TransLink adds buses here

TransLink will boost rush-hour bus service, BC Transit, Abbotsford and Mission offer a discounted Holiday Shopper DayPass.

TransLink will boost rush-hour bus service on selected routes starting Monday.

Passengers from Cloverdale and Langley should see more buses and fewer full ones passing them by on the #320 Surrey Central/Langley and #502 Surrey Central/Aldergrove routes along Fraser Highway.

Spokesman Drew Snider said the decision by area mayors and the province to increase the gas tax two cents a litre next April 1 allowed TransLink to add extra service now.

Other routes getting more buses starting Dec. 5 include the #25 Brentwood Station, #84 UBC and #125 BCIT/Patterson Station runs. More morning trips will be added for the #410 22nd Street Station/Railway route, which connects Richmond, New Westminster and Surrey and has seen a large increase in ridership.

See www.translink.ca for details.

Unlike some past shuffling of service from low ridership routes to higher-demand ones, Snider said this change is a net increase in service, not a rationalization.

More increases are expected next April, Snider said.

Holiday shopper daypass offered

From Dec. 5 to 31, BC Transit, the City of Abbotsford and the District of Mission are offering a discounted Holiday Shopper DayPass.

BC Transit customers can ride all day for the cost of two fares. The Holiday Shopper DayPass costs $3.50 for adults, and $3 for seniors and students. Customers should ask their driver for the pass.

More information can be found at www.bctransit.com