Long articulated buses like those that run to UBC along Broadway in Vancouver will be coming to Surrey's King George Boulevard and 104 Avenue when the long-awaited 96 B-Line launches Sept. 2.

Long articulated buses like those that run to UBC along Broadway in Vancouver will be coming to Surrey's King George Boulevard and 104 Avenue when the long-awaited 96 B-Line launches Sept. 2.

Rubber hits road for King George B-Line

Surrey's new express bus is precursor to rapid transit

TransLink is launching a new B-Line express bus route in Surrey connecting Newton to Guildford with stops at major SkyTrain stations in the City Centre area.

The 96 B-Line limited stop service rolls out Sept. 2 on King George Boulevard and 104 Avenue, with buses running every seven to eight minutes from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The longer 60-foot articulated buses are expected to take 13 minutes to reach King George Station from 72 Avenue in Newton and 22 minutes to make the full run to Guildford exchange.

“It’s going to be quick, fast bus service and it should help get people out of their cars and onto the transit system,” TransLink spokesman Derek Zabel said.

“It’s been a long time coming for Surrey residents who have been asking for this type of service.”

Zabel said the route will serve significant ridership going between Newton and Guildford, as well as passengers heading to and from SkyTrain.

B-Line buses also tend to act as a precursor to full-on rapid transit, helping build ridership on routes slated for eventual train service.

The same King George and 104 Avenue corridors are being studied by TransLink for some future configuration of rapid transit – potentially SkyTrain or light rail.

Zabel noted a former B-Line bus route in Richmond eventually became the Canada Line and one that runs from Lougheed Station to Coquitlam Centre will be replaced by the Evergreen Line when that SkyTrain extension is finished.

“This is a very important step for this rapid transit corridor,” he said.

The new King George B-Line was identified as a high priority by TransLink and approved in its 2013 base plan.

There will be just eight stops between Newton and Guildford – on King George at 76th, 88th and 96th avenues; at King George Station and Surrey Central Station; and then at Whalley Boulevard, 144 Street and 148 Street heading east along 104 Avenue.

The new run comes with some trade-off in other service.

Zabel said there will be some reduction in frequency north of Newton on #321 buses that go from White Rock to Surrey Central, as well as on the #320 buses that run along 104 Avenue between Guildford and Surrey Central.

But he predicts passengers heading north to SkyTrain from White Rock/South Surrey will experience less crowding on their buses once the extra B-Line service kicks in on King George.

“It will definitely help to address some of the pass-up situations and crowded conditions you sometimes have on the #321.”

He said there may be a period of adjustment in store for some passengers used to all buses making every stop along King George and 104th.

The changes take 16,000 annual service hours from the #321 route and close to 10,000 hours from the #320, but Zabel said the net increase in Surrey service on those corridors is 36,600 after the addition of 62,500 hours for the new B-Line.

The King George B-Line was originally to run all the way to White Rock, but the leg south of Newton was shelved due to TransLink budget constraints.

“Extending that all the way into White Rock is something we will look at in the future, funding provided.”

Just Posted

Dooris Raad was last seen in South Surrey’s Ocean Park neighbourhood on June 7. (Surrey RCMP photo)
Doris Anderson’s digital triptych Aberration, which she is marketing as an NFT.
Semiahmoo Peninsula abstract painter dives into NFT market

Works sold as one-of-a-kind digital files

Scales of Justice, Image courtesy Creative Outlet
Scales of Justice, Image courtesy Creative Outlet
Teacher’s elbow injury case against Surrey School District, WorkSafeBC struck by judge

Judge says processes put in place by legislation, collective agreement must be followed

Lorraine Gibson, 90, received a COVID-19 immunization at the South Surrey Park and Ride vaccination clinic. (File photo: Aaron Hinks)
Surrey has had 25% of B.C.’s total COVID-19 cases

Surrey recorded 4,012 cases in May

Surrey School District building. (File photo)
Naming schools after settler, historical figure ‘can be quite problematic’: Surrey school district

District working closely with Semiahmoo First Nation on naming three schools

t
How to tell if a call from ‘CRA’ is legitimate or a scam

Expert says it’s important to verify you really are dealing with the CRA before you give out any info

Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of June 13 to 19

Flag Day, Garbage Man Day, International Panic Day all coming up this week

British Columbia-Yukon Community News Association’s 2021 Ma Murray Awards were handed out during a virtual ceremony on Friday, June 10. (Screen grab)
Black Press Media winners take gold at B.C. and Yukon journalism awards

Publications received nods in dozens of categories

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets campers while visiting McDougall, Ont. on Thursday, July 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
71% of B.C. men say they’d prefer to go camping with Trudeau: survey

Most British Columbians with plans to go camping outdoors say they’d prefer to go with Trudeau or Shania Twain

Members of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ Marine Mammal Response Program rescued an adult humpback what that was entangled in commercial fishing gear in the waters off of Entrance Island on Thursday, June 10. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Response Program)
Rescuers free humpback ‘anchored’ down by prawn traps off Vancouver Island

Department of Fisheries and Oceans responders spend hours untangling whale

Chilliwack cocaine trafficker Clayton Eheler seen with a tiger somewhere in Asia in 2014. Eheler was sentenced to nine years jail in 2018, but was released on bail in October 2020 pending his appeal of conviction.(Facebook)
Director of civil forfeiture seeks $140,000 from Fraser Valley drug dealer’s father-in-law

Clayton Eheler’s father-in-law Ray Morrissey caught with money in Fort St. John by B.C.’s gang unit

A Comox Valley shellfish operator pleaded guilty and was fined $10,000 in provincial court in Courtenay earlier this year. Record file photo
B.C. clam harvester fined $10,000 for Fisheries Act violations

Charges against three others were stayed in Courtenay Provincial Court

Frank Phillips receives a visit from his wife Rena at Nanaimo Seniors Village on their 61st wedding anniversary, March 31, 2020. Social visits have been allowed since COVID-19 vaccination has been offered in all care homes. (Nanaimo News Bulletin)
B.C. prepares mandatory vaccination for senior care homes

180 more cases of COVID-19 in B.C. Friday, one more death

Most Read