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New reroutes for the 5, 6, and N6 during the Olympics

The City of Vancouver has decided to close Robson Street west of Thurlow, affecting our bus service on the 5, 6, and N6 routes. These routes will now be rerouted for the Games period.

(This means there’s no service at all on Robson. The only eastbound service on Davie is the C21/C23 Community Shuttles, and they’re quite full. Please try to walk across the street and get the #5/#6 on their new routes, which are now running considerably more often than they usually do.)

Here are the maps of the reroutes plus the descriptions posted on our Alerts page.

Reroutes for the 5 and 6

New Olympic reroutes for the 5 and 6 routes in downtown Vancouver. Click to download a PDF version of this map.

New Olympic reroutes for the 5 and 6 routes in downtown Vancouver. Click to download a PDF version of this map.

Download a PDF map of the 5 reroute or the 6 reroute (they’re essentially the same map)

From Hastings/Richards/Davie/Denman/Georgia/Pender/Homer/Hastings/Richards/Davie in a continuous loop. No service on Robson. No downtown service on Davie. Effective Feb 16 at 11:40am and for the balance of Olympic period.

Edit: As of Wednesday February 17, we’ve now added an eastbound service on Davie for the Games period only. The details:

A special bus service is being introduce effective immediately for the duration of the games. An eastbound “Special” will depart from the corner of Denman and Davie to carry passengers to Pacific Blvd. The service will run from 6 a.m. to 12 midnight each day. Service should be every eight to 10 minutes. Please note this is an eastbound service on Davie only. Customers are encouraged to use the regular westbound service for returning trips.

Reroutes for the N6

New Olympic reroutes for the N6. Click to download a PDF version of the map.

New Olympic reroutes for the N6. Click to download a PDF version of the map.

Download a PDF map of the N6 reroute

From Hastings/Richards/Pender/Howe/Davie/Denman/Georgia/Pender/Homer/Hastings/Richards/Davie in a continuous loop. No service on Robson. Effective today February, 16th at 11:40am for the balance of Olympic period.


5 Comments

  • By Mike, February 16, 2010 @ 11:01 pm

    Yeah I got caught up in this yesterday. I was trying to get from Burrard Station to Davie/Denman. As soon as I got out of the station I saw the 5 at the old 98 stop, so I quickly got on. I knew Robson was closed but I figured it had to get to Denman somehow. So we travelled down Burrard and at Davie there was another trolley in front of us on the wire that was not in service. Our driver got out to talk to the other driver and came back saying he was turning left to go back downtown and he told us to take the 6 on Davie (everyone was wanting to go to English Bay). So we got on a very, very packed 6 to go down Davie.

  • By Stefan, February 17, 2010 @ 10:40 am

    Hopefully all the buses that are normally assigned to the 5/6 are all running this one-way loop, so that the loss of service on Robson (both ways) and Davie eastbound is made up for by more frequent service on Davie westbound.

    The right-turn that the trolleybuses take from Denman northbound onto Pender eastbound was only installed in 2003. Before that, buses taking the same route as today would have had to have their poles pulled on Denman, turned the corner, then put the poles back up on Georgia.

    It would also be possible to compensate for the loss of service on Davie eastbound by running buses in a counter-clockwise loop, from Downtown via Pender and Georgia out to Stanley Park Loop, then looping back via Georgia to Denman, then right onto Denman and left onto Davie.

  • By klparrot, February 17, 2010 @ 11:19 am

    If there’s going to be no more counter-clockwise service, is there any way to avoid the transfer/wait hassle at Davie/Denman? I wouldn’t mind the change so much if I could just stay on one bus and have it do the whole loop without a 10-minute stop at that corner.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, February 17, 2010 @ 5:11 pm

    I will see if I can get answers to these questions… just remember that lots of people who would normally help us out with answers are out working on the system right now!

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