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PNE service and weekend bus reroutes, Friday Aug 20 to Sun Aug 22

A ferris wheel at the PNE. Photo by Stephanie Vacher.

The Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) Fair opens this weekend! The PNE is celebrating its 100th birthday this year, and they’re kicking things off with a parade along Beach Avenue on Friday, August 20th. Read on below to see what transit service is offered to the fair, reroutes for the parade, and reroute info for the Ladner Village Market on Sunday.

Transit service to the Fair at the PNE

The Fair at the PNE runs from Saturday, August 21 – Monday, September 6, 2010, from 11am until late (weather permitting). It’s also open at 9 a.m. on Sunday, August 22, with free gate admission from 9 a.m. to noon. (Note: The free gate admission offer is on SUNDAY this year, not Saturday as in previous years.)

To help you reach the fair, special shuttle buses to the PNE operate from many different areas, and will run from Saturday August 21 to Monday September 6. These express buses will run:

  • from 29th Avenue Station via Renfrew Station to Pacific Coliseum: every 15 minutes from 9:30am until midnight. Please note that the buses will stop across the street from the 29th Avenue bus loop, facing westbound on 29th Avenue.
  • from Phibbs Exchange to the Pacific Coliseum: every 15 minutes from 9:30 a.m. until midnight
  • from Horseshoe Bay to Pacific Coliseum at 8:10 a.m., 9:25 a.m., 10:25 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (stopping at Park Royal 20 minutes later)
  • from 25th & Marine at 11 a.m., 12:45 p.m. and 3 p.m., (stopping at Park Royal 10 minutes later); return trips leave Pacific Coliseum at 1:30 (Park Royal only) p.m., 3:10 p.m., 4 p.m., 5:10 p.m., 6:10p.m., 7:20 p.m. and 8:10 p.m. (to Horseshoe Bay) with a final trip to 25th & Marine at 10:45pm.
  • Please note that the #10 Granville will leave Kootenay Loop a few minutes early during peak periods to allow for delays at stops serving the PNE.

SkyTrain will run additional trains on Saturday nights, to handle the anticipated extra crowds.

Reroutes for Friday August 20

From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., the City of Vancouver will host the PNE Parade along Beach Ave. The parade will start at Stanley Park and end at Sunset Beach. The following route will be detoured: # C21.

Sunday August 22

From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Ladner Village Market will once again be open, meaning 48th Avenue will be closed. The following route will be detoured: # C86.

For more info…

A reminder to everyone that you can find further detail on these reroutes at the TransLink Alerts page. Or just call Customer Information at 604-953-3333!


  • By ;-), August 20, 2010 @ 5:35 pm

    You seriously need more than 15 minute frequency from 29th Station this Sunday morning before noon. It can take more than 6 buses wait to get to the FREE opening. With $20 savings it’s always chaotic

  • By ;-), August 20, 2010 @ 5:51 pm

    You also need more than tiny community shuttles for Canada Line passengers to get to Denman. There’s like 200 people here!

  • By ;-), August 20, 2010 @ 6:20 pm

    Omg…. It costs me $17 to ride a cab from Canada to denman.

  • By ;-), August 20, 2010 @ 6:35 pm

    Oops… Typo….
    Canada = Canada Line Yaletown station.

    Congestion is crazy! Got tired of waiting for C23 that kept driving by.

  • By JMS, August 20, 2010 @ 8:00 pm

    Why not have more frequency on the 16 for people along Renfrew street.
    I got off at Renfrew once and all the 16s were full as well as the Express.
    The 16 shouldn’t carry people for PNE from 29th should pick up local passengers along Renfrew as well as the people at Renfrew station.
    All people bound for PNE at 29th should tahe the PNE special.

  • By JMS, August 20, 2010 @ 8:01 pm

    My bad for typo. it should say take. not tahe.

  • By Kenneth Tran, August 23, 2010 @ 12:33 am

    Working as a PNE staff, I’d sure love to have a bus just for PNE staff members so that they’d get to PNE on time to start work/shift, especially during the morning. Friends of mine said that it took at least 4 buses to go before they got on at the 29th Ave. Stn. Not meant to be viewed as a selfish kind of way…just a thought…

  • By Kenneth Tran, August 23, 2010 @ 12:38 am

    not to double post, but I forgot to add one thing: you should have the longer articulated hybrid buses on this express line just to move riders alot faster. Also agreeing with JMS about the 16 on the regular route vs. PNE Express

  • By Jacob, August 23, 2010 @ 8:21 am

    @ ;):
    You meant C21 not C23.

    I know it’s confusing, but you’ll need a better map then whats on translink, because there’s a big difference in Peak hours and Non peak hours.

    BTW, Jhen, how do I send you a paint document, because I’m not that good at computers.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano - Buzzer Editor, August 23, 2010 @ 1:25 pm

    OK, I’m passing this thread along to our planning staff for feedback.

    Jacob: you can e-mail your document to But what’s in the paint document? Typically those are enormous in size so it would be good if you can reduce it somewhat.

  • By ;-), August 24, 2010 @ 8:43 am

    Thanks Jhen,–pne-could-set-new-attendance-record-this-year

    The media story above reports a queue “several blocks long”…. Perhaps what troubling is this is the PNE’s 100th anniversary. I would think Translink would have enough practice to know that 15 minute frequency will not be sufficient with trainloads of people exiting at the advertised 29th avenue station during the critical FREE 3hrs….

    I did hear from another media source that extra buses were brought in and some routes were cannibalized to help out the PNE demand…. but it still was not enough as I heard that some waited 3hrs plus. The bottleneck is transit as many missed the noon cutoff. I was at the Peking Acrobats show at 12:30pm and there was a few hundred empty seats for that first show. The following afternoon shows were full house.

    Personally I got trapped at the 29th station a few years back and have now adapted by showing up well early before the 9am gate opening. However, my sympathies do go out to seniors who were helpless trying to find washrooms for that long queue at 29th Ave.

  • By Margaret, August 24, 2010 @ 6:49 pm

    As usual Translink is just not coming up to the mark. One would have thought there would be transit from the Lougheed Town Centre to the PNE. Taking the Skytrain to Renfrew Station is a ridiculous option when there appears to be no room on the on the shuttles.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano - Buzzer Editor, August 25, 2010 @ 11:44 am

    Margaret: I’ve passed your comment along to CMBC planning and here’s the response.

    The current shuttle attempts to maximizes the opportunity for all shuttle users from all parts of the region – if Lougheed Town Centre is added, why not Richmond, Metrotown, Coquitlam, etc? It would lead to a poor use of our resources.

    There is transit from Lougheed Station to the PNE, just not a one seat ride. M-Line SkyTrain to:

    · Brentwood Station then 130 to Kootenay Loop or Cassiar St [51746] short walk to PNE

    · Gilmore Station then 28 to Kootenay Loop or Cassiar St [51746] short walk to PNE

    · Rupert Station then 27 to Kootenay Loop short walk to PNE

    · Renfrew Station then 16 to Hastings St

    · Production Station then 145/135 to PNE (might have to sit thru a short layover at SFU)

    · 136 to Brentwood 130 to Kootenay Loop or Cassiar St [51746] short walk to PNE

  • By Sean (CMBC), September 3, 2010 @ 4:33 pm

    If I had a say: The PNE Shuttle/Express along Renfrew would be the larger ARTICULATED BUSES!
    With UBC & SFU in “summer” session, that should free up 6 or 8 artic diesels from either BTC and/or RTC to operate along Renfrew… larger buses mean MORE capacity people!!! Maxiamize what you already have!!!

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