Commuting is harder now – A letter to the Vancouver Sun
As predicted, the RAV/Canada Line has increased journey times for many transit customers, even those who commute directly to Vancouver. Despite ‘rose coloured glasses’ style stories in the mainstream media and ‘talk radio’, longer journey times translates into less people opting to take transit.
The letter does reveal two issues:
1) What percentage or portion of a student’s U-Pass is paid to In TransitBC? How is a U-Pass apportioned between RAV/Canada Line, SkyTrain and the bus?
2) The 480 Richmond to UBC bus still offers a direct (no-transfer) service and its riders are not forced onto RAV. Strange that, when Trans Link forces all bus customers from South of the Massy Tunnel to transfer to RAV. One wonders if having Liberal MLA’s has anything to do with providing a direct bus service?
Vancouver SunSeptember 16, 2009
The new commuting patterns have added 15 to 20 minutes each way to my commute from Ladner to the University of B.C. Most of this is due to poor connections, especially to the east-west lines on 41st and King Edward. The early 480 bus to UBC is jam-packed when it arrives at Bridgeport.
As for columnist Pete McMartin’s pleasant trip from Tsawwassen to Vancouver (Commute goes smoothly – anticipated chaos fails to show, Sept. 9), he travels at rush hour, rides for almost the full length of the line and doesn’t connect outside the downtown area. His situation is perfectly suited for the train.
Unfortunately, I am resigned to that fact that a longer commute is my sacrifice on the altar of the Olympics.
Tags: cost per km, economic stimulus, Evergreen Line, infrastructure, light metro, LRT, Rail for the Valley, skytrain, transit, Translink