As Metro Vancouver mayors continue to push for a new rapid transit line for the Broadway corridor, the latest research from Translink shows buses are less crowded along some of the busiest routes, including the 99-B-Line to UBC.
Jeff Busby, Translink’s senior manager of project development and network management, acknowledges even though service has been improved, many commuters are still being passed up along that Broadway corridor.
“Our work here is never done. The transit system is growing and what we’re trying to do is make best use of the resources we have available.”
Nathan Woods with the local bus drivers union says he doesn’t need a study to confirm what his members already know.
“South side of the Fraser needs to be focused on obviously. The plan that’s put in place talks a lot about LRT and Skytrain service needing to be put in place. You need buses to get there.”
All 215 bus routes in Metro Vancouver were studied. Ridership numbers have grown by eight million in each of the past three years.