Victoria, British Columbia – A new northbound shoulder bus lane is being built in British Columbia between the King George Highway and Highway 91, thanks to a partnership between the federal and provincial governments. The lane will improve transit service and reduce traffic congestion for commuters.
The new six-kilometre lane will open this spring.
“We’re designing these transit improvements to be a competitive and attractive alternative to driving a car,” said Stephanie Cadieux, MLA for Surrey-Panorama. “People sitting in traffic will be convinced that transit is the way to travel when they see buses moving past congestion on Highway 99.”
The province is investing $110 million for transit and road improvements on Highway 99, including 17 kilometres of separate shoulder bus lanes. When all improvements are complete, travelling by bus from White Rock to Richmond will take less than 30 minutes, which is competitive with driving a car. Passengers will also be able to easily connect to other transit services, including the Canada Line at Bridgeport Station.
A shoulder bus lane from Westminster Highway to Bridgeport Road is now open, and work continues to add more lanes north and south of the George Massey tunnel in both directions.