinations is why we’re adding extra trips to Stanley Park, Lynn Canyon Park, Buntzen Lake and White Rock Beach. We’re also extending service hours on the 620 route to get you to and from Tsawwassen Ferry terminal during the summer season!

On the 20 Victoria/Downtown route, we’re trying something new to improve reliability. Congestion in downtown Vancouver often affects this route’s reliability. That’s why we’re piloting a layover at Richards Street and W Georgia Street, which will allow buses to get back on schedule.

The 44 Downtown/UBC will no longer serve five bus stops to provide express service in downtown Vancouver.

We’re renaming the C45 and C46 as well as the C60 and C61 routes to improve customer experience for new riders!

They are now the 745 Haney Place/Cottonwood and 746 Haney Place/Albion, and 560 Langley Centre/Murrayville and 561 Langley Centre/Brookswood. Buses will operate exactly the same, only the destination sign will change. Customers can remain on the bus when the route number changes.

These are just highlights! You’ll want to visit translink.ca/servicechanges for a list of all the changes and details.

New platforms for Millennium Line at Lougheed Town Centre Station

We’re streamlining the way our Millennium Line trains move through Lougheed Town Centre Station to create a faster and more reliable trip for our customers.

Trains to VCC–Clark Station will depart from Platform 3 and trains to Lafarge Lake–Douglas will depart from Platform 1. Expo Line platforms will not change. Watch the video to learn more!

C-ya later!

The letter “C” used to indicate the route was served with only community shuttle buses. Today, we operate our bus fleet interchangeably, depending on demand, to better serve our customers.

We’re continuing to phase out the “C” on community shuttle bus routes. On June 25, we’re saying “c-ya” to the “C” on the  C43, C44, C45, C46, C48, C49, C60, C61, C62, C63, C64, C70, C75 and C76.

Know before you go! Sign up for Transit Alerts at translink.ca/alerts, visit translink.ca, follow @TransLink or call Customer Service at 604.953.3333.

Bus Route Buzz – TransLink’s Spring Service Changes begin on April 23, 2018

Bus Route Buzz

Photo of the 403 Three Road/Bridgeport Station bus

The 403 Three Road/Bridgeport Station is one of the routes that will see increased service as part of the 10-Year Vision, beginning on Monday, April 23. (Photo: UltraBuizel10/Flickr)

It’s that time of the year again—Spring Service Changes is here! Most changes are effective Monday, April 23.

As part of the Mayors’ Council’s 10-Year Vision, we’re delivering increased service at busy times on the 229 Lonsdale Quay/Lynn Valley, 337 Fraser Heights/Guildford/Surrey Central Station and 403 Three Road/Bridgeport Station to reduce wait times for our customers.

Map of the 129 and 133 routes

Map of the 129 and 133 routes starting on Apr. 23 (click to enlarge)

The 129 route is renaming into the 129 Patterson Station/Holdom Station and 133 Holdom Station/Edmonds Station to make the routing easier understand and more intuitive for our customers.

Bus routes that service post-secondary institutions, including the 125, 145 and 480, will be adjusted to better reflect ridership during summer semester.

C-ya later! We’re phasing out the “C” on more community shuttle routes this round of service changes, so your route number may be changing. Among them is the C18 and C20, which are now the 68 UBC Exchange/Lower Mall and 70 UBC Exchange/Westbrook Mall.

The letter “C” used to indicate that a route was only served with community shuttle buses. Today, we can better serve our customers by operating different sizes of buses interchangeably, depending on demand.

These are just a few highlights from the Spring Service Changes! For a complete list of the improvements we’re bringing to your neighbourhood, visit translink.ca/servicechanges and stay tuned for Bus Route Buzz.

Four times a year (spring, summer, fall, and winter), TransLink updates its bus service schedules to reflect seasonal changes in customer demand and to optimize service.

 Plan your trip at translink.ca/tripplanner! Have specific route questions? Tweet us @TransLink or call 604.953.3333.

Bus Route Buzz – Winter Service Changes 2017/18: Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows and Tri-Cities

Bus Route Buzz
Bus Route Buzz is our series that takes a deep dive look into quarterly service changes coming to your area. This edition takes a look at improvements to Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows and the Tri-Cities. 

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Bus Route Buzz – Winter Service Changes 2017/18: South of the Fraser

Bus Route Buzz

Bus Route Buzz is our series that takes a deep dive into quarterly service changes. This edition takes a look at improvements South of the Fraser. 

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Bus Route Buzz – Winter Service Changes 2017/18: Burnaby & New Westminster

Bus Route Buzz
Bus Route Buzz is our series each service change that takes a deep dive into what’s coming to your area. In this edition, we take a look at improvements in Burnaby and New Westminster. 

TransLink makes bus service changes every quarter (spring, summer, fall and winter), to reflect seasonal changes in demand and bring more service to where customers need it most. This winter, we’re improving bus service to reduce overcrowding and wait times, expand service hours, and increase reliability.

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Bus Route Buzz – Winter Service Changes 2017/18: Vancouver

Bus Route Buzz

Bus Route Buzz is our series each service change that takes a deep dive into what’s coming to your area. In this edition, we take a look at improvements in Vancouver. 

We’re improving bus service to reduce overcrowding and wait times, expand service hours and increase reliability!

More than 29,000 annual service hours of bus service are being added as part of Winter Service Changes that began on December 18, 2017 and January 1, 2018.

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Bus Route Buzz – Winter Service Changes begin December 18, 2017

Bus Route Buzz

Bzzzzzzz! It’s back! Bus Route Buzz is back for the final service change installment of 2017!

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Special Holiday Schedule – December 2017

From December 18 to December 31, 2017, several bus routes will operate on a reduced service to reflect lower ridership to post-secondary schools.You’ll want to check the transit service changes page for the full details. Now that post-secondary schools are out for the holidays, some bus route schedules and frequencies will change to reflect the lower ridership. School and university trips will return to normal during the first week of January.

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Bus Route Buzz – Vancouver

Bus Route Buzz

Hey Vancouver! This September, why not save some fuel and take the bus to school?! In addition to regular seasonal bus changes, we’re adding more service to reduce crowding on the 25 Brentwood Station/UBC, 49 Metrotown Station/UBC and 84 VCC-Clark Station/UBC.

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Bus Route Buzz: North Vancouver, White Rock and Tsawwassen

Bus Route Buzz

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.

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