The bridge to somewhere…

22 06 2009

So, a week ago today, the new Golden Ears bridge opened up between Langley and Pitt Meadows/Maple Ridge.  Now, people here in Langley have been waiting (impatiently) for this bridge for like, 20 years.  So now that it’s open, it’s kind of like some gateway to another planet or something, I swear. 

Today, Translink started a bus link between Langley Centre and Haney Place, the 595.  So of course, being the transit-minded guy I am, I decided to try it out. Now, first, one of the coolest things about this route, is that on those days I have to actually head to downtown Vancouver, if it’s in the morning, the bus links up with the West Coast Express (Vancouver’s commuter rail system, for those of you out of town.)  It unfortunately only goes along the North side of the Fraser River, which was a problem until now.  Now, I can get on at Ridge Meadows station, and instead of it taking 90-120 minutes to get to Waterfront station, it takes…30?  It’s sick.  And they even have a coffee bar on the damn train.  ON the thing.  I used to take it when I lived in Port Coquitlam and Coquitlam, and it costs a bit more, but it’s worth every penny.

Anyways, on to my trip to Maple Ridge.  Now, I’d had a bit of experience with that area when I was younger and had a bike, and then when I still bothered having a vehicle and driving. I grew up in Fort Langley and was just a ferry ride across from the area.  Since then, it’s been kind of like the end of the world or something.  Needless to say, I hadn’t been there in a LONG time.  I was in for a surprise.

It’s nice over there.  I mean really nice.

I mean, I thought Langley was pretty nice.  We have nothing on that damn town.  It still has it’s small-town charm (something Langley lost years ago), but it’s still got better bus service towards town than Langley does.  No bloody fair!

Anyways, I could totally see myself moving across the river. Again. But this time, to the end of the world. 🙂