Since early March, when Covid-19 became the global pandemic it is today, Translink has been looking for ways to cut back on expenses amidst a massive decrease in revenue, leading to losses nearing $75 million a month. Those losses are due to a multitude of factors:
– An over 80% decrease in ridership
– The introduction of fare-free bus travel
– A 60% decrease in revenue from fuel taxes.
One of the ways that Translink has saved money has been, as we all know, layoffs and service restrictions. Whether routes have seen a decrease in travel times, or even been cut out completely, it’s been nothing short of inconvenient for a lot of people in the lower mainland.
No one has been more affected than people in more rural areas of Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows, and especially Maple Ridge; where most of the east part of Ridge (past 240th st) have seen drastic cuts in service routes. This has led to some residents to either reschedule their days and lives due to having no choice but to work at earlier later times – depending on transit times – or simply stop working all together.