By Alison Roach
This semester, Translink finally heard our desperate pleas, and has rolled out a few changes to provide better service up and down Burnaby Mountain. In addition to the regular higher seasonal service levels that have been reinstated for the fall semester, here are the permanent changes meant to improve your commute.
The scenic tour of Hastings Street is now available every 15 minutes on Saturday between 9pm and 11pm, making your trip home from the bar a little less crowded. This change is in effect in both directions.
The always-crowded ride from SFU down to Production Way Station is now running every 12 minutes from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Friday.
Service from SFU to Coquitlam Station is running more frequently from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday to Friday, running every 12 minutes instead of every 15.
Word of warning
About the changes, Translink said, “These service improvements have been made possible by redirecting service hours to where they are needed most. This means that certain routes will run less frequently at certain times of the day or night. The change may be barely noticeable — a nine-minute gap instead of seven — or it may be significant, like moving from half-hour service to 60-minute service.” So if you’re travelling during non-peak hours, make sure you check the bus schedule before heading out to wait at the stop in the rain; you could be there a bit longer than expected.