New West council considers petition for bus changes in 'Boro

Bus changes are being requested to improve access to the Sikh temple in Queensborough.

The city has received a petition signed by more than 60 people asking for its support for changes to the 410 bus route. The Sukh Sagar Sikh Temple is located on Wood Street in Queensborough.

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“The route it currently goes leaves a large amount of the public with a long distance to walk in order to reach the Sikh temple in Queensborough, as well as the elementary school,” said an email from petitioners to city council. “The majority of the population who is affected by this added distance is children and the elderly.”

The petition is suggesting a route change that would see the TransLink bus coming off the Queensborough Bridge and travelling along Wood Street, before continuing on its regular route.

“This will only add a few minutes onto the route but will successfully accommodate a vast amount of the New Westminster community,” stated an email to the city council. “Therefore a petition has been conducted to

help the TransLink services understand the magnitude of public residents that would benefit from a change of the bus route for the 410 to run right on Boyd and a right onto Wood Street.”

Council referred the issue to staff.

“I think we should respond to this, said Coun. Bill Harper. “There are 64 names on this. There are obviously a lot of people concerned about it.”

TransLink’s website states that the 410 Queensborough bus currently travels between the 22nd Street SkyTrain station and Gilley Road at Westminster Highway in Richmond (via Howes Street, Ewen Avenue and Westminster Highway).

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