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  1. I have to wonder if the B-Line program means doing something about the crunch in Kerrisdale on 41st EB. 41s, 43s and 480s often get stuck there because it's 1 lane eastbound and lots of queueing. It's pretty much because of the bottleneck - you never get congestion there going WB in the AM and that's because there are actually 2 lanes. Usually I would avoid this by taking the 49 instead. It was especially bad in the summer last few years when they closed off Marine Dr... I just remember passing by going WB and seeing the lines of cars, buses...
  2. Haha, no I was not. Changed that to "must". A 503 extension to YXX or a nearby exchange would be pretty awesome, BTW.
  3. Beyond all of the criticisms already levied... I think the new 503 is just too long. It doesn't help that it's essentially returning to being the 502 Aldergrove except just retaining the 503 number (since the 502's "15 min" freq is really going to be the 502 and 503 each running every 30 mins. Booo, hisss). The repercussions of something like an accident on the route could be pretty massive. A block in the highway east of Langley (or even a bus break-down) and suddenly there's a 30 minute gap between local buses west of Langley. Cut off the highway west of Langley, and you introduce further delays as the 503 will now have to pick up other stranded local passengers while en route to Langley. I can just see the PR repercussions of such incidents: local residents at a stop for 20-30 minutes, waiting for a westbound 503 bus that is stuck somewhere in Murrayville while B-Line buses that aren't stopping pass by every 8 minutes. I really can't think of a better way to douse peoples' enthusiasm for Fraser B-Line service... Keeping the 503 separate from the 502 is definitely a must - whether it is by outright truncating 503 at Langley Centre (so 503 riders funnel onto the big B-Line buses), or continuing to run it as an express or non-stop service. A reasonable compromise would be to run the continuing express service to King George Station during peak hours, similar to how the 501 shadows 96 service on 104th. However, given the connection to BC Transit in Aldergrove (and the potential that this connection could be improved by BC Transit, i.e. connected to the growing Abbotsford Airport), I would actually like to see continuous 503 express service maintained all-day - or at least for however long the 21 is operating, otherwise terminate @ Langley Centre. One thing TL has been curiously quiet about is the peak-hour supplemental routes in Fleetwood (345 and 395). With the introduction of the B-Line and its supporting infrastructure, I feel like changing these routes into faster express services should be done, since both routes are geared towards City Centre & SkyTrain commuters rather than local commuters. These routes would then supplement the B-Line service. This could be done later as a measure to alleviate overcrowding in Fleetwood, in case the B-Line is extremely popular.
  4. Hopefully those running time adjustments will allow for the realization of those B-Line time savings. Enough times now I've been on the 95 coming from the SFU only for it to arrive at Kootenay Loop a little early and end up waiting there for several minutes before continuing. I think because the 95 is essentially still following the 135 schedule for run-time, but it is obviously much more reliable making fewer express stops (with an FTN 160 also relieving some of the passenger volume).
  5. Continuing to run 503 as a super-express during peak hours, or as a B-Line alternative such as the 501 is today (and the former 48X/49X routes), would make the most sense. Unfortunately it seems that TransLink's intention is to actually take the Surrey Central-Langley segment and convert it into a local route. Way to gimp the 503.... this will greatly diminish its regional role due to a far slower trip or an added connection to get to BC Transit's route 21 in Aldergrove...
  6. Interesting that they chose to stop at Leslie rather than FS Alderbridge. Anyone heading to the shopping complex will have to walk another block up to the intersection before crossing. I reckon most will try to cross right there, which doesn't make much sense as 1. there's no light yet, and 2. only access from Garden City is at the corner. It's also an extra walk to the mid-rises on the SW corner, so I feel like there's ridership potential that will be missed there. On the other hand I find this stop location to be quite favourable for accessing the businesses to the west of the intersection - so, like, the restaurant row on Alexandria. I usually just do the 10 min walk from Lansdowne Stn, but I might be taking the 430 to get there sometimes now.
  7. What!? How frequent was it going to be at the time?
  8. 5/6 is pretty simple for me. 5 runs on Robson, 6 runs on Denman. The routes also traverse some other streets but generally you can refer to the routes as belonging to those respective corridors.
  9. Transit in Vancouver: Questions and Answers

    The loop upgrade was mostly the shelters and boarding pads I believe, along with the revamped station entrances, which are part of the station renewals program that also retrofitted this station for faregates. Some of the facilities are probably built with the future Scott Rd B-Line in mind.
  10. Vancouver general sightings and notes

    The 10 and 17 are definitely getting Novas lately, I notice that every time at Marine. @Dr. BusFreak nothing looks wrong to me. You can access the 95 from the south exit of the Canada Line Waterfront Station.
  11. Vancouver general sightings and notes

    Well, if it helps to mention, the KL Innovia 200s that were just merged are even older than our 2xx series Mark IIs (built in 1998). Combining a merging project with mid-life refurb will probably be more cost-efficient than doing those two separately.
  12. I thought there was something unusual when I was walking north of Burrard Stn on NYE and saw the 44 bus bay is now just north of Dunsmuir. Hopefully it makes sense for the route.
  13. Vancouver general sightings and notes

    Hmm. I guess it's a little different for the DE buses, but there are now two instances in which XN40s Im riding on had to be taken out of service mid-route due to a coolant leak...
  14. Marpole - Silvertree Transit Centre

    Did some quick research. There used to be a mill on this site, which is now described as a "concrete wasteland". It's the empty area located just west of the Canada Line Bridge, between Kent and the River. I do believe that there is a lot of HandyDart buses already in this site. My guess is that the yard might support some of that double decker expansion slated for 2019 onwards.