If there was a compelling argument for the proposed interurban service to connect to downtown Vancouver, here it is. Those who want the interurban service to deadhead into Scott Road Station are extremely short sighted and certainly fail to understand the driving mechanisms in attracting ridership – the seamless or no transfer journey. For the next four weeks, the Pattullo Bridge will be closed to all traffic after a fire has badly damaged a wooden section of the bridge. This just leaves a SkyTrain connection to Vancouver. Already SkyTrain is crowded, leaving Surrey and not able to offer much in relief to the commuter. But on the other side of the Pattullo Bridge is the Fraser River Rail Bridge and would not TransLink look good offering quick journeys to Vancouver via the interurban from Langley and Surrey. As one sits in ones car idling in gridlock for hours, waiting to cross the Fraser, remember the interurban!
Commuters will be faced with extra congestion Monday morning and in the weeks to come as the bridge linking Surrey to New Westminster is repaired following an early morning fire.
A suspicious fire struck wooden trestles supporting the south end of the Pattullo Bridge, a crossing that connects New Westminster and Surrey, just before 3 a.m. Sunday.
By 11 a.m. Sunday, Surrey firefighters were tending to the hot spots on the trestles, which were still emitting smoke eight hours after it was still reported.
TransLink spokesman Ken Hardie said the bridge will be closed to all traffic — including pedestrians and cyclists — for four to six weeks while repairs are done on the bridge.
The average traffic volume reaches Port Mann bridge is 127,000 cars a day, while the Alex Fraser bridge sees 98,000 vehicles daily, according to Dave Crebo, spokesman for the B.C. ministry of transportation and infrastructure.