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TransLink launches historic new bus service

January 06, 2020

RapidBus brings faster, more frequent service to eight Metro Vancouver communities

COQUITLAM, B.C. – TransLink launches RapidBus on four routes – bringing customers up to 20 per cent faster bus service with higher frequencies, fewer stops, dedicated bus lanes, bus priority changes to intersections, and all-door boarding.

RapidBus provides a more reliable bus service that can move more than 10,000 people per hour at peak times. The new service is made possible through investments from Phase One of the Mayors’ Vision, the Government of Canada, and the Province of BC.

Coming every 10 minutes or better during peak hours and every 15 minutes or better in non-peak hours, customers can now catch a RapidBus on these four routes:

  • R1 King George Blvd – (Guildford Exchange/Newton Exchange)
    • Every eight minutes during peak hours
  • R3 Lougheed Hwy (Coquitlam Central Station/Haney Place)
    • Every ten minutes during peak hours
  • R4 41st Ave (UBC/Joyce-Collingwood Station)
    • Every three to six minutes during peak hours
  • R5 Hastings St (SFU/Burrard Station)
    • Every four to five minutes during peak hours

RapidBus customers will enjoy new customer amenities such as softer seats, more space on 60-foot articulated buses, real-time digital signage, and audio next-bus information at RapidBus stops.

RapidBus is the newest service added to improve the Metro Vancouver bus system. Here is a brief history of buses in Metro Vancouver:

The evolution of Metro Vancouver transit buses Year
RapidBus service launches 2020
First double-decker bus 2019
First battery-electric bus 2019
B-Line service begins 1996
First 60-foot articulated bus 1991
First lift-equipped buses 1990
HandyDART service launches 1981
SeaBus service launches 1977
First trolleybus 1948
Buses added to streetcar fleet 1920s
Metro Vancouver streetcar service 1890

The R2 Marine Drive route between Phibbs Exchange and Park Royal will enter service in spring of this year. There are seven more RapidBus routes planned for Phases Two and Three of the Mayors’ Vision following the launch of R2.

Rapid Facts:

  • 330,000 people live within walking distance of the four RapidBus corridors
  • There are 98 new RapidBus stops installed along the four corridors
  • All other routes that also use either Lougheed Highway or 41st Avenue will see faster service thanks to bus-priority road changes
  • The R1 King George Blvd (previously the 96 B-Line) capacity is increasing 20 per cent
  • The R5 Hastings St (previously the 95 B-Line) capacity is increasing 25 per cent
  • The “B-Line” moniker is being retired (Except for Vancouver’s 99 B-Line, which will continue serving customers during the construction of the Broadway Subway)

Quotes:

Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“Effective public transit helps people get to where they want to go faster, at a lower cost and in a more sustainable way. It builds communities and helps create jobs. The RapidBus is going to make a real difference in the lives of people in Metro Vancouver. I am pleased it is part of our Government’s historic investments in transit infrastructure.”

Honourable Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
“These new RapidBuses will get more people to their destination faster. That means people in communities like Surrey, Maple Ridge, Coquitlam, and other communities served by these lines can spend less time in traffic and more time doing the things that matter to them. These RapidBuses are just one example of how our shared commitment to transit is making a difference for people in the region. I know that our commitment to fund 40% of the capital costs for every phase of the Mayors’ Council’s 10-Year Vision will continue to deliver transit improvements across Metro Vancouver, making life better for everyone.”

Bill Dingwall, Mayor of Pitt Meadows
“This new service will provide residents with a fast, affordable, frequent and reliable way to get around and efficiently connect Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge and Port Coquitlam to the Coquitlam Central Station SkyTrain. It is important transit investments like these that help us create more connected, green and livable communities. Starting today, a trip from Maple Ridge to Coquitlam Central Station will take just 30-37 minutes. From Pitt Meadows, the RapidBus will get you to Coquitlam Central Station in approximately 20 minutes. We know that a more efficient and convenient bus service translates into increased ridership. It also allows communities to create transit-oriented housing near the Rapid Bus services providing improved transit options from young to older citizens.”

Kevin Desmond, CEO, TransLink
“We’re stepping up our bus game. RapidBus is a crucial part of improving the region’s bus service through the Mayors’ Vision. These RapidBus routes will benefit eight communities and bring our customers a more reliable bus service that they deserve.”


Learn more:
RapidBus website


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