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TransLink increasing bus service to beaches and parks around Vancouver, updating SkyTrain hours

With spring comes more trips to places like Stanley Park and Spanish Banks, and other Metro Vancouver destinations
Transit users in and around Vancouver should take note of several spring 2022 schedule changes affecting bus routes and the SkyTrain.

As the weather improves around Vancouver and people look to spend more time outdoors, TransLink is increasing services to some parks and beaches.

Ten routes are affected, including adding the 42 Alma/Spanish banks which will be travelling down to the beach every 30 minutes on holidays and weekends starting May 21. Trips to White Pine Beach (150) on Sasamat Lake are returning as well on a similar schedule starting April 18, as is Lynn Canyon Park (226).

Other Vancouver routes are seeing increased service including the 19 which heads into Stanley Park. That will start May 21 with trips between the park and Main Street station increasing to every 5-8 minutes on weekend days.

Also leaving from Main Street station is the 23, which will take you to the beach in English Bay. Service is increasing between the two ends there, as well.

Other locations in North Vancouver will get increased service as well, with Mount Seymour (211) and Deep Cove (212) trips increasing to every 30 minutes on weekends and trips up Grouse Mountain (236) increasing to every 15 minutes on weekday days and every half hour on weeknights and weekends.

Buntzen Lake (179) will see bus service once an hour on weekends and holidays as well, starting May 7.

Those heading south to the ferries out into the islands will see more trips added as well, starting April 18.

TransLink is also adjusting SkyTrain hours on the Millennium Line; it will affect the earliest and latest commuters heading to and from the Tri-Cities area. The first trip eastbound from the Production Way-University station will leave at 5:48 a.m. starting April 18, instead of 5:10 a.m, on weekdays. The last trip of the day will now leave Lafarge Lake-Douglas at 1 a.m., instead of 1:39 a.m.

Similar changes are occurring on the weekends, with the first eastbound trip leaving Production Way-University at 6:48 a.m. Saturdays and 7:48 a.m. Sundays. The last westbound trips are will be leaving Lafarge Lake-Douglas at 12:59 a.m. on Saturdays and 11:59 a.m. Sundays.