News Views: Straight line

New B-Line bus should stick to highway through Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows

A B-Line bus route is coming to Maple Ridge next year. (THE NEWS/files)

Maple Ridge didn’t get a SkyTrain line or a new West Coast Express station.

But it did get a new B-Line bus to compliment those services.

With a B-Line bus set to roll down Lougheed Highway by the end of next year, from Haney Place Mall in Maple Ridge to the Coquitlam Central SkyTrain station, Pitt Meadows will also be better served by transit.

The service will offer 10-minute or better frequency service along Lougheed Highway for rush-hour commuters and service on articulated buses every 15 minutes during off-peak hours. The service will run 18 hours a day.

That’s a lot better than the five morning and afternoon trains that head to Vancouver and back on weekdays.

But TransLink wants to make sure it gets the route right and is asking for feedback on where bus stops should be, the exact route the B-Line will follow and changes to the road that could help speed things along.

One way of getting that input will be a survey that starts on April 3.

Pitt Meadows Mayor John Becker was under the impression that the B-Line would cut through his city, along Hammond and up Harris roads and stop at the West Coast Express station there. But given the congestion on Harris Road on a good day, with all the train crossings that interrupt traffic, it makes no sense for the B-Line to follow that route.

Better to put a stop along the highway in Pitt Meadows and have a shuttle take commuters to it. It is called a B-Line, and there is no faster way to Coquitlam other than a straight line.

TransLink wants people to take the B-Line, so it must be as convenient as possible. This could help save families money, if they can rely on transit rather than needing a second or third vehicle, especially given current housing costs.

People in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows need easy access to transit just like those in Vancouver.

– Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Maple Ridge Return-It centre serves as pilot for new beverage recycling effort

Haney Bottle Depot will be part of a six-month trial where consumers don’t have to sort their cans

Foundation seeks to bring ‘meaningful’ art to Hammond

Asking Maple Ridge residents for suggestions on design and theme for two large community murals

Pitt Meadows one step closer to developing North Lougheed Study Area

City council endorsed the revised NLSA land use plan on Tuesday, July 7

Ride for cancer in Langley will take place Sunday, despite COVID-19

Annual fundraiser will be ‘really different,’ but classic cars are expected, organizer promises

B.C. identifies 20 new COVID-19 cases, travellers specified in count

Pandemic total 3,028 cases, 51 people from outside Canada

B.C. residents can go to the Royal BC Museum for half price this summer

Museum reopening in phases, COVID-19 measures in place

Filing deadline in RCMP sexual-harassment class-action extended due to COVID-19

Plaintiffs now have until January 2021 to submit claims for up to $222,000

Jamie Bacon pleads guilty to charge in Surrey Six case

The plea brings an end to a complex legal case that has spanned more than a decade

Hefty undeclared driver charges piling up, ICBC warns customers

Average extra penalty $2,971 after an at-fault accident

Survey, hotline launched amid probe into racist blood-alcohol guessing game at B.C. hospital

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond has been appointed to lead an investigation by Health Minister Adrian Dix

B.C. appeals judge’s decision to leave three clubhouses in Hells Angels hands

The province has filed two notices of appeal related to the B.C. Supreme Court decision

Conservation officers relocate Spirit bear known to roam northwestern B.C.

Bear roamed valley north of Terrace for many years

B.C. premier applauds call to decriminalize drug possession

Police shouldn’t struggle with health issues, Horgan says

Most Read