NPA councillor to motion for bigger B-Line buses 0
Vancouver city council will hear a motion Tuesday on making Broadway corridor's B-Line buses bigger in anticipation of more passengers from the Evergreen SkyTrain Line in 2016.
NPA Coun. George Affleck said the proposal would see restrictions on current bus lengths - a maximum 20 metres - lifted to pave the way for longer articulated buses along the high-traffic arterial. Such changes would still need to be approved by the province.
"If you simply stand at Commercial Drive and Broadway, you see people standing, waiting for bus after bus after bus," he said.
"If those buses (could have) more people that can get on them, then naturally you could get more people along the Broadway corridor; it's simple math."
Speaking on transportation issues for the Vision-dominated council, Coun. Geoff Meggs said he's open to the proposal, but would like to include some additional ideas.
"I think it would be worth considering anything that would improve things on the short term. My only anxiety is that this seems to both have legal and financial barriers," he said.
A dedicated bus lane, 'all-door' loading, and rapid transit alternatives are some ideas Meggs would like to bring up.
Vancouver commuters, however, have mixed feelings about the proposal.
While some prefer a little breathing space when travelling along the corridor, others are worried about fare rates rising, and the lack of service increases in other areas.
"If it can accommodate more passengers, why not? But what about the fare increase that TransLink is proposing?" said James Castro, a seven-day-a-week bus commuter.
"I've been taking the bus for over 10 years. I don't take that route every day, so it doesn't affect me that much to justify the fare increase."