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TransLink 'optimizes' more bus routes

TransLink has stepped up bus service on 21 high-demand routes across Metro Vancouver and reduced frequency on 18 others where ridership was deemed too low to justify current service levels.

The changes, effective June 25, are the next stage in the transportation authority's ongoing service optimization initiative.

The aim is to serve more riders with the same number of transit service hours, while bringing in more fare revenue.

TransLink says bus productivity has climbed three per cent since 2010 as a result of previously implemented changes.

Routes that gained frequency in the newest round include the #97 and #99 B-Lines and the #345 from White Rock to King George Station.

Much of the increased service is at middays and weekends, reflecting a rise in riders taking transit outside the traditional morning and afternoon rushes.

Routes where buses will run less often include the #402, #403 and #404 runs in Richmond, as well as early morning, weekend and holiday service on some other routes. For full schedule change details see http://www.translink.ca/en/Schedules-and-Maps/Transit-Service-Changes.aspx.

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