METRO VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – It’s another push to get you to park your car and hop on a 40-foot limo: four of five new TransLink RapidBus lines launch into service around Metro Vancouver on Monday.
Not only is it faster and more frequent, but the service also comes with 20 per cent softer seats.
In peak times, the buses will run every three to 10 minutes, with limited stopping along express routes.
Of the new lines, two are actually re-branded B-Line busses.
The 96 B-Line, which runs along King George Boulevard in Surrey, will now be known as the R1. Meanwhile, the R5 will run in place of the 95 B-Line on Hastings Street though Vancouver, and customers on both routes will be treated to the new blue and green Canucks-coloured vehicles.
When it comes to the new options, transit users will now be able to hop on the R3, which runs along Lougheed Highway between Coquitlam Central Station and Haney Place in Maple Ridge.
The new R4 is being welcomed with the hopes of alleviating pressure on students at UBC and Langara, as it runs down 41st Avenue between Joyce Street and UBC.
The RapidBus service is expected to be 20 per cent faster and boasts higher seating capacity.
Other improvements include accessibility improvements at new covered stops, real-time digital schedules, and redesigned streets to prioritize transit.
The final of the five RapidBus lines is expected to launch as last as April due to construction delays. That line will run between Phibbs Exchange and Park Royal.
The launch is part of the TransLink Mayors’ 10-Year Vision.