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Translink To Increase Service Across Metro Vancouver

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Translink has just launched the first phase of a 10-year plan to increase SkyTrain and SeaBus service across Metro Vancouver.

The addition of more transit in the region will allow for expanded bus and HandyDART services, as well as improvements made to major roads in an effort to reduce congestion.

“Metro Vancouver’s public transportation system is finally turning a corner after nearly a decade without significant region-wide investment in transit services,” said TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond. “With completion of the Evergreen Extension in December, and this week’s launch of the first transit enhancements included in the 10-Year Vision, Metro Vancouver is starting to see the long-overdue transportation improvements that will get our region moving again.”

The first phase includes the following changes:

SkyTrain

  • On weekdays – peak service will end 15 minutes later in the morning and last one hour longer in the afternoon and evening rush.
  • On weekends – trains will increase to match weekday off-peak frequency meaning trains will run every 3 to 6 minutes.

Canada Line

  • More frequent service during weekday peak hours.
  • 11 per cent increase in passenger capacity during the busiest periods – that means an extra 3,700 passengers in each direction every weekday.

Bus and HandyDART

  • 10 per cent increase in bus service.
  • 15 per cent increase for HandyDART meaning 85,000 more available trips annually.

SeaBus

  • Doubling SeaBus Service on Sundays and holidays to sailings every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Additional changes being rolled out over the next several months include expanded transit services to neighbourhoods that have minimal transit options, as well as safer pedestrian walkways and cycling routes.

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