Coast Mountain Bus Company route 501 'Langley Centre / Surrey Central Station'
Surrey Central Station
|Operations||Surrey Transit Centre|
|Vehicles||NFI D40LFR |
|Branches||501 Langley Centre|
501 Surrey Central Station
501 Carvolth Exchange*
* One weekday AM trip
501 Langley Centre/Surrey Central Station is a bus route operated by Coast Mountain Bus Company in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
This is a north-south route connecting Langley Centre and Surrey Central Station via Guildford Exchange and Carvolth Exchange. Service runs daily every 30 minutes on weekdays, increasing to every 7–15 minutes during peak hours. Saturday service runs every 15–20 minutes and every 30 minutes on Sundays/holidays.
Northbound trips depart Langley Centre heading east on Logan Avenue, south on Glover Road, west on Fraser Highway, north on Willowbrook Drive, north on 200 Street, east on 86 Avenue, and north on 202 Street to Carvolth Exchange. Continuing from Carvolth Exchange trips head north on 202 Street and then 201 Street, west on 96 Avenue becoming 96 Avenue Connector, south on Golden Ears Way, north on 176 Street, west on Highway 1 and taking the 104 Avenue exit, then west on 104 and south on City Parkway to Surrey Central Station.
Southbound trips depart Surrey Central heading north on University Drive, east onto 104 Avenue and then Highway 1 eastbound. Trips exit Highway 1 onto 176 Street followed by Golden Ears Way becoming the 96 Avenue Connector and heading east onto 96 Avenue, 199A Street, 200 Avenue onto 91A Avenue, 202 Street to Carvolth Exchange. Continuing from Carvolth Exchange, trips head south on 202 Street, 86th Avenue back onto 200 Street heading south and then Willowbrook Drive, east on Fraser Highway, north on 203 Street and east on Logan Avenue to Langley Centre.
When school is in session, two trips take an alternate route in Langley to service R.E. Mountain Secondary School. In the morning, one trip towards Surrey Central Station goes via regular route until 200 Street & 72 Avenue, where it heads east on 72 Avenue, north on 202A Street, west on 80 Avenue, and north on 200 Street where it continues its regular routing. In the afternoon one trip towards Langley Centre goes via regular route until 200 Street & 80 Avenue, where it heads east on 80 Avenue, south on 202A Street, west on 72 Avenue, and south on 200 Street where it continues its regular routing to Langley Centre.
One weekday morning eastbound trip terminates at Carvolth Exchange and one weekday afternoon westbound trip starts at Carvolth Exchange.
|501 Stopping Procedures|
|Pick-up and drop-off service at all stops and express service runs between Surrey Central Station and Guildford Exchange.|
Points of Interest
- Surrey Central Station (Bay 4)
- North Surrey Recreation Centre
- Central City Shopping Centre
- Surrey Public Library City Centre Branch
- Simon Fraser University – Surrey Campus
- Guildford Exchange (Bay 1 – Langley Centre) (Bay 2 – Surrey Central Station)
- Barnston Industrial Area
- Colossus Theatres
- Carvolth Exchange (Bay 3 – Langley Centre) (Bay 4 – Surrey Central)
- Mountain Secondary School (2 trips)
- Willowbrook Mall
- Cascades Casino
- Langley Centre (Bay 3)
- July 1988 - Service introduced as 501 Langley South/New Westminster Station, connecting Grade Crescent & 203rd Street, Langley Mall, Willowbrook Mall, Walnut Grove Park & Ride, Guildford Exchange and New Westminster Station running every 30 minutes during peak hours and every hour during off-peak hours
- September 1989 - 501 New Westminster Station evening trips revised to go via Walnut Grove Park & Ride to provide consistent service instead of having only evening 501 Langley Centre trips service Walnut Grove Park & Ride
- March 1990 - Terminus moved from New Westminster Station to Scott Road Station. Langley South terminus revised from Grade Crescent & 208th Street to 208th Street & 40th Avenue. All tips revised to go via Walnut Grove Park & Ride
- December 1992 - Evening trips revised to run as 330 Langley South, providing local service between Scott Road Station and Guildford Exchange, before continuing as a 501 to Langley SOuth
