Changes are coming to bus service in PoCo come next week, but the plans aren't sitting well with the city's mayor.
Starting Monday (Sept. 2), the No. 159 bus from downtown PoCo to the Braid Street Station will be rerouted to serve the western portion of the discontinued No. 177 along United Boulevard.
According to TransLink The service change underwent public consultation in the fall of 2012.
But PoCo Mayor Greg Moore said he's not happy about the change in the route - one he often uses to get to the SkyTrain - arguing the trip was already fairly long.
"That's just going to make it a longer trip and more inconvenient for PoCo residents to get to Braid Station," he told the Tri-Cities NOW.
"It's really too bad they [TransLink] made this decision. We gave them some pretty direct input on it and apparently it didn't matter."
While Moore noted there isn't much that can be done about the changes for next week, he said the issue underscores the need for change in the TransLink governance model that would include giving elected officials a role in the decision making.
The mayor also suggested beyond changes to the system, the community needs more service overall.
Moore argued the transportation authority's move to restructure and take buses out of the suburbs and put them into more densely populated areas around SkyTrain and in Vancouver doesn't allow the city to grow and create a transit-oriented community. "It's hard to encourage people to take the bus when TransLink isn't stepping up to help provide that bus service," he said.
Other modifications to Tri-Cities transit this fall include the typical changes for the season, as both the buses to White Pine Beach and Buntzen Lake will be discontinued until next year.
The C36 from the PoCo Station to PoCo South will see increased service in the morning to every 10 minutes from every 15 to meet demand and reduce overcrowding.
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