More buses key plank of plan
TransLink’s plan for 2008 will add 94 new buses or community shuttles to expand the fleet, over and above the 160 more new buses slated to replace old ones.
That will push up total transit service by 5.9 per cent next year, about one per cent more than the projected increase in demand.
The extra buses will allow full bus rapid transit service along the new 95-B Line route that follows Hastings Avenue to SFU.
At least two dozen new buses will go to meet demand in areas south of the Fraser, including the 152 Street corridor to White Rock.
TransLink officials say the net effect of the extra buses will be to greatly extend the frequent transit network they define as providing service at least every 15 minutes, 15 hours a day.
Nearly all of the network is so far concentrated in Vancouver, apart from SkyTrain and some B-Line routes.
By the end of 2008, however, nearly one million residents—or 46 per cent of the GVRD population, up from 36 per cent now—will live within 450-metre walking distance of the network.
Among the bus routes that will go frequent in 2008: from 22nd Street Station to Richmond Centre via Highway 91; and from Richmond Centre to Steveston.
Next year, TransLink plans to launch new area transit plans to identify local priorities for Richmond.
I am not sure what they mean by “full bus rapid transit service” since that is a very flexible term. BRT in many cities like Curitiba , Ottawa but, best of all Bogota means a completely segregated roadway – and that is certainly not going to be the case on Hastings. However that route already has bus/HOV lane provision at peaks. No bus priority at traffic signals, though, so far as I know. But I am pleased that now this blog is being more widely read there may be some comments from others better informed than I.
“Go frequent” (not the best English usage but we should let that alone) means 15 minute headway. I would rather reserve the term for the 7 minute headways common on some of the busier Vancouver trolley routes, but for Richmond it would certainly be an advance, especially if it applies off peak. And since there are four routes which connect Richmond Centre to Steveston (401, 402, 407, 410) which one are we talking about? The #410 already has 15 minute headways
One the things I will be pushing for in the new plan is more express bus service utilizing the freeway system. Nonstop, direct services between major regional centres. Richmond-Whalley, Richmond – New Westminster, Richmond-Metrotown, Whalley – Guildford -Coquitlam Town Centre would all be on my shopping list for early implementation.