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Transit improvements coming April 18th

As the second phase of TransLink’s Service Optimization Initiative, Surrey will be receiving some decent improvements to bus service next month. In an effort to be more efficient, TransLink will be reallocating 4.5% of service hours from under-used routes and time periods to areas with demand. Surprisingly enough, most of the service cuts will be coming from the Vancouver-Burnaby-New Westminster late night bus routes, shifting those hours into South Fraser corridors.

Here are the changes, scheduled to begin April 18th:

  • 351 Crescent Beach/Bridgeport Station will run every 7 to 8 minutes, instead of 10 minutes, during the morning and afternoon rush hours, and will run every half hour, rather than hourly, between 10 and 11 pm
  • 319 Scott Road/Newton Exchange will run every 7.5 minutes, instead of every 10, through the Monday to Friday morning and afternoon rush hours. Frequency will also increase to every 15 minutes, instead of every 30, from 9 to 11pm, Mondays to Saturdays.
  • 335 Fleetwood/Surrey Central Station will improve to 20 minute frequencies, instead of every half hour, during weekday rush hours, and improve to half hour service, from hourly service, midday from Monday to Saturday


  1. very nice tweaks, you can tell they put some thought into those and im sure a lot of transit users will be pleased

  2. J

    I keep holding my breath hoping Translink will offer a City Hall Shuttle, leaves King George Station at 8:00 a.m. each weekday and goes straight down King George to 60th, turns left, and hangs a right on 142nd dropping all passengers off at the existing bus stop adjacent to the parking lot across from the Bylaws building arriving at 8:25 a.m. No stops along the way… just a straight shuttle.

    Then at 4:40 p.m. giving people 10 minutes to exit the building, an evening shuttle picks everyone up at the stop outside the Bylaws building and drives the reverse route straight back to the skytrain.

    The current option is a local bus that takes a minumum of 45 minutes to make the trip and even parks for a few minutes at Newton Exchange before proceeding down its convoluted backroads route. Normally I wouldn’t suggest it except that between the courthouse, RCMP, School Board offices, and City Hall, there is enough employment happening in a 2 block radius of the Bylaws Building to warrant such a suggestion. There’s enough people at City Hall who live along skytrain they would use transit if only it didn’t take so long to travel by bus halfway across town at the Surrey end. …I would but currently don’t.

    • I understand the dilemma, although I wonder how many employees around the “Civic Centre” do actually live along a SkyTrain line. If the numbers warranted a shuttle, which I suspect they probably would, then a shuttle might be a viable option. I’m sure there’d be quite a few logistical issues with deploying a running one bus shuttle, once in the morning and once at night, though it’s not like they don’t exist.

      That said, there is already an option in existence. You can take the 321 White Rock all the way to Hwy 10 – City Hall is about a 4 minute walk from there. The frequencies are high throughout the day as well.