If you build it, they will come…or in this case, if you build enough homes, transit will eventually show up, after enough residents call and demand TransLink to step up their service…
At present, there is no public transit service to connect the upper neighbourhoods of Burke Mountain to the rest of the world…for now, you’re gonna have to walk. The closest bus is the C38 – Coquitlam Station/River Springs/Prairie/Poco. If you can manage the walk to David Avenue and Oxford Street, or to Coast Meridian and Victoria Avenue to catch the C38, it’s probably all you will need to get where you want to go. The C38 bus goes to downtown Port Coquitlam via Shaughnessy Street, then heads to the Coquitlam Park and Ride and the West Coast Express before it hits Coquitlam Town Centre and starts making its way back up the mountain. When the Evergreen Line is completed, the C38 bus will be the transit lifeline for commuters living on Burke Mountain.
The community of Burke Mountain is located 4 minutes from the Coquitlam campus of Douglas College. Many of the homes being built on Burke Mountain will contain 1 or 2-bedroom suites. It is my speculation that many of these basement suites will be tenanted with students from Douglas College, and they will be the ones wanting this bus to extend its service and add a loop up Coast Meridian to the route. Accessibility to transit will be a big plus to any potential tenants and residents alike.
TransLink has said that when the demand is there, they will most certainly expand their service to meet the needs of the residents. How quickly those needs are communicated to TransLink will have an influence on when this expansion occurs. Until then, make sure you’ve got good walking shoes!