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TransLink Prepares for Large Service Increase; Adding 65,000 Service Hours Annually

As Passenger Transport went to press, TransLink in Vancouver, BC, was preparing for the April 24 launch of its largest increase in bus service hours since 2010, funded by its 10-Year Vision for Metro Vancouver Transportation and joining expanded service on SkyTrain automated, driverless rail transit and SeaBus ferries.

The region-wide expansion of bus service includes 65,000 more service hours per year and improvements to 26 routes. Schedule changes will shorten wait times, reduce overcrowding, lengthen bus service hours and add more frequent service on routes.

TransLink Chief Executive Officer Kevin Desmond said the agency is “just getting started” with the increase. “After three years of planning and consultation, the 10-Year Vision is moving from words to action, delivering added capacity now to reduce overcrowding.”

According to Desmond, the service expansion “will give our customers immediate benefits … shorter wait times, less crowding and more service. … We are just three months into the 10-year plan, and we’re already delivering on the investment in transit and road improvements we need to keep the region livable and thriving.”

He noted that the Canadian government and the British Columbia provincial government have each pledged $2.2 billion (Cdn.) in public transit funding. “It’s another push of momentum toward improved transit and infrastructure across the
region. This is a very exciting time for TransLink and the entire region,” Desmond added.

TransLink was also planning seasonal adaptations to its schedule.
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