I moved to Surrey and began a longer commute last week. The night before my first commute to work I decided to use the ol’ Trip Planning tool on the Translink website to see how long it would take to get from King George Skytrain (where I would be dropped off in the luxury of a car) to Main Street Station.
I entered my information, asked it to have me arrive by 9:45am and hit the next button. The first route under the Trip Options of course gave me the most logical course, which was taking the skytrain until I reached Main Street. It listed the time it would take me (33 minutes), just like I needed and then it gave me some other options.
Take a look:
Those other options aren’t telling you to climb the stairs at King George and get on the train, instead they’re telling you to get on various buses to other Skytrain Stations to take a train to Main Street. In some cases adding up to 13 minutes to your commute.
Now, why would someone use any of those options that force you to arrive earlier and take one or more transfers?
I can’t necessarily say I’m surprised that Translink is trying to make our lives more difficult through all aspects of their business.