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King George Boulevard B-Line to be numbered 96

By Allen Tung | 2 years ago | Speak Up

The King George Boulevard rapid bus service that will run from Guildford Mall Exchange to Newton Exchange in Surrey will be known as the 96 B-Line.

According to documents released by TransLink, the proposed service will run seven days a week from 5am to 1am with a 7-8 minute frequency between the morning rush hour and evening.

The 96 B-Line, which was previously numbered 399, has suffered numerous delays. It was supposed to begin service in December 2009 after the 98 B-Line ceased service, but the decision was made to allocate those buses and service hours to ease congestion along 49th Avenue and other routes operating out of Richmond.

It looked like service was going to begin this year after nearly three years of delays. TransLink even transferred some articulated buses over to Surrey, but it was abruptly cancelled by the organization after they realized their previous revenue projects were incorrect and they actually didn’t have the money for the service.

If implemented, the 96 B-Line will become the third active B-Line service after the 99 and 97. The 95 B-Line and 91 B-Line along Hastings Street and 41st Avenue respectively are in the planning stages.

TransLink is currently seeking input on the proposed 96 B-Line service and other service optimizations. Transit users are encouraged to view the documents and offer feedback by filling out the questionnaire or attending an open house session.

The consultation process lasts until December 13. At that point, TransLink will study the findings and begin implementing changes in mid-2013.

 

Writer’s Note: The story previously incorrectly said the location of Newton Exchange was in Langley. It is actually in Surrey.

Photo Credit:  Stephen Rees/Flickr

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  • Guest

    The first sentence in this article is clearly inaccurate.  Newton exchange is in Surrey, not Langley – it’s not even close to Langley.  ’If’ the service was running to Langley it wouldn’t be a King George B-Line.  Also, isn’t B-Line service supposed to extend to White Rock?

  • Allen

    Apologies for any confusion this may have caused. The story has been corrected.

    The 96 B-Line was originally supposed to run all the way to White Rock but TransLink does not have the service hours to do so. They could have ran it all the way to White Rock, but the frequency would not have been every 7-8 minutes.

    Regards,
    Allen

  • Thomas

    Hey Allen, was wondering which transit centre they are going to get the articulated models from?

  • http://twitter.com/Ehlun Allen Tung

    Richmond Transit Centre will be receiving 25 60-foot New Flyer Xcelsior articulated buses in the new year. I would assume they will move the some of D60LFs to Surrey.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5NLOCLJIJSXPV5XBMXUL6MATK4 Thomas

    Will this line be in service soon?

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