Good News for North Shore Commuters

CBC British Columbia – Some commuter relief on the way for North Shore

A third Seabus will be added to the fleet in 2008. If I was still working downtown, I would probably be doing a little happy dance on the spot. As it is, I’m happy to see this expansion. I hate driving and parking downtown, so I usually take the Seabus when I head over there. On more than one occasion, my bus arrives at Lonsdale Quay thirty seconds after the seabus has left for Vancouver – mildly irritating when I have fifteen minutes to wait and really frustrating when it’s on the half-hour. I don’t know if this means they’re going to increase the evening sailings (every half hour after 6:30 in the evening) but I would hope so.

It will certainly make those days when there are accidents or incidents on both bridges (like on January 4th of this year) a whole lot easier on the seabus fleet and its riders…

4 Comments so far

  1. heather (unregistered) on May 15th, 2006 @ 3:03 pm

    hurrah! although, i wish it would all happen faster. i have an uncanny knack of missing a sailing by 30-90 seconds and having to sit for half an hour waiting. sailings every 10 minutes would be my idea of heaven.

  2. Jonathon Narvey (unregistered) on May 15th, 2006 @ 8:55 pm

    That’s good news for North Shore commuters. Hopefully, this will help put to bed any lingering talk of a third crossing for drivers – at least for a little while.

  3. RS (unregistered) on May 15th, 2006 @ 9:33 pm

    Is that Stephen Harper in the middle there, with the suit on? ;)

    Kudos to Vancouver for beefing up public transport off the north shore. Now about the south…

  4. keith lim (unregistered) on May 16th, 2006 @ 12:53 am

    The addition of a third Seabus won’t increase the frequency of evening sailings. There would have to be an increase in the number of commuters at that time of day for that to happen. The switch from every-15-minutes in the morning and afternoon to every-30-minutes in the evening is because the number of people wanting to use the Seabus drops, not because one of the Seabuses turns into a pumpkin. While the new Seabus will certainly be used to increase the sailing frequency in the daytime, I don’t see any change in the evening sailing frequency unless the demand (as measured by actual people buying tickets and waiting at the terminal) increases.

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