1) Extend the “C23” and begin the “C21” from VCC Station.
My proposal: service the rapidly expanding Terminal Street Industrial Corridor, and provide a quick connection of Downtown and the Millennium line. Alleviate transferring pressures onto the Expo line at Commercial, and allows downtown headed passengers to take the new route via VCC.
According to my Bus Schedule and Google Maps Analysis, it would add 5 minutes and 2.7 km to the current 11 minute 4.0 km C23 route and 17 minute 4.8 km C21 Route.
This Change would boost ridership (and maybe call for standard buses) thereby eliminating the need for the 22 to run along Terminal.
2) Interline and eliminate the downtown detours of the 8 and 20.
The current sections of the 8 and 20 into downtown are hideous, counter-productive, and inefficient.
The ridership of the “8 Downtown” is halved at Main St. Station, and is extremely low when it turns left on Hastings. Passengers of the 8 that need to go downtown should get off at Main St. Station (and save 7 minutes), or transfer to the 3, 7, 19 14, or 16.
In theory, the branch of the 8 from Hastings at Main to Waterfront should only take 6-7 minutes, or ~14 minutes in total. In Practice it takes ~17 minutes, putting the buses behind schedule.
The excess of buses going on the same part of Hastings Street: 3, 8, 14, 16 & 20 results in buses that block buses (since trolleys can’t pass). Do we really need 5 buses on the same stretch of road?
The ridership of the “20 Downtown” peaks at Commercial Station, and dwindles to almost nothing by Hastings Street. At Main Street, the majority of the few riders are not from Commercial.
Similarly to the 8, according to the schedules, the 20 should take 7-8 minutes to get from Main @ Hastings to Richards @ Seymour and 8-9 minutes back, with a total time of ~16 minutes. In Practice, it takes ~20 minutes, again putting the buses behind schedule.
It is worth noting that the 20 and 8 have almost identical schedules (except on weekends).
Solution:Short turn and interline the 8 and 20 at Main at Hastings;
One problem may be requiring left turn and right turn wires from Hastings onto Main and oppositely respectively.
Travelers can take the skytrain to Main Station and Commercial to catch the 8 and 20 respectively, or transfer from the 3, 4, 7, 14 or 16.
3) Eliminate the 44 bus. Maybe a stretch, but the 4, 84, 258 and 44 overlap. Taking the 4, or transferring from the 84 to the Canada Line may be a little inconvenience, but it should result in better service.
The 44 was put in during the 98 BLine Era, before the “10 Lane” Canada Line was able to whisk people through downtown. It is a fact that the 84 + Canada Line will save you 3-6 minutes traveling downtown.
Don’t like the inconvenience of transferring? Take the #4 bus that has almost 2X the frequency that will only take 3-4 minutes longer.
Do you take a bus often and have improvements? What do you think? I’m looking forward to your comments.
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Unrelated, but interestingly, 3 of the 10 most productive routes in terms of “Cost per Boarded Passenger” run to UBC.
Top 10 Metro Vancouver Bus Routes in terms of “Cost per Boarded Passenger”: