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Public input sought in proposed Big Bend transit changes

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TransLink is seeking public input on six proposed bus route changes including one in the Big Bend industrial area of South Burnaby.

As reported in the NewsLeader, area businesses have been lobbying TransLink  seeking improved bus service to help their employees get to and from work.

The transportation authority has responded with a proposal that would see the No. 116 bus rerouted along North Fraser Way east of Byrne Road, and Marine Way. To do so, it would be diverted from a section of Byrne Road (between North Fraser Way and Marine Way), where a few stops with low ridership would be cancelled.

The proposal would bring the bus service within walking distance of an additional 2,400 jobs in the developing area, says TransLink. The longer route may result in longer travel times of six to seven minutes more per trip for some current customers.

The six proposed route redesigns are in Burnaby, Delta, Richmond, North Vancouver and Vancouver. The latter includes changes to the No. 49 bus which would reduce travel times by four to five minutes to Metrotown station by removing the section that travels on 54th Avenue in the Champlain Heights neighbourhood.

“TransLink is committed to running an efficient transportation system, which means optimizing services and putting resources where they better match customer demand,” said Doug Kelsey, TransLink’s chief operating officer. “Our goal is to balance the complex transportation needs of the communities we serve with the resources available.”

The proposed changes are part of TransLink's service optimization program, in which it tries to provide more service with existing resources.

An open house on the proposed changes to the Nos. 49 and 116 bus routes will be held Tuesday, Feb. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express-Metrotown in Burnaby.

For more information or to provide feedback online (until Feb. 19) visit http://bit.ly/1aNyONO.

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