New routes affect Metro Vancouver commuters

CBC News

routesMany Metro Vancouver commuters heading back to work and school on Tuesday will have to have to be prepared for some changes to their normal routes.

With the opening of the new Canada Line rapid transit route between Vancouver, Richmond and the airport, TransLink has changed a large number of bus routes in Richmond, Ladner, Delta and Tsawwassen to transfer bus commuters to the nearest station, rather than running buses across the Fraser River.

Most of the rerouted buses will now run with more frequency, along with others in Richmond that already connect with Canada Line stations.

But the old 98 B-Line that used to offer high-speed service between the two cities has been cancelled and the high capacity articulating buses have been reassigned to other routes. The No. 100 service out to the airport has also been cancelled and the route will end at Marpole loop.

In Vancouver, TransLink has also boosted its east-west bus service to and from the University of British Columbia in order to accommodate students using their U-Passes to head to class. Riders are encouraged to use those connections, rather than buses running along Broadway, which already experience heavy loads at most times of the day.

Meanwhile in downtown Vancouver, drivers are reminded that the Burrard Bridge now has one less southbound lane for vehicles because of the new bike lane and are encouraged to use the Granville Bridge to avoid delays.

Traffic on the new Golden Ears Bridge connecting Surrey and Maple Ridge is also expected to be busier on Tuesday as well.

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