TransLink has aborted a change that would have resulted in SkyTrains running less frequently in Surrey at off-peak times.

Planned SkyTrain frequency cut for Surrey cancelled after complaints

TransLink officials say they didn't intend to create extra 90-second wait between trains to and from King George

TransLink has backtracked from a plan that would have made SkyTrain riders wait considerably longer for less frequent off-peak trains to and from Surrey.

The change to SkyTrain schedules and routes that takes effect Oct. 22 was to include a 20 per cent cut in SkyTrain frequency on the new Expo branch to King George, where mid-day and evening trains would have run seven and a half minutes apart, instead of six minutes now.

But officials now say that part of the initial schedule was an oversight and it has been retooled to eliminate the extra delay after it was criticized by Surrey transit blogger Daryl dela Cruz.

“Mr. dela Cruz pointed that out and we looked at it from the planning perspective and said ‘No that’s not what we want to do,'” said Geoff Cross, TransLink vice-president of transportation planning and policy. “That was not the intention. So we were able to go back and adjust.”

Trains to and from Surrey will be within a few seconds of the current frequencies, including the six minutes between trains at off-peak times, Cross said.

“It’s great news for Surrey commuters,” dela Cruz said of the changes.

The SkyTrain reconfiguration coming this month is part of TransLink’s preparation to begin service on the Evergreen Line before Christmas.

The Millennium Line switches from a loop to an east-west only route from VCC-Clark through North Burnaby, Port Moody and Coquitlam.

While the Expo Line will split at Columbia into two branches – one to King George and the other ending at Production Way-University.

TransLink aims to add 28 new SkyTrain cars to the system if Metro Vancouver mayors approve a phase one expansion plan in November.

Cross said the expansion plan would also allow a near-immediate improvement in off-peak SkyTrain service to begin starting in January.

That would mean “much better” frequency at mid-day and evenings on the Expo Line.

“We’re actually looking at lengthening the peak period where we’re offering the highest level of service by 30 minutes in each direction.”

That would mean peak service that now runs from 6:30 to 9:00 a.m. would extend to roughly 9:30 and the 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. peak would extend to approximately 7:00.

 

Just Posted

Surrey policing plan sent to provincial government for review

‘I urge our residents to come out and help us shape their Surrey Police Department,’ Surrey mayor says

Cloverdale high school raising money for first-ever grad dinner

Bottle and clothing drive will fundraise for Cloverdale Learning Centre’s first graduation dinner

Cloverdale Market Days return this Saturday

Markets will be held once a month until September

Surrey councillors say they’ve now seen policing transition plan

Locke and Hundial decline to share details of the plan, repeat calls for its release to residents

RCMP target speeders in White Rock, Surrey

Officers throughout the province launch Swoop campaign

Kelowna toddler suffers cracked skull after fall from balcony

Neighbour who found the two-year-old boy said he has a bump the size of a golf ball on his head

Baby boom seniors putting pressure on B.C. long-term care: report

B.C. leads Canada in growth of dementia, dependence on care

RCMP probe if teen was intentionally hit with ski pole by mystery skier on B.C. mountain

The incident happened on March 20 on Grouse Mountain. Police are urging witnesses to come forward

Support growing for orphaned Okanagan child after father dies in highway crash

Family thanks emergency crews for assistance in traumatic incident

Pipeline protester chimes in on Justin Trudeau’s B.C. fundraising speech

The government purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion

UPDATED: B.C. man says he’ll take People’s Party lawsuit as far as he can

Federal judge shut down Satinder Dhillon’s ‘nonsensical’ motion to bar use of PPC name in byelection

Coquitlam RCMP release video in search for witness to crash that killed girl, 13

Witness is described as a slim Asian man with short, black hair, no facial hair and wearing glasses

Four rescued from Golden Ears mountain

Hikers from Surrey started out for Evans Peak at 6 p.m.

Most Read