One of the so-sad consequences of the pandemic is the loss of momentum immediately experienced by TransLink. And not just with the reverse of the quite stunning increase in passengers. (Said CEO Kevin Desmand in September of 2019: ““If this trend continues … then over the four-year period from 2016 to 2019, we would have seen a 20% growth in overall ridership. It is pretty astonishing.”)
By March, an 80 percent drop.
But it’s not just in ridership where the momentum has been lost. TransLink was in the process of delivering on its 10-year Plan, with significant increases in rolling stock, frequency, new routes and upgrades in its facilities. (Like this PT report on Joyce-Collingwood Station.) Much is still going ahead, like the rolling out of the Rapidbus routes. But, on the North Shore, the R2 line literally started just as we all went into lock-down. I took it shortly after it started – one of only two passengers for a good part of the trip (right).
Progress continues. And one of the places where changes will be the most welcome is one of the most dismal transit exchanges in the system. Dark, dank and polluted from diesel, it sits under the ICBC headquarters adjacent to Seabus at Lonsdale Quay. Convenient but unpleasant.
Well, that’s changing – as these pictures from CNV Councillor Tony Valente reveal:
As Daily Scot would point out – a lot of grey. But alleviated by LED lighting overhead:
Tony tells us that there’s more to come. All it will need is a lot more passengers.