IMPROVING BUS SERVICE IN LANGLEY
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Translink: the 501 Bus route needs to run every 15 or 20 minutes during the peak morning and afternoon commute times. Please sign this petition if you agree.
On December 19, 2016 Translink implemented a route change to the 595 Langley/Maple Meadows Stn bus route to service the densely populated 208 Street corridor in Willoughby. Translink said in a Langley Time interview on April 5, 2016 that the 595 was a NEW route being added. This was not a NEW route created, but rather an adjustment from an existing route, moving the service from 200th Street to 208th Street. Prior to this adjustment, the 200th Street corridor was also serviced by the 590/501 bus, which is now the only bus serving the Port Kells/200th Street corridor. Tim Savoie a planner from Translink, rationalized the decision as the 501 having low ridership. Maybe Mr. Savoie should ride the 501 during the PEAK morning and afternoon commute times. The number of people who live/work on this bus route has not decreased.
Township of Langley Mayor, Jack Froese, quoted in that same April 5th Langley Times interview " With so many people choosing to make this their home, there is a huge need to give Willoughby residents reliable transit service that will get them to work, school, and allow them go about their daily lives safely and efficiently."
What about reliable transit service for the Langley residents who chose to live outside of the Willoughby corridor? The reduction down to one bus serving the 200th Street corridor has increased commute times for people who have now only the 501 to use. People are being left stranded at stops between the Carvolth Park & Ride and 72nd Ave as the 501 goes right on by with SORRY BUS FULL sign flashing on the bus's sign board.
Translink needs to hear our voice and our concerns.
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