As part of this, we’re thrilled to be implementing the first improvements from the Southwest Area Transport Plan, which was finalized in July. The plan established a blueprint for the transit and transportation needs in Richmond, South Delta, the Tsawwassen First Nation and important connections to North Delta.
Starting on Sept. 3, we’re splitting the 401 and 410, both into two routes to improve speed and reliability. We’re also extending service to new areas: Port Royal and the Blundell Road Industrial Area! Read more »
Restaurant manager Nirav Surani employs many teenagers and young adults at the Tsawwassen Mills mall’s KFC, who travel from communities throughout Metro Vancouver to work there part-time.
The younger ones are enjoying their first work experience, while earning spending money. Others are post-secondary students working to help offset student loans.
While some drive to work, most rely on transit to get to-and-from the mall, or to connect to the mall’s employee shuttle service near SkyTrain’s Scott Road Station.
That’s why it’s welcome news for Nirav that transit, cycling, walking and road infrastructure are set to improve in Richmond, Delta and the Tsawwassen First Nation with TransLink’s Southwest Area Transport Plan (SWATP) finalized.
The plan serves as a blueprint for how we can best allocate our resources over the next decade to improve transit and transportation in the area, including important connections to North Delta.
Most notably for Nirav and his employees, a Tier 1 recommendation in the plan is adding the 601 Bridgeport Station/South Delta/Boundary Bay to the Frequent Transit Network (FTN). This route is one of three that directly serves the mall.
The FTN are corridors where transit service is frequent enough that customers don’t need to refer to a schedule. They operate at least every 15 minutes in both directions throughout the day and into the evening, every day of the week.
“Definitely, I’m excited that more improvements will be coming,” says Nirav. “It will not only help employees get to the mall, but also the general public. The weekends are always so busy, and I’m sure more people want to come to the mall.”
Tier 1 recommendations in the plan will be advanced first, as funding allows and alongside other regional priorities. The first improvements begin rolling out in September as part of our Fall Service Changes—stay tuned for details!
Other Tier 1 recommendations include:
Additional frequency on the 301, 311 and 430
Redesigning both the 401 and 410/C98 routes, each becoming two routes
Upgrading the 403 and 601 to the Frequent Transit Network
Thank you to everyone who participated in Phase 2 consultation this spring on the Southwest Area Transport Plan (SWATP). The draft report recommendations for Phase 2 are in and ready for your review! We want to know what you think from now until December 1, 2017December 10, 2017.
During consultation, which included an online survey and in-person engagement activities, we heard concerns about the proposed changes to routes such as the 602 and 480.
That’s why we made modifications to all of the proposals that had significant-to-moderate concern expressed. In fact, after reading through all of your comments, we even found ways to make some of the proposals which received strong support even better!
#PaulThePlanner explains some of the proposals in Phase 2 of the Southwest Area Transport Plan to a pair of residents.
A big thank you to everyone who got involved and had their say on the Southwest Area Transport Plan (SWATP)! We received more than 3,200 survey responses between May 23 and June 19. We also heard directly from people at 16 in-person events, some with more than 500 people in attendance.
While we are still going through all of the input we received, some of what we heard included lots of support for proposals that identified new bus service, including new connections from Expo Line to the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal, a proposed service from Ladner Exchange to Langley, and new service along Blundell Road in Richmond. Additionally, there was support for increased frequency on existing bus services, such as the 301, 311, 388, 430 and C76.
We’re back again with Phase 2 of the Southwest Area Transport Plan (SWATP) and we still need your help and want your input!
Take the survey from May 23 until June 19 and have your say, your way on proposed changes for this area.
What exactly IS SWATP?
I’m so glad you asked!
SWATP is a review of this area that will focus on improving transit service and infrastructure while addressing cycling, walking, driving and goods movement.
The planning process looks at customer experience, current and projected land use and development, transportation and ridership data as well as feedback from the public, stakeholders and local governments.
What is the goal of SWATP?
Proposed changes in Phase 2 aim to:
Provide more reliable and convenient bus service.
Provide Frequent Transit Network (FTN) service along key corridors.
Improve bus service for growing communities and large areas of employment, including industrial areas.
Make NightBus more direct for service to Richmond City Centre and YVR Airport.
Identify regionally-significant corridors for cycling investment.