TransLink launches summer service changes on June 25

TRANSLINK launches summer service changes on Monday, June 25, which include service improvements, seasonal adjustments to provide additional service to popular summertime destinations, as well as Millennium Line platform changes at Lougheed Town Centre SkyTrain Station.

Lougheed Station platform change:

Starting June 25, passengers boarding Millennium Line trains at Lougheed Station will need to board at different platforms.

  • To board a Millennium Line train heading towards VCC-Clark Station, customers should wait at platform 3, on the north side of the station and closest to the mall.
  • To board a Millennium Line train heading towards Lafarge Lake-Douglas Station, customers should wait at platform 1, on the south side of the station and furthest from the mall.
  • Expo Line platforms will not change.
Lougheed Station platforms as of June 25.

Currently, Millennium Line trains switch tracks several times before and after Lougheed Station, resulting in delays. This pattern was the best and easiest option to implement for the launch of the Evergreen Extension. Having monitored train operations since then, TransLink says it is confident it can move to a new pattern with minimal disruptions and operational risks. Once the change is in effect, trains will proceed more directly and efficiently through the station, resulting in a faster and more reliable trip for customers.

Leading up to the change, TransLink is running a customer-awareness campaign that includes train and platform announcements, station signage, additional on-site staff and social media posts. Starting June 25, customers should follow station signage to ensure they are standing on the correct platform to catch a Millennium Line train.

Three bus routes are also being adjusted to provide improved service: 

  • 319 Scott Road Station/Newton Exchange – 10-Year Vision funding
    • Weekdays:
      • Service increase to every 7-15 minutes between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. (up from 8-20 minutes).
  • 20 Victoria/Downtown 
    • More reliable service (Layover Pilot Project with City of Vancouver):
      • Customers may notice small changes to schedule times, but service levels will be maintained.
  • 44 UBC/Downtown 

TransLink is starting to phase out the letter “C” from the names of its Community Shuttle routes. For many years, the letter indicated a route was only served with smaller Community Shuttle buses. TransLink says today, it can better serve its customers by operating different sizes of buses interchangeably, depending on demand. Routes being renamed this summer include:

“C” route New route name
C43 743 Meadowtown/Haney Place/South Haney
C44 744 Meadowtown/Haney Place
C45 745 Haney Place/Cottonwood *
C46 746 Haney Place/Albion *
C48 748 Thornhill/Haney Place
C49 749 Ruskin/Haney Place
C60 560 Langley Centre/Murrayville *
C61 561 Langley Centre/Brookswood *
C62 562 Langley Centre/Walnut Grove
C63 563 Langley/Fernridge
C64 564 Langley Centre/Willowbrook
C70 370 Cloverdale/Willowbrook
C75 322 Scottsdale/Newton Exchange
C76 310 Scottsdale/Ladner

There will be seasonal changes to several routes as demand for trips to post-secondary institutions decreases and demand for trips to ferry terminals, beaches and other tourist destinations increases. Routes affected by seasonal changes include: 15, 19, 23, 50, 150, 179, 227, and 620.

All summer seasonal improvements operate until September. University services will be discontinued for the summer season and will be reinstated in September. 

Visit translink.ca/servicechanges for more detail about the improvements.

 

Video: Lougheed Station Platform Change

 

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