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SkyTrain wait times blogger "basking" in changes

SkyTrain customers waiting at Scott Road Station in Surrey. (Photo via Twitter: @wetcoastlife)

SURREY (NEWS 1130) – – “I’m still kind of basking in the glory of this.”

The statement comes from transit blogger Daryl Dela Cruz after his post on longer wait times for SkyTrain service in Surrey influenced TransLink to rethink its Expo Line plan.

The transit authority has since reassessed scheduling that would have added a minute and a half to the six-minute wait for trains during peak service at the new Expo branch to King George.

The changes coming this month will now see trains run within seconds of usual wait times.

Dela Cruz says it wasn’t just a minor inconvenience of a slightly longer wait that led him to criticize the original move.

“They were staying very quiet about it,” he said adding that the scheduling changes appeared online but were not being communicated to frequent transit riders like himself.

“For something of that magnitude, a 20 per cent drop in frequency, that’s pretty substantial so I thought, hey this is happening, I have a blog, I have resources.”

Dela Cruz says TransLink usually does a good job of communicating changes to their system and this one was kind of a gap.

The TransLink service changes are part of a restructuring of Expo and Millennium SkyTrain schedules in order to prepare for the opening of the Evergreen Line connection to the Tri Cities in December.