TransLink is adding more bus hours to some key routes on the North Shore, making permanent as well as seasonal changes to weekday and weekend service.
The increase in service during busy time, the agency says, will reduce overcrowding, and improve reliability as part of the Mayors’ 10-Year Vision commitments.
From May 25, the Dundarave 250 A bus route will see a permanent increase its frequency. It is one among three routes in the region that will see such an increase.
The 250 A bus will be on the road every 7-10 minutes from 7 am to 8 am and every 6-12 minutes from 5 pm to 6 pm on the weekdays in a month from now.
TransLink is also adding later trips on Saturday nights on the 229 Lonsdale Quay to Lynn Valley route. There will be an extra eastbound trip at 1:32 am and an extra westbound trip at 1:08 am.
There will be additional bus service during busy times on weekends on the 250 Horseshoe Bay bus to Vancouver. On Saturdays, passengers will be able to board the bus every 20 minutes from 7 am to 8 am and every 20 minutes from 2 pm to 6 pm.
TransLink is also adding more trips on Saturday mornings to the 257 Horseshoe Bay Express to connect users with the first ferries to and from Bowen Island. An extra eastbound trip will be added at 4: 55 am and an extra westbound trip will be added at 6 am.
All the route changes came to effect on April 22, except the 250 A route, which comes into effect next month.
TransLink is also doubling service on the bus route that connects Grouse Mountain to Lonsdale Quay.
The 236 route see weekday service every 15 minutes from 9 am to 3 pm, and service every 30 minutes from 8 pm to 10 pm.