VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Five bus routes in the Lower Mainland are set to get “RapidBuses” in January 2020, as TransLink upgrades two existing bus routes and adds three more.
At an announcement on Tuesday, TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond revealed the newest version of the B-line model, buses that make limited stops and follow an express route.
“Like the current B-lines, the new services will be more frequent and use 60-foot articulated buses. The B-lines have served us very well over many years, but it’s now time to step up our bus game,” he said.
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“Coming to three new corridors, the RapidBus will serve Lougheed Highway from Maple Ridge to Coquitlam, Marine Drive on the North Shore, and 41st Ave in Vancouver. We’re also upgrading the Hastings Streets and King George Boulevard B-lines to RapidBus.”
The new buses will have the combined capacity to move up to 12,000 people per hour during rush hour. They’re up to 20 per cent faster than standard buses, and will run at least every ten minutes during peak times, and as fast as every three minutes. During off-peak times, they will run at least every 15 minutes.
Two additional RapidBus lines be up and running in 2021, connecting Richmond-Brighouse Station to the Expo Line, and in Surrey and Delta from Newton to Scott Road Station.