Shape Properties will be holding a public session for the BMR next Wednesday June 26 at the Brentwood Mall food court from 4-7pm.
Brentwood Bus Loop to be removed
As stated by Shape Properties during earlier public sessions, the Brentwood Mall bus loop will disappear as the BMR unfolds. The buses will remain as they will be dispersed along Lougheed and Willindgon along the mall perimeter.
Altus second tallest
Solo District's 2nd tower to be constructed, Altus, will become the second tallest tower in BC. Mayor Derek Corrigan, MP Kennedy Stewart, and MLA Richard Lee were in attendance to see the groundbreaking to begin the construction of Altus. The construction of the first tower, Stratus, is currently underway.
Solo District from SkyTrain on June 19.
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TransLink is relocating its routes as it vacates the bus loop in anticipation of the massive redevelopment of Brentwood Town Centre mall site.
On Monday, Burnaby council approved having the bus service moved onto city roads, which is expected by sometime this fall.
The route changes were developed by TransLink in conjunction with city hall and Shape Properties, owner of the mall site, with the intention of better integrating bus stops with Brentwood SkyTrain station and the eventual development project, said a city staff report.
Under the new system for the five routes affected—Nos. 25, 123, 134, 136 and 130—all stops and layovers will take place on the street and as close to Brentwood station as possible.
Route No.25 will turn around using Lougheed Highway, Alpha Avenue and Dawson Street; No. 123 will turn around using a new road on the Brentwood mall site and Lougheed; No. 136 will continue as it does today, approaching from the east and leaving northward as No. 134; in reverse, 136 will make a loop using Lougheed, Rosser Avenue and Halifax Street before departing as 136. There will be no changes to No. 130.
The existing bus stop at the station on Lougheed eastbound will be expanded to allow for the addition of route No. 25 and a new on-street stop will be added on the south side of Halifax, just west of Willingdon Avenue.
The changes will result in most bus passengers able to walk shorter distances to the SkyTrain station by up to 100 metres.
Coun. Colleen Jordan was impressed at what was possible without using Brentwood mall as a turnaround area.
"They're trying to make some of the pick-up and drop-off areas closer to SkyTrain for some of the routes. If that was the task at hand I think staff and TransLink have done a pretty good job."
But Coun. Sav Dhaliwal believes more could have been done.
He noted that the stop for No. 123 remains where it is on Willingdon, too far from the station, and questioned why the new loop for No. 134 has the layover on Halifax, instead of closer to the station where people can wait. "There's no point in having it two blocks away."
Council approved the changes by an 8-1 vote with Dhaliwal opposed.