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4 hours ago, InfiNorth said:

still haven't been on a CNG bus. I see them all the time in Victoria but I get left with a D40LF that sounds like it has missed a few oil changes. Maybe I should move to Abbotsford.

I haven’t been on one either, as I just watched them at the Exchange. I’m sure you’re joking about moving to Abby. There are so many XN40s in Victoria, and I’m sure you’ll be on one soon.

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I have a question here. 

Is there still plans to operate a bus to the Silverdale area? I remember plans at one point to run a bus from downtown and it would go along the Lougheed and make its way towards Silverdale and then come back running through local roads. The idea was to connect to where there was new development. I think the idea was it would run every couple of hours to start and eventually run more often depending on ridership. 

I personally have advocated for better transit in both Mission and east Maple Ridge. Currently the 701 operates some trips to Mission but they leave Haney Place and are express. I  have often thought that the two routes that service Ruskin and Whonnock areas could merge and operate to Mission via Silverdale and then it is serving more areas. If those routes merged and extended they could possibly run hourly and would really change the frequency of service in those areas. 

I also would like to have a bus going from Mission to Agassiz, as there would be connections to the bus to Harrison and Chilliwack as well as the bus that goes to Hope. Then with the 66 that connects Langley to Chilliwack you would have good connections for people on both sides of the Fraser River. It would also do well to boost ridership on the WCE and maybe help relieve some of the congestion on HWY 1 heading into Langley. 

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On 6/17/2021 at 7:26 PM, brianc1981 said:

I have a question here. 

Is there still plans to operate a bus to the Silverdale area? I remember plans at one point to run a bus from downtown and it would go along the Lougheed and make its way towards Silverdale and then come back running through local roads. The idea was to connect to where there was new development. I think the idea was it would run every couple of hours to start and eventually run more often depending on ridership. 

I personally have advocated for better transit in both Mission and east Maple Ridge. Currently the 701 operates some trips to Mission but they leave Haney Place and are express. I  have often thought that the two routes that service Ruskin and Whonnock areas could merge and operate to Mission via Silverdale and then it is serving more areas. If those routes merged and extended they could possibly run hourly and would really change the frequency of service in those areas. 

I also would like to have a bus going from Mission to Agassiz, as there would be connections to the bus to Harrison and Chilliwack as well as the bus that goes to Hope. Then with the 66 that connects Langley to Chilliwack you would have good connections for people on both sides of the Fraser River. It would also do well to boost ridership on the WCE and maybe help relieve some of the congestion on HWY 1 heading into Langley. 

There may be plans for Silverdale service, but everything was held back thanks to Covid. Mixing routes from Translink and BC Transit is highly unlikely, as you cant simply transfer, and people hate paying twice. I can tell you that a bus from Mission to Agassiz, is in the long range plans, but it's unknown how far out that will be.

Th Silverdale area is part of the City of Mission (new, as it used to be district of Mission) and as such it would have to be served by BC Transit, the express bus 701 being the exception, as it replaces the old "Trainbus" service.

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