The $370 million pledged to TransLink in the federal budget is starting to arrive in Metro Vancouver.
The first of three ultra-articulated, block-long buses will make its debut today after a series of late night and early morning tests near the Tsawwassen ferry terminal this week.
At 200-metres long, the B.C. Bus Train can hold 500 passengers. The 14-wheeled accordion bus, which runs on natural gas, is like six buses in one. It even comes with free wifi, space for an on-board bike mechanic, a barista stand and disc jockey.
The surprise addition to the Coast Mountain Bus Company fleet could go a long way to solving the problem of 1,000-plus passengers left behind every week by full buses around the region.
The bus will be christened shortly before noon on April 1 by new TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond and Coast Mountain’s chief driver Larry Aprilscherz at Broadway and Commercial. First 500 passengers ride for free. The bus will run rush hours on the route to the University of B.C. A second vehicle will arrive next month to serve the Fraser Highway in Surrey.