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New NightBus District makes late-night transit easier to find

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Finding the NightBus just got easier in downtown Vancouver with the pilot NightBus District—a new, well-lit hub on West Georgia Street at Granville Street to catch the NightBus.

This is where all 10 NightBus routes will now start, making it easier than ever to find transit to take you home after 2  a.m.! It’s cheaper than a coat check, costing less than $3 to get home on NightBus.

NightBus District stops are the ones with the full moons on top!

NightBus District stops are the ones with the full moons on top!

NightBus routes from Downtown Vancouver depart every 30 minutes or better, seven days a week, and pick up customers throughout the downtown core, connecting them to destinations across the region.

The routes include service to Burnaby and SFU, Coquitlam, North Vancouver, Richmond and YVR, Surrey, UBC and several points throughout Vancouver.

Three of the NightBus routes closely follow the same routes as the Millennium Line (N9), Canada Line (N10) and Expo Line (N19). Last departures from downtown on these routes are after 4 a.m. Last departures for other routes range from 3:09 a.m. to 5:09 a.m., depending on the route.

NightBus District and Route Map

The hub, which is a pilot project, was inspired by feedback from TransLink’s Late Night Stakeholder Committee that has been discussing late-night transit services for workers and patrons of the Downtown Entertainment District.

We’ll be monitoring the success of the program as we continue our assessment of late-night services.

Find out more about the NightBus District on translink.ca/nightbus!

 


8 Comments

  • By Joey Connick, June 25, 2018 @ 9:22 pm

    Sounds good!

  • By Mike, June 26, 2018 @ 8:40 am

    Will there be transit security on the buses . This would be the time of night when things could get stupid.

  • By Allen Tung, June 27, 2018 @ 9:28 am

    Hi Mike, our Transit Security officers do ride the buses. Of note, at the NightBus District, we will have two Transit Security Officers and one Transit Supervisor stationed there.

  • By Stefan, June 26, 2018 @ 11:12 am

    This seems like a good idea, but there doesn’t actually seem to be any information about the new “NightBus District” on the main NightBus page linked above (translink.ca/nightbus).

    It might be good to post a detailed list or map of changes.

    The closest thing seems to be the Vancouver City Centre Station map, linked to from the SkyTrain Maps page: http://infomaps.translink.ca/System_Maps/skytrain_station_maps/granville_vancouver_city_centre_station.pdf

    Apart from that, you have to click through to each route from the NightBus page, then click on “Route Diagram” to see how each one has changed.

    The last time I rode an “Owl” bus (as they were called) was 1997, but using a brighter, busier area along Georgia seems better than meeting along Howe Street.

  • By Allen Tung, June 27, 2018 @ 9:56 am

    Thanks Stefan! We’ll look into how we can improve the information on the NightBus page.

  • By David, June 26, 2018 @ 12:28 pm

    Great idea. I’m also happy to see the nightbus network running later so most nightbus routes now operate until first day buses the next morning. I’d love to see this implemented fully so that there is no need to worry about last bus.

    Another change I’d like to see is the N15 extended to YVR, and the N10 spur to YVR discontinued – the N10 and N15 could have a timed transfer at the old Sea Island bus loop for transfers. This would provide a much better service than exists now for Richmond and the Airport.

  • By Allen Tung, June 27, 2018 @ 10:01 am

    Thanks David! Definitely, for example, the N35 and 95 B-Line combine to provide round-the-clock service along the Hastings Street corridor. More investments in the system are coming as part of the 10-Year Vision. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to leave feedback about the N10/N15 at translink.ca/feedback. Thanks, have a great day!

  • By Fraser, June 27, 2018 @ 5:23 am

    Still doesn’t go near Sapperton or Braid stations.Useless for me. :-(

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