TransLink adds buses on busy routes

Gas tax jump next April enables increase in service now

TransLink is increasing bus service on selected routes in advance of a two-cent increase in the region's gas tax next April.

TransLink will boost rush-hour bus service on selected routes starting Monday.

Passengers from Cloverdale and Langley should see more buses and fewer full ones passing them by on the #320 Surrey Central/Langley and #502 Surrey Central/Aldergrove routes along Fraser Highway.

Spokesman Drew Snider said the decision by area mayors and the province to increase the gas tax two cents a litre next April 1 allowed TransLink to add extra service now rather than waiting until next spring.

“We know we’ve got that funding coming through next year,” he said. “We were able to advance some of that from our reserves and push ahead with areas that sorely need it – some U-Pass routes and some of the routes in the South-of-Fraser area.”

Other routes getting more buses starting Dec. 5 include the #25 Brentwood Station, #84 UBC and #125 BCIT/Patterson Station runs.

More morning trips will be added for the #410 22nd Street Station/Railway route, which connects Richmond, New Westminster and Surrey and has seen a large increase in ridership.

See www.translink.ca for details.

Unlike some past shuffling of service from low ridership routes to higher-demand ones, Snider said this change is a net increase in service, not a rationalization.

More increases are expected next April, Snider said.