Presently there is no bus service to facilitate residents on Upper Eagleridge, and these are the reasons one is required:
The closest bus stop is at Eagleridge/Marine, which is not only a very long distance to the top but is an extremely arduous uphill climb, particularly with something to carry.
The walk along Eagleridge Drive is quite dangerous because the road is narrow and winding, with visual obstructions all the way down the steep grade.
Pedestrian access to Caulfeild Village shopping centre and Rockridge secondary school is not feasible along the highway because it is very dangerous. There is no sidewalk, (nor any kind of safe distance from highway traffic), to walk over the Nelson Creek bridge.
Taxis are available at Park Royal, but this is quite costly. Alternatively, taking a bus to Horseshoe Bay and then a taxi from there does not work because the taxi drivers are reluctant to accept fares for that short distance...whilst losing their place in the queue.
Taking public transit from the airport (to avoid the costly taxi fare), is not viable because, even while using the Canada Line to downtown and then the express bus (257) to Horseshoe Bay seems like a good option, one finds oneself stuck at Horseshoe Bay with no taxis available there.
There is, however, a remedy for this situation: The 257 takes the Exit 2 turn-off from Highway 1 and passes along the roundabout located at the north end of the Eagleridge-Highway 1 overpass, and this is where a bus stop could be provided.
Editor’s note: TransLink’s senior media relations advisor Chris Bryan provides the following response:
“We appreciate the reader’s suggestion about adding a stop at Eagleridge Drive. This input is important because we always want to make it as convenient as possible to use transit. We want the reader to know that we’ve taken a good look at putting a stop in this location. Staff in our engineering department reviewed the options here and determined that it is not feasible to add a 257 stop to the Eagleridge roundabout. All 257 trips operate with the longer, articulated vehicles which, unfortunately, are too large to safely stop in the roundabout.”
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