SF office park’s transit “cult” based on bus connections may have lessons for Metro

Surrey Mayor Diane Watts’ call for at-grade light rail systems to build sustainable transportation in her city are a pragmatic response to Surrey’s lower densities.

And as Vancouver’s experience with the B-Line has demonstrated, buses can do a lot to build ridership and shift people from cars while we’re waiting for the trains.

This recent report from San Francisco — illustrated, oddly, with a photo of a Translink 99 B-Line bus — shows how good bus connections can produce a 30 percent mode share for public transit even in a sprawling office park if employers take the lead and good bus connections are nearby.

It takes a transit “cult” based on a number of gains for transit riders, but it can get drivers out of their cars, even if they’re heading for a Chevron office.