Disappearing Act

The following Google screenshot was made on Wednesday, August 9, 2020, at 7:50 AM.

All major crossings in metro Vancouver show little or no congestion.

Pre Covir-19, there would be bright red at the tunnel, Oak Street, Knight Street, Alex Fraser, Patullo, Iron workers, and the Lions Gate bridges.

In “normal” times, major congestion would rule metro Vancouver but now, commuters have done a disappearing act.

This bodes ill for TransLink, as their income, in part, comes from commuters and their boated ridership statistics come from forced transfers by commuters from bus to SkyTrain, back to bus.

Provincial and  Civic politico’s, who haven’t a clue they are being bamboozled by TransLink’s bureaucrats, keep anteing up more money to this bloated and inept organization.

Here is TransLink’s big problem:

Transit customers, except the poor, the elderly and students (who all use deep discounted fares and passes) have abandoned transit for six months and with no timetable to getting back to normal, if there is a return to normal, they may never return; finding new modes to get to where they want to go.

TransLink and the Mayor’s Council on Transit should completely rethink how transit is provided and should institute cost saving measures now.

One cost saving measure would reduce bus stops to a minimum of one every 300 to 400 metres, effectively cutting stops by one third or more. This would both reduce travel times and increase service, without costing the taxpayer more money.

This is but one of several measures that could be implemented during Covid pandemic, to provide a far more cost efficient transit service.

Of course, rethink the $3 billion Broadway subway because there is absolutely no passenger demand to warrant such an investment.

But no, TransLink and the metro mayors insist doing the same thing over and over again, hoping for different results and then expect the taxpayer to again bail them out when it doesn’t.


One Response to “Disappearing Act”
  1. Nathan Davidowicz says:

    There are no more published hard copy timetables.At least 30% of riders do not have a smart phone or a computer. There is no need to reduce the number of bus stops but what is needed are more express bus stops on many routes that stop every 700 to 1000meters.
    Local bus stops are needed for seniors/disable riders.
    Need a bench at every bus stop and more bus shelters.

    Zwei replies: In Europe, the standard distance for bus stops is 300 to 400 metres (except in city centres). In metro Vancouver it is about every 200 metres. By reducing bus stops, reduces dwell times, which add up on a transit route.

    We could operate articulated trolley buses on Broadway from UBC to BCIT, with stops every 400 to 500 metres, with proper stops for low floor buses and with priority signalling at important intersections, could provide a service comparable with the B-Line buses, doing away with the 99B, thus reducing the cost of transit, while bringing a superior service which would negate the need for a $3 billion subway.

    Doing what was done in the past is not working.

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