Richmond’s new bus loop on No. 3 Road at Buswell Street will feature 10 bays with enhanced lighting for increased safety.
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Brighouse bus loop now up and running
By Don Fennell
Published 2:34 PDT, Mon October 26, 2020
A much-anticipated bus mall in downtown Richmond is now in operation.
The Brighouse loop, just south of the Canada Line Station at No. 3 Road and Buswell Street, opened Oct. 19 to replace the on-street exchange on No. 3 Road which has served 13 regular bus routes plus the N10 NightBus. According to TransLink, the previous on-street exchange served nearly 12,000 customers on an average weekday while providing access to local and long-haul bus routes as well as connections to Canada Line.
TransLink says the new loop will better service transit riders and create a smoother transition from bus to rail. It says the loop will also reduce the impact of the transit vehicles on neighbours and road users in the area.
The 10-bay loop is designed with four bays dedicated to loading and unloading, with five reserved for layovers and one for HandyDart pick-up and drop-off.
The new loop will include large shelters, spacious waiting areas, enhanced lighting for increased safety, new landscaping with trees and shrubs, new bike lockers, an acoustic wall to mitigate any light and noise impacts caused by buses moving through the loop, according to TransLink.
Construction began in late 2019, and was completed in April. But because of utility work for the adjacent developments, TransLink spokesperson Gabrielle Price says the loop won’t be fully open until November.
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