Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Platform 1: Transit

Transit Improvements

My first major plan to help tweak public transit within the city is the introduction of varied express routes. These variations on already popular routes will free up room in the middle of routes to help avoid riders not being picked up by full busses. I will use the 99B line as an example because I am familiar with it. This plan can easily be adapted by the 84B line as well as the 97B line.

1. Introduction of the 99A line
This plan would introduce a bus service that took riders from Broadway/Commercial Station directly to U.B.C. with no stops in between. This service could run every 5th or 6th bus to help free up room on the 99Bline for riders getting on at Clark or Fraser who have trouble when the bus fills up at Broadway Station. This service would help alleviate the large amount of UBC traffic that flows through Broadway Stn.

3. The 99B line will still continue to function serving all regular 99B line stops.

2. The 99C and 99D lines
These routes would alternate between a west express and an east express.

The 99C line would pick up at Broadway Station and travel directly to Granville street with no pick up or drop off. After Granville street, the bus would make all normal B line stops until U.B.C. This would help with the majority of people trying to get to the Granville business district and West Broadway. On the return trip it would make all 99B line stops until Granville and then head straight to Commercial.

The 99D line for instance would make all regular Bline stops between Broadway and Granville. After Granville street, it would head directly to U.B.C. without pick up or drop off. On the return trip, it would travel from U.B.C straight to Granville and then make all regular 99B line stops.

Fact: Transit in the city is planned by people who don't use the system. This is why Stephanie Harper, uh, Suzanne Anton, thinks she can fast track a completely useless idea like putting in the new Olympic Line rail system to China town.

Instead of spending money we don't have on a street car system that winds itself all the way to Chinatown, lets just get the streetcar running on the track that we have that runs between Olympic Village and Granville Island.

In a year, we can poll students and business owners that work and study on Granville Island about the benefits of the line, (quicker getting to school, boost to business) and make an educated decision on expanding the line.

I personally feel that the streetcar running from south Vancouver along the Arbutus corridor all the way to Granville Island and on to China town and the Cruise ship terminal would boost business and encourage residents to explore (and spend) more in different parts of the city. This is something I would like to work toward in the long run if it is viable. For now, lets get the street car back to Granville Island and help support our small businesses, it's employees and students.

I encourage you all to leave me a comment or reply. Thanks. 


  1. What would the schedule look like for each 99 line?

  2. If the current Bline runs every 2 -3 minutes, each bus would run every 8 - 12 minutes during rush hour. This plan is only during rush hours when commuters need it most.

    Example: when you get to Broadway in the morning, a 99A line is just about to leave. The next bus would be a Bline followed by the C and D line.

    After a few trial runs, we would want to evaluate and make sure that this plan works and if we can improve it by running more of 1 line than the other.

    Thanks for your comment.

  3. How do you see the problem of the DTES? Any notions of how to improve the situation?

  4. To "solve" the problems of the DTES, we must make the most of already established programs in the community. I feel that Vision has not done a very good job of listening to these organizations and providing them with the necessary resources to be proactive in their approach.

    I also think that all levels of government have not committed to solving this issue outside of their own needs. (condo development, funding for drug companies)