Transit advocate Eric Doherty says bus riders get no respect
TransLink’s busiest hub—Commercial-Broadway Station—is getting a $50-million make-over.
As TransLink holds the first of three public-information sessions on Thursday (December 5) regarding the planned improvements, independent transportation-planning consultant Eric Doherty says bus riders in the station are “treated like third-class citizens”.
“There’s no respect being given to the bus riders at that stop,” Doherty told the Straight in a phone interview.
The transit advocate cited, in particular, the absence of a shelter for riders queuing up for the westbound 99 B-Line.
It’s a similar situation for people waiting for the eastbound 99 B-Line by the Canada Line’s Broadway–City Hall Station, according to Doherty.
“There’s all this money available for the really big projects, but for the things that really make a difference, like having some shelter for people waiting for the bus, these things are being swept aside in the transit-funding crisis,” he said.
TransLink spokesperson Jiana Ling noted that the regional transportation body has heard from 99 B-Line riders who board at Commercial-Broadway Station and a remedy is coming next year. According to her, TransLink is reviewing tenders to build a shelter for the station.
“We will make it better,” Ling told the Straight by phone.
The promised 99 B-Line shelter is separate from the $50-million upgrades to the station, which are expected to start late next year. These will increase capacity in anticipation of more passengers using the station when the Evergreen Line starts operating in 2016.
The improvements include, among other things, an east platform for westbound Expo Line trains, and a pedestrian walkway over Broadway connecting this platform to the Millennium Line platform and the westbound 99 B-Line stop.
The December 5 information session about the upgrades will be held at street level on the north side of the station from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.