Transit improvements are an integral component of the PMH1 Project and the Transportation Ministry’s comprehensive plan to address the transportation needs of the region’s growing population, sustain the provincial economy and ensure a healthy environment and high quality of life for all British Columbians. These improvements align with key objectives of the Provincial Transit Plan to offer viable and efficient alternative modes of travel, reduce idling and congestion and increase mobility with virtually no increase in regional greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Transit Improvements - Highlights
PMH1 transit improvements are designed to provide convenient, fast, reliable and flexible service within an efficient transit network. Some of the transit improvements either funded by or connected to the PMH1 Project include:
ExpressBus service over the Port Mann Bridge connecting the Braid SkyTrain Station to the new Carvolth Transit Exchange in Langley at 202 Street.
- New dedicated transit/HOV lanes from 104 Avenue to 202 Street.
New dedicated transit/HOV on- and off-ramps for Highway 1 at 156 Street and 202 Street.
New dedicated HOV ramps linking Grandview Highway and Highway 1.
Dedicated transit on- and off-ramps at Government Street.
Port Mann Bridge built to accommodate future rapid transit service.
Highway 1 Expressbus
- As of December 1, 2012, TransLink began operating Highway 1 ExpressBus service between two major transit / rideshare hubs:
- Langley at the Carvolth Transit Exchange
- New Westminster at the Braid SkyTrain Station.
- Service will operate to/from Lougheed SkyTrain Station when Government Street ramps are completed.
- Increases transportation choice with bus service that is as fast as or faster than travelling by car.
- Significantly expands the rapid transit network – with quick and efficient links to existing SkyTrain lines.
- Service uses dedicated transit/HOV lanes and on- and off-ramps at 202 Street.
- Buses run every 10 minutes during peak commuting periods and 30 minutes at off-peak periods.
- 670 Park & Ride spaces available at Carvolth Transit Exchange.
Working in Partnership
On October 5, 2007, an agreement was signed between the Province and TransLink to provide ExpressBus service over the Port Mann Bridge. The $180 million cost-sharing project reinforces the Province’s commitment to improving quality of life for all British Columbians – economically, environmentally and socially, and brings transit back to the Highway 1 corridor for the first time in over 25 years.
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