Here’s the third post in my project-by-project look at the Regional Transportation Investments that will transform Metro Vancouver as we know it.
Scott Road Station/Newton Exchange B-Line
Here’s a nod to better transit in North Delta. Delta is one of those municipalities that tends not to get transit. Why? Not that many people live in Delta. Most of the people that live in Delta live in North Delta that is right next to North Surrey.
Scott Road is the major street that divides Surrey and Delta. On either side of Scott Road are a lot of strip malls. Scott Road and 88th Avenue is often home to many spontaneous Canuck playoff celebrations if the team is doing well. Scott Road can also claim to be home to the area’s one and only Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. The area is also home to a large South Asian community. Then in Newton, the claim to fame there is the Newton Wave Pool. I wish I could say I personally know more about this area, but I don’t head out to North Delta often, if at all. If I do go that way, I absolutely drive.
The same trip from Scott Road Station to Newton Exchange is currently served by the #319 bus. The #319 is already a frequent bus. For a suburban bus, the #319 has a 7-8 minute frequency that would be the envy of many urban bus routes in Vancouver.
I’m not sure what a new B-Line version of this route will offer. Perhaps it will duplicate the route, but provide limited stop express bus service between Newton and the Scott Road SkyTrain Station. In it’s current form, I would personally be unlikely to visit the area by transit. However, with a B-Line and its limited stops and express bus service, I might be tempted to explore the area by bus.
Somebody who lives in the area and uses the current #319 bus would probably be able to offer a more convincing argument as to why Scott Road needs a B-Line. I’m all for better transit. So I have no qualms with adding more B-Lines. More connections between town centres can only help make the region more livable and accessible.
The Transportation and Transit Plan pegs this B-Line to have $8.1 million in capital costs and $4.4 million in annual operating costs.
The ballots will be sent out by March 16, 2015 and residents of Metro Vancouver will have until May 29, 2015 to mail in their votes. Voting YES for a 0.5% increase in the provincial sales tax will cost the average household only a 1-2 hundred dollars a year, but it will provide financial stability for a great variety of transportation projects that will transform Metro Vancouver. A YES vote will benefit your mobility and my mobility in the region. Please vote Yes to better transportation.