Wednesday, August 9, 2023

New TransLink Report: Bus Congestion Shows Need for Increase Transit Priority Infrastructure

Over the past year, TransLink has been releasing their 2023 Bus Speed & Reliability Report. Earlier in the year, they released information about transit delays due to congestion and the percentage of people that use transit along select transit corridors during peak periods. I posted about this earlier in the year.

TransLink has added new information to its report, so I wanted to examine the South of Fraser context further.

The following map shows how much delay transit riders experience due to congestion. The purple and red sections show where delay is a significant concern.

Map of 2021 Person-Hours of Delay per km on Transit in the South of Fraser. Select the map to enlarge.

The Scott Road, 104 Avenue, 72 Avenue, and Fraser Highway corridors are in Metro Vancouver's top 20 most congested transit corridors.

The way to reduce delay is to introduce transit priority measures, such as what we've done in Langley City on select corridors.

Bus-Only Lane on 203rd Street in Langley City. Select the image to enlarge.

Around 21-35% of people who travel along Fraser Highway do so on public transit during peak travel periods. In Langley, 33-58% of people using the 200th Street corridor do so by public transit during peak travel. These percentages are something to remember, as sometimes bus prioritization means redesignating general travel lanes.

The following map shows transit priority measures installed to date. The dark green lines are bus lanes, and the yellow dots are intersection measures such as queue jumper lanes and transit priority traffic signals.

Map of Transit Prioritization Infrastructure in the South of Fraser. Select the map to enlarge.

As you can see, we have some ways to go in the South of Fraser. TransLink is willing to fund transit priority measures, but municipalities must also be willing. It does take political capital.

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