TransLink has unveiled plans for three new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes in the Lower Mainland, with the goal of launching them by 2027.
See official news here: Global News
These routes, featuring high-capacity buses with traffic signal priority and off-board fare collection, signify a significant expansion in rapid transit.
The proposed BRT lines include:
- King George Blvd from Surrey Centre to White Rock
- Langley Centre to Haney Place (Maple Ridge)
- Metrotown (Burnaby) to North Shore (West Vancouver)
TransLink CEO Kevin Quinn described BRT as a "game-changer," offering separated bus lanes, high frequencies, and rail-like stations. The routes will connect communities to existing or planned SkyTrain lines.
The specific details, such as alignment, designs, costs, and timelines, are yet to be determined. TransLink is optimistic about BRT due to its lower capital cost compared to other transit options, with plans to roll out nine such routes in the next decade.
Bus ridership in Surrey and Langley has exceeded pre-pandemic levels, prompting support for BRT as a means to enhance rapid transit access. The proposed BRT lines align with the region's transit-oriented development legislation and the 10-year Access for Everyone plan, which envisions doubling bus service, extending the Broadway subway line, constructing a gondola to Simon Fraser University, adding new bike lanes, and studying potential SkyTrain extensions.
However, securing funding commitments, especially with a projected $4.7-billion funding gap, remains a challenge. TransLink urges support from provincial and federal governments for the estimated $21-billion Access for Everyone plan.