Thursday, August 27, 2015

What the Evergreen Line will do to bus service in the Northeast Sector

The Northeast Sector, which includes Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, and Coquitlam, is a major travel destination for people who live in the South of Fraser. With the introduction of the Evergreen Line next fall, TransLink had to update its Northeast Sector Area Transit Plan, Phase 3: Near-Term Priorities. The update contains the following recommendations.

Not surprising, but with the new SkyTrain service, the 97 B-Line will be discontinued. The 190, which provides express bus service to Downtown Vancouver from Coquitlam Centre, will also be discontinued. The 160 will be upgraded to frequent transit service levels between Port Moody and Port Coquitlam. A new bus service will also be introduced between Burquitlam Station and SFU. The 169 service levels will be reduced.

The following map shows all the bus routes that will be impacted by the introduction of the new Evergreen Line service.

Map of proposed changes as a result of the introduction of the Evergreen Line. Select map to enlarge.

This map shows the complete network. It also identifies routes that TransLink wants to improve service levels for, and proposed new routes.

Full Northeast Sector Transit Map. Includes all future service level changes and proposed new routes. Select map to enlarge.

One of the things to keep in mind is that TransLink has no money to expand transit service. Beyond the changes made due to the Evergreen Line service integration, don’t expect much else to change until more funding is secured for transit in our region.


Tim said...

Do you know if the route planned from Burquitlam to SFU will have weekend service?

Nathan Pachal said...

It is meant to been a peak period, frequent route. I'm not sure if it will have all-day coverage. The details aren't released yet.