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Richmond ridership down significantly, Translink says

By Don Fennell

Published 11:57 PDT, Wed September 23, 2020

Fewer people are taking the bus these days.

“Ridership (in Richmond) has decreased significantly due to COVID-19 and as a result some schedules have been adjusted to balance changes in demand,” says Translink spokesperson Gabrielle Price.

Currently, weekday ridership on the 401 (One Road/Brighouse Station), 402 (Two Road/Brighouse Station), 406 (Steveston/Brighouse Station) and 410 (22nd Street Station/Brighouse Station) routes have seen modest frequency reductions. 

“They’re anywhere from 47 to 56 per cent of pre-COVID levels,” Price explains.

Reflecting the decline in passengers, the 401, 402 and 406 routes have seen a service hour reduction of seven per cent, along with a nine per cent drop on the 410 route.

Ironically, some routes have actually seen significant increases, notably the 301 (Newton Exchange/Brighouse Station) and 430 (Metrotown/Brighouse Station) routes. And the 351 (White Rock/Bridgeport Station) route will also now operate with double deckers to accommodate more passenger volume.

Price says as a result of the demand, service hour increases of 20 per cent and 39 per cent have been made to the 301 and 430 routes respectively. 

Customers can visit translink.ca/servicechanges for more information on upcoming changes.


Richmond Service Changes:

301 Newton Exchange / Richmond-Brighouse Station

Weekdays:

o    6 a.m. to 9 a.m. - Every 12 minutes (from every15 minutes) 

o    3 p.m. to 6 p.m. - Every 12 minutes (from 15 to 20 minutes) 

·      (New stops added at Alderbridge Way and May Drive) 

 

401 Richmond-Brighouse Station / One Road  

Weekdays: 

o    6 a.m. to 8 a.m. - Every 10 minutes (from every seven to eight minutes) 

o    8 a.m. to 10 a.m. - Every 12 minutes (from every nine to 12 minutes) 

o    3 p.m. to 6 p.m. - Every 10 minutes (from every eight to 10 minutes) 

 

402 Richmond-Brighouse Station / Two Road  

Weekdays: 

o    6 a.m. to 9 a.m. - Every 15 minutes (from every 10 to 12 minutes) 

o    3 p.m. to 6 p.m. - Every 15 minutes (from every 10 to15 minutes) 

 

406 Richmond-Brighouse Station / Steveston  

Weekdays: 

o    5 a.m. to 10 a.m. - Every eight to10 minutes (from every eight to nine minutes) 

o    10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Every 15 minutes (from every 12 minutes) 

o    3 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Every eight to 12 minutes (from every eight to 10 minutes)  

Weekends: 

o    9 a.m to 9 p.m. - Every 15 minutes (from every 10 to15 minutes) 

 

410 Richmond-Brighouse Station / 22nd Street Station  

Weekdays: 

o    6 a.m. to 9 a.m. - Every eight minutes (from every six to seven minutes) 

o    9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Every 12 minutes (from every seven to 10 minutes) 

o    3 p.m. to 7 p.m. - Every eight minutes (from every seven to eight minutes) 

Saturdays: 

o    10 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Every 12 minutes (from every nine to 10 minutes) 

Sundays: 

o    9 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Every 12 minutes (from every nine to 12 minutes) 

 

430 Metrotown / Richmond-Brighouse Station 

Weekdays: 

o    6 a.m. to 9 a.m. - Every 12 minutes (from every 15 minutes) 

o    3 p.m. to 6 p.m. - Every 15 minutes (from every 20 minutes)  

Saturdays:

o    7 a.m. to 9 p.m. - Every 20 minutes (from every 30 minutes) 

Sundays: 

o    8 a.m. to 9 p.m. - Every 20 minutes (from every 30 minutes) 

 

480 UBC / Bridgeport Station 

Route continues to be suspended due to UBC predominantly holding classes online in the fall semester and alternate routes continue to provide service along this corridor.

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