Coast Mountain bus drivers are responding to TransLink’s effort to overhaul its bus and SkyTrain routes.
TransLink is looking to add buses to peak routes, while taking buses off underused routes.
But the bus operators union, Unifor Local 111, says Vancouver is already currently short 500 buses.
President Nathan Woods says that means they’re hearing from unhappy commuters, who are tired of being passed up at bus stops.
“Every organization that you can think of, every level of government across canada has said we need more busses, we need more funding for transit. And today, the cry is louder than ever and it’s getting worse.”
Woods adds that in some cases, buses aren’t even running through growing areas of the region.
“The 2014 TransLink plan called for community shuttle service for the Burke Mountain area of Coquitlam. That’s on hold. In fact, it’s probably stopped right now as a result of these optimizations. This TransLink survey doesn’t have transit going in there.”
Woods says bus service to the Tri-Cities is being reduced to focus on the Evergreen Line, which is now delayed to 2017.