Bus service for ferry terminal could be better

I echo the feelings of the writer regarding the despicable bus service from Vancouver to the ferries at the Tsawwassen terminal and from the terminal to downtown Vancouver.

I am 76 and travel to Vancouver several times a year. I take the transit bus from Victoria to Swartz Bay and enjoy the trip as it travels through the beautiful Saanich countryside, followed by a comfortable and interesting trip on the ferry.

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Boarding and travelling to the Bridgeport Canada Line station on the Metro Vancouver TransLink articulated bus is the first downer. The bus is not designed for transporting people from the ferry to Vancouver. It is not suited to ferry passengers with suitcases, skis and other luggage. The objective seems to be to cram as many people on as possible, luggage and riders everywhere. Unfortunate riders have the pleasure of standing and holding their luggage to Bridgeport. If I am the one standing, the younger people will generally offer their seat.

When I board the Canada Line at Bridgeport, travel improves immensely for the ride to downtown Vancouver.

Returning to Victoria, I dread the interminable wait for the ferry bus at Bridgeport. The wait is 15 to 25 minutes while people jostle for the best position to get a seat on the bus. The No. 620 bus to Tsawwassen terminal is crammed full with standing room only.

My message to TransLink: “Pull up your socks.”

Ronald Fownes


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