TransLink halts Lions Gate Bridge bus service over bump
The Lions Gate Bridge construction bump strikes again.
TransLink issued a press release late Wednesday night saying that all bus service over the bridge on Thursday will be halted, and instead diverted to the SeaBus terminal in Londsdale Quay or Waterfront Station.
"As a result, all bus service tomorrow over the bridge between the North Shore and downtown Vancouver, including the 240, 241, 246 and 247, will avoid the bridge and divert to the SeaBus terminal at Lonsdale Quay (Bay 1) or Waterfront Station in the morning and throughout the day," said the release.
West Van Blue Buses are making it over the bridge.
The diversion comes after the Ministry of Transportation earlier announced that it is making changes to the small metal bump.
The government will be widening the bump and placing more rubber surfacing on it in hopes of creating a smoother driving experience, a spokesperson confirmed Wednesday. The work is expected to be completed by Friday morning.
On Thursday, TransLink said it would add an extra Sea Bus to the afternoon commute to lessen the wait times experienced by commuters.
The small bump is being blamed for snarling traffic for tens of thousands of motorists from the North Shore all the way to East Vancouver.
The metal plate, which is less than two inches thick, was installed on the south end of the crossing to protect joints during overnight repaving work.
But driving over it creates an unsettling sound that motorists have been slowing down to avoid ever since the bump was installed on Aug. 14.
The bump fiasco has spurred a new Twitter handle: @LionsGateBump, which already has hundreds of followers.
@words2pics Take the seabus they said. It's a relaxing way to get to work, they said!— LionsGateBump (@LionsGateBump) August 20, 2015
TransLink says 240, 241, 246 and 247 buses not going over the Lions Gate Bridge because of metal plate on crossing. pic.twitter.com/QZtFGVt07q— CTV Vancouver (@CTVVancouver) August 20, 2015
UPDATE: Min of Transpo says starting tonight installing longer transition & rubber on metal "speed bump" plate on Lions Gate. @CTVVancouver— Penny Daflos (@PennyDaflos) August 20, 2015