Monday, August 20, 2018

Increased bus service for the South of Fraser coming in September

TransLink updates its transit service schedule four times per years. On Tuesday, September 3rd, transit service will be adjusted. Thanks to the approval of phase one and two of the 10-Year Vision for Transportation Improvements by the Mayors’ Council, these service changes now result in increased transit service.

One of the best ways to improve the usefulness of transit for the greatest amount of people is by increasing frequency on bus routes. From personal experience, it is a lot easier to plan your life when you don’t have to plan for when the next bus will arrive.

Increasing frequency encourages more people to take transit which generally leads to even more bus service being added; this is a virtuous cycle.

While TransLink’s defines frequent transit service as routes that run every 15 minutes or better for most of the day, increasing regular bus routes from 1 hour to 30 minutes, or 30 minutes to 20 minutes, improves the transit experience.

With that in mind, I am happy to see that TransLink is continuing to invest in increasing the frequency of regular bus routes in the South of Fraser. The following highlights some of the changes that will come into effect in the next few weeks.

319 Scott Road Station/Newton Exchange: Every 12-20 minutes from 5pm to 1am, increasing from every 15-30 minutes, on Saturday.

320 Surrey Central Station/Guildford/Fleetwood: Every 12 minutes from 6am and 8am, and 4pm to 7pm, on weekdays. An increase from every 15 minutes.

321 Surrey Central Station/Newton Exchange/White Rock Centre/White Rock South: Every 12 minutes between 4pm and 6pm on weekdays. An increase from every 15 minutes.

323 Surrey Central Station/Newton Exchange: Every 15 minutes between 6am and 8am, every 12 minutes between 4pm and 7pm, and every 20 minutes between 7pm and 8pm.

337 Fraser Heights/Guildford/Surrey Central Station: Every 12 minutes between 7am and 8am. An increase from every 15 minutes.

555 Lougheed Station/Carvolth Exchange: Every 20 minutes between 9am and 2pm on weekdays. An increase from every 30 minutes. On Saturday, service will be increasing from every 30 minutes to every 20 minutes between 10am and 5pm.

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