The union representing Metro Vancouver bus drivers is lamenting the fact no new buses are included for the region in today’s major funding announcement.
Unifor Local 111 President Nathan Woods says new buses would alleviate traffic congestion, pass ups and delayed services.
“It is disappointing to hear that that’s on the back burner, or phase two. Phase one funding doesn’t include in Metro Vancouver any improvements immediately to purchase new buses or to improve service for our riders.”
Woods says the 99B-line is one of the busiest routes and more service is needed to keep up with demand.
And he says hundreds of new busses are needed across the region to fill the gap.
“Clearly 500 new busses across metro Vancover would help alleviate traffic congestion, pass ups, crush loads, delayed services.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced $460 million dollars in federal funding over two years for public transportation in B.C., including $370 million dollars for Metro Vancouver.