New specialized bus to offer extra bicycle capacity to Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal
NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. – TransLink is launching a new summer service for cyclists heading to the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal. The Bike Bus will provide more room for bicycles on the Bridgeport Station to Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal route this summer – one of the most popular routes for our cycling customers.
The Bike Bus is a retrofitted bus with seven interior bicycle racks, bringing the total bike capacity aboard to nine, from the standard two. The extra room means more cyclists will be able to reach the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal via the Massey Tunnel using transit.
"The return of warm weather means more people are cycling to their favourite B.C. destinations," says TransLink CEO Kevin Quinn. "We're excited to launch the Bike Bus, as it will better connect our customers with one of the most popular Metro Vancouver routes for summer travel and ensure they can easily explore our beautiful region."
The Bike Bus will follow the existing 620 route, with separate loading and unloading bays at Bridgeport Station and Ladner Exchange. The bus will be displayed as 900 Bike Bus to Bridgeport Station or Tsawwassen Ferry, depending on the route.
Bike Bus summer service details:
Bridgeport Station to Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal
July 1 to Sept. 5, 2022
Fridays, weekends, holidays
8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Hourly departures to align with ferry sailings to Swartz Bay
The project is part of TransLink's Customer Experience Action Plan, announced in March. One of the plan's top priorities is making transit easier to use by identifying better options for active transportation. The Bike Bus will more easily integrate bike and transit travel during one of the busiest times of the year for cyclists.
"Exploring B.C.'s natural beauty by bike is an exhilarating experience, but it can be challenging to get to the ferry terminal with your bike and gear," explains HUB Cycling's Executive Director Erin O'Melinn. "TransLink's new Bike Bus makes that easier and responds to the long-time demand from people who bike for transportation but face gaps in the cycling network."
The Bike Bus is currently funded for summer 2022. If the project is successful, it could become a permanent seasonal route to help link Metro Vancouver's cycling community with BC Ferries, through a reliable and convenient transit option.