- September 1993 - Three trips per peak hour revised to go via the Port Kells industrial area
- June 1994 - Accessible service introduced on select trips
- September 1995 - Trips added during the morning and afternoon peak to bring service to Mountain Secondary School along 202A Street
- September 1996 - Additional Port Kells trips introduced with one extra morning southbound trips and one extra afternoon northbound trip beginning from Walnut Grove
- January 1997 - On weekday afternoons, one trip revised to operate as 590 Langley South
- May 1997 - Southbound trips rerouted to run on Grade Crescent between 205th and 208th streets instead of 48th Avenue due to installation of speed bumps. To improve service to Port Kells, eastbound morning peak trips revised to go via Highway 1 and 176th Street and service on 160th Street and 104th Avenue through Fraser Heights discontinued
- December 2002 - Route shortened to Langley Centre and all trips revised to go via Port Kells running along 96th Avenue daily instead of during peak hours only. Service to Langley South discontinued and replaced by the C60 Langley Centre/Langley Hospital and the C61 Langley Centre/Brookswood
- April 2008 - Eastbound service increased to 10-minute frequency during peak morning periods and weekend service increased to half-hourly from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
- September 2012 - Service increase on Saturdays to every 20 minutes from 12 pm to 3 pm.
- December 2012 - Route rerouted to Carvolth Exchange for connections to the 555 Port Mann Express. 501 Walnut Grove short-turn trips extended to Carvolth Exchange and revised to run as 501 Carvolth Exchange
- September 2016 - Service increased during peak hours and introduction of early morning weekday service as former 590 Langley South/Surrey Central Station trips are amalgamated into the 501 schedule and the 590 revised to run only between Langley South and Langley Centre. The stopping pattern between Surrey Central and Guildford was revised to follow that of the 96 B-Line. Service adjustment due to the 590 changes also resulted in PM peak southbound trips to alternate between short-turning at Carvolth and travelling the full route to Langley Centre instead of all PM peak southbound trips terminating at Carvolth Exchange
- April 2021 - Eastbound weekday AM mid-morning service increased from every 15 minutes to every 10 minutes. Early weekday afternoon service in both directions increased from every 30 minutes to every 20 minutes while mid-afternoon service increased from every 20 minutes to every 15 minutes. PM peak hour Carvolth Exchange short-turn trips discontinued as they are revised to travel the full route to Langley Centre. Saturday AM service increased from every 30 minutes to every 15–20 minutes. Westbound evening Saturday service increased from every 30–60 minutes to every 30 minutes
501/590 Joint Operations
Until September 2016, the 501 and 590 operated in tandem during peak hours. During AM peak hours, there was no 501 service towards Surrey Central Station and all trips ran as a 590 that started from Langley South. 501 Surrey Central service did not start until near the end of the morning rush. There were 501 Langley Centre trips during AM peak hours. During PM peak hours, there was limited 501 service to Langley Centre. Near the start of the PM rush, there were a few trips that travelled the full route. All other trips terminated at Carvolth Exchange. The 590 during PM peak hours travelled the full distance to Langley Centre and to Langley South. There were 501 Surrey Central trips that started from Langley Centre during the afternoon rush, but there was more frequent service starting at Carvolth Exchange.
Both routes travelled along the same route between Surrey Central Station and Langley Centre. However, the stopping procedures differed slightly. The 501 had pick-up and drop-off service at all stops. The 590 Surrey Central Station was pick-up and drop-off at all stops up to Guildford Exchange. It then ran non-stop to Surrey Central Station. The 590 Langley South did pick-up only at 104 Avenue & 150 Street before doing pick-up and drop-off service starting at Guildford Exchange.
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