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Open house on bus service Tuesday

TransLink will discuss changes to the 502 bus route to Aldergrove as well as introduce a new 503 express bus at an open house scheduled for Aldergrove on Tuesday evening, Dec. 4. - Langley Times file photo
TransLink will discuss changes to the 502 bus route to Aldergrove as well as introduce a new 503 express bus at an open house scheduled for Aldergrove on Tuesday evening, Dec. 4.
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Translink is holding an open house  to go over its plan to introduce a new 503 express service to Aldergrove and cut the rural portions of the 502 bus route in 2013. The open house will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 4 in the small gym of Aldergrove Secondary from  5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

According to TransLink, the reason for changing the service is because the 502 is overcrowded and often passes Aldergrove residents by while the Salmon River segment of the 502 generates very low ridership. The new services will reduce overcrowding and set up for a faster service for regular commuters from Langley to Surrey and Aldergrove to Langley.

The Salmon River segment of the 502 route runs along 248 Street to 56 Avenue to 240 St. to Fraser Highway, but only at 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 5:50 westbound and 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. eastbound Monday through Friday, with less service on Saturday and nothing on Sundays.

Township Councillor Kim Richter questions TransLink’s decisions, considering it just spent unknown amount of dollars making several of the bus stops along the soon-to-be eliminated route wheelchair accessible by raising and levelling the ground around the stops.

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