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Metro Vancouver bus routes slower, more crowded: report

Last Updated Oct 21, 2019 at 1:59 pm PDT

(Photo by Dustin Godfrey for NEWS 1130)
Summary

A report by TransLink says 80 per cent of routes are slower than they were five years ago

The worst route for delays is in Surrey's King George Boulevard /104 Avenue route

In Vancouver, the 41st Avenue and Broadway routes are listed as the worst

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — More people are riding the bus in Metro Vancouver — and it’s taking them longer to get where they’re going.

A report by TransLink says 80 per cent of routes are slower than they were five years ago. Bus trips account for 61 per cent of transit in Metro Vancouver.

“The negative effect on customers is not only longer and less reliable journey times, but also longer waits and increased overcrowding due to bus bunching. This reduces the overall attractiveness of transit compared to driving, ride-hailing, taxi and even cycling and walking,” says the report.

The report ranks the 20 worst routes for delays and congestion.

Surrey’s King George Boulevard /104 Avenue tops the list, followed by Highway 99 in Richmond.

The 41st Avenue and Broadway routes in Vancouver are next.

The report also estimates the delays are costing TransLink $75 million dollars per year.

The report will be discussed at the next Mayors’ Council meeting.