UPDATE: The Downtown Vancouver Local Bus Service Review: Phase 1 Consultation Summary is now online !
We’re looking for your feedback on bus service in downtown Vancouver!
The City of Vancouver and TransLink are teaming up to study the downtown Vancouver bus network, developing a shared vision for service over the next five years to match rider demand and the City’s transport goals.
The study is called the Downtown Vancouver Local Bus Service Review, and we’ll be gathering your feedback all summer to help us develop concepts for public discussion in fall.
Why are we doing this study?
With this study, both TransLink and the City of Vancouver are aiming to establish a common vision for bus service in downtown Vancouver, especially in light of possible major street changes that offer challenges and opportunities for the downtown bus network.
Major street changes that have been made or proposed recently include:
- Canada Line
- Exploration of the 800-Block Robson Street as a permanent plaza
- Potential changes to the Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts and surrounding areas
- Proposed move of the Vancouver Art Gallery and potential for a new plaza in the 600-block of Cambie Street
As well, the downtown population has already more than doubled over the past 20 years, with most growth in the neighbourhoods east of Granville Street, such as Yaletown, Downtown South and along False Creek.
The study is intended to supplement to TransLink’s regular planning work  in the area. The last Vancouver/UBC Area Transit Plan  was completed in 2005, and the next update is not planned for several years.
(We only do one area transit plan at a time, and the current plan underway is the Northeast Sector Area Transit Plan! )
Get involved in person and online
First, join us at two open houses in June 2013:
Open House #1
Date: June 22, 2013
Time: 1 – 4 p.m.
Location: Strawberry Festival, 1447 Barclay St., Vancouver
Open House #2
Date: June 26, 2013
Time: 3 – 8 p.m.
Location: Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia St., Vancouver
We will also have an online survey that will open on June 21 and run until July 12, 2013. I’ll post the link here once it is ready!
Update: the survey is now live!