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TransLink proposes new temporary bus exchange in Steveston

Five bus routes currently serve the Steveston Village community.
A new Steveston Transit Exchange layout is being proposed closer to Garry Point Park. City of Richmond photo

TransLink is proposing that buses in Steveston terminate closer to Garry Point Park, creating a new “transit exchange.”

Currently, five bus routes connect Steveston Village to other parts of Richmond. But TransLink is looking at a new temporary layout to address community concerns along Chatham Street, between First and Fourth avenues.

TransLink has been trying to secure an off-street area for a bus hub for several years, but this has proved to be “challenging” in Steveston Village, according to a city staff report.

The new temporary location for the bus hub would be moved further west on Chatham, between Fourth and Sixth avenues.

A temporary washroom for bus drivers is also proposed “in an architecturally pleasing manner” until a longer-term off-street transit exchange can be developed, according to city staff report.

While the proposed new location for the transit hub will relocate parked buses away from Second Avenue, active bus stops will still be on Second Avenue for passenger dropoff and pickup.

The new configuration would have buses travelling southbound on Seventh Avenue, eastbound on Moncton Street and northbound on Sixth Avenue instead of using the streets north of Chatham.

A public consultation will take place this fall.

A proposed layout of the Steveston Transit Exchange will be dealt with at the public works and transportation committee meeting on Wednesday.