This busy stretch of Delta road is bypassed by buses

It’s a dangerous stretch of road for pedestrians with no bus service.

The city wants to know why TransLink doesn’t have buses travelling along 104th Street in East Delta, a heavily-used but narrow two-lane country road with deep ditches on either side.

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“We’ve asked Mr. (engineering director Steven) Lan to report back to council on this. It was intended as a farm road but it has taken on a lot more because of increased growth,” said Mayor George Harvie.

At last week’s Delta council meeting, Coun. Bruce McDonald said he was advised by local farmers a bus that travelled down the road and into Ladner had been changed to travel down Scott Road to Highway 10, then into Ladner

“There is in the summertime, I was told, with the greenhouses and berry farms on that road, sometimes as many as 250 employees and they’re not driving big fancy cars because that’s not what they get paid,” said McDonald. “Without a bus service, it’s really causing a hardship to the farmers to try and bring people in, and certainly a hardship for people trying to balance their way on the side of that road and not get hit.”

Noting one side of the road literally has no shoulder, he told the Optimist he’s not sure when the change occurred. 

A TransLink spokesperson couldn’t find information whether a bus had travelled down the road but, if it did, it might have been a while ago.

TransLink has a number of service improvements implemented and planned for Delta, but those changes didn’t involve a bus on 104th Street, the spokesperson noted.

Engineering director Steven Lan said his department is waiting to hear back from the transit authority.

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