I may never use this bus because I rarely ever go to Surrey, but I am excited to hear that a Surrey B-Line is finally rolling out. I remember having a transit poster back from the 90’s that promised express buses and B-Lines across the region by the middle of the 2000’s. It never came to be. I’m still waiting for a full-fledged 41st Avenue B-Line. Grr.
In any case, here’s part of the media release:
On September 2, 2013, TransLink will be launching the new 96 B-Line service along King George Boulevard and 104 Ave. It will provide an express bus link connecting Newton and Guildford Exchanges via Surrey Central, and will run every seven to eight minutes.
Another major improvement is coming to Surrey through service optimization: The 335 will be extended all the way to Newton Exchange via 152nd Street and 72nd ave, fulfilling a longtime customer request to provide service along 72nd Avenue, east of 144th Street.
The 96 B-Line will go a long way to helping kickstart more transit rides in Surrey. The 99 B-Line along Broadway from UBC to Lougheed was a resounding success and helped to set the path for transit ridership on the Millennium Line. The 98 B-Line helped to create a demand for riders coming up from Richmond and was the Canada Line’s predecessor. The 97 B-Line from Lougheed Mall to Coquitlam Town Centre (although I’m not sure how busy this bus is) is also blazing a trail for the future Evergreen Line. I am hoping the 96 B-Line will do the same for Surrey.
Surrey is already looking to build an LRT system along pretty much the same route as the 96 B-Line. With 7 to 8 minute frequency and limited stops, I think this B-Line will be very successful.