After conducting public consultation, Langley City in coordination with Translink has implemented Fraser Transit Priority Measures for the 502 and 503 bus routes. See the Engagement Summary Report for details of the public consultation summary.
Fraser Highway is a key transit corridor with 13,000 bus boarding’s each week and 3.5 million bus boarding’s each year. It is clear that more and more people are choosing transit with an approximately 30% increase in ridership along the Fraser Highway route in 2019 on top of the 12% increase in 2018. And, in 2018 the 502 bus was the 3rd most overcrowded bus in the entire Metro Vancouver which is what has driven the need for service changes. The 503 has seen a huge uptake as ridership quadrupled since these improvements. The transit improvements include more service along the Fraser Hwy corridor to reduce overcrowding and bus-only lanes to improve the speed and reliability of transit on this corridor.
After making the changes the traffic impact was higher than anticipated so the city will implement traffic signal improvements sooner than expected to reduce general traffic congestion. The City will continue to monitor the impacts and assess if further adjustments are needed.
This project supports the increased ridership in the City and will help grow the demand for future rapid transit (Skytrain).
See Translink's website for more details: https://www.translink.ca/Plans-and-Projects/Langley-Transit-Priorities.aspx