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TransLink launches downtown bus hub for late-night commuters, Barwatch says it’s a good start

Look for the new night bus signs on existing transit bus stops.
Look for the new night bus signs on existing transit bus stops. Global News

If you’ve ever had trouble getting home, after a night downtown, that’s going to change.

TransLink spokesperson Aliya Mohammed says a new hub at the end of the Granville Strip has been built that will be one stop where you can catch all night buses.

“So you head over the Granville and Georgia and we’ve developed a nice, well-lit, identifiable hub,” she said. “We’re calling it the ‘night bus district’ and that’s where you can catch your bus.”

Mohammed says it’s meant to make things easier for commuters and that the buses cover quite a wide area.

“Whether you’re heading to Surrey or you’re heading into Richmond or you’re going back to UBC or SFU campus, the buses run along the Expo and Millennium lines and there are about 10 routes that service this area,” she adds.

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New TransLink technology will make it easier to take transit
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The buses are meant to bridge the gap from the last SkyTrain of the evening, and run until around 5 a.m. when SkyTrain service starts back up.

Mohammed says tickets are less than $3.

These signs on the floor will help commuters know where they can catch a night bus.
These signs on the floor will help commuters know where they can catch a night bus.

Barwatch Chair Curtis Robinson says the new hub is welcome news.

“We’ve been encouraging this for at least a decade.”

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“I’d like to emphasize that this is a start in our opinion, and we’re encouraging TransLink to continue looking at the option of… SkyTrain service until 3:30 a.m.”

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Robinson said that would give people in the food and drink industry enough time to get to the train and home safely.

But, he said, around the block SkyTrain service would be even better.

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Many people head downtown for work earlier in the day, but Robinson says getting home can be tough.

“They have to find a way home, and a cab is usually $100, or they have to carpool, or they have to find another option,” he said.

“Many of these people are in the industry, and they’re young women earning minimum wage and they can’t afford a cab.”

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Robinson also says they’re in favor of adding ride-sharing to the late night travel options, as the night bus only runs along the Expo, Millennium and Canada Lines.

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