AAA/ Due to the repeated missed connections at Phibbs Exchange (more serious when returning to Blueridge due to the lack of available and viable options) we are suggesting SKIPPING A NUMBER OF BUS STOPS to give more time in the schedule.
In Blueridge/Seymour Heights:
Westbound bus stop 54118 – Emerson Way at Mount Seymour Parkway
Eastbound bus stop 54101 – Emerson Way at Mount Seymour Parkway
We are suggesting that the 214 bus be RE-ROUTED as follows to AVOID the Seylynn development altogether:
WESTBOUND the bus will proceed from bus stop 54076 (Mount Seymour Parkway at Seymour Boulevard) directly towards Highway #1, but instead of entering Highway #1 (southbound) it will proceed towards Phibbs Exchange and turn left on Oxford Street.
By so doing this will eliminate the following FOUR westbound stops for 214:
51757 Mountain Highway at Fern Street
51758 Mountain Highway at Charlotte Rd
51759 Mountain Highway at Rupert Street
51760 Oxford Street at Mountain Highway
EASTBOUND the bus will start on Oxford Street, but will turn left immediately on the road from Highway #1 (southbound) to Main Street. It will turn left on Main Street and take the exit towards Highway #1 (northbound), but instead of entering Highway #1 it will take the exit towards Mount Seymour Parkway (next to Real Canadian Superstore) with the first stop being 54029 (Mount Seymour Parkway at Seymour Boulevard).
This will eliminate the following THREE eastbound stops for 214:
51748 Oxford St at Mountain Highway
51749 Mountain Highway at Crown Street
51750 Mountain Highway at Hunter Street
It is felt that the SEVEN above bus stops in the Seylynn area are already very well served with the several buses connecting to/from the Seymour area. Further it was felt that not a lot of Blueridge residents would need access to/from the above bus stops.
Avoiding the Seylynn area will both eliminate SEVEN bus stops (see above) AND traffic lights. TWO traffic lights will be eliminated westbound (Keith and Mountain Highway, and Mountain Highway and Oxford).
Eastbound THREE traffic lights will be eliminated (Mountain Highway and Oxford, Mountain Highway and Keith, Mountain Highway and Fern Street). On the other side ONE traffic light will be added when the bus turns left on Main Street.
If we need to eliminate further bus stops on Berkley, below are the options/possibilities.
54113 Sechelt Drive at Berkley Avenue
54114 Berkley Road at Byron Rd
54115 Berkley Road at Shelley Rd
54116 Carnation Street at Berkley Road
54103 Berkley Road at Carnation Street
54104 Berkley Road at Shelley Road
54105 Berkley Road at Boswell Avenue
54106 Berkley Road at Layton Drive
54107 Berkley Road at Sechelt Drive
54108 Berkley Avenue at Derbyshire Place
54109 Berkley Avenue at Hyannis Drive
BBB/ Regardless of whether our bus gets rerouted, we must insist that the flagpersons (through Council/staff’s instruction to the developer) during the entire construction period at Seylynn will ALWAYS give priority to the traffic lane WITH buses. This is not presently the case, and this can often cause sufficient delays that a connection can be missed next time the bus arrives at Phibbs.
CCC/ Staggering of 211/214 services.
It was suggested that a better staggering of the 211 Seymour and 214 Blueridge be implemented, as this would at least give the people living in Seymour Heights better options.
DDD/ Skipping routes – it is recognized that the drivers will occasionally skip entire bus stops when their buses are late. Although this is unfairly penalizing the commuters, it is strongly suggested that if any stops have to be skipped by the drivers, these should be the ones in the Seymour Heights area (Carnation south to Mount Seymour Parkway), since the commuters from that part of the area generally have better options by walking to/from Mount Seymour Parkway where many more bus options exist (than the 214 Blueridge). Presently the opposite seems to be the case, which is totally counter-productive.
4/ Future potential changes with larger implications
Alberto’s admirable work in terms of an entirely revised bus schedule for Seymour to be discussed and this should be presented to (DNV Council and) TransLink as well. We are not expecting that this will be implemented immediately (!), but it may start a dialogue in terms of better bus options for everyone in the Seymour area, which would lead to more ridership, which, in turn, would lead to more buses etc.
5/ Who do we approach about 214 Blueridge Bus? What are our next steps?
It was decided that we should first approach DNV Council, since it is a concern for District residents, bus ridership is important in the OCP, and inasmuch as the DNV has control over the flag people (since the DNV issues the building permits). In view of Mayor Walton’s good connections with TransLink we hope to obtain support and ask for guidance as to whom we should approach with TransLink to see some action.
Delegation time has been requested, would it help our cause to proceed with same?
Thanks for listening!