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Bus changes for late June 2012: Granville Street weekend detours, Robson buses on Olympic routes

A map of the 5/N6 detours that start on June 23, 2012. Click for a larger version!

A map of the Granville Street weekend detours for summer 2012. Click for a larger version!

As we mentioned last week, our regular quarterly bus service changes are happening starting Monday, June 25, 2012. (See the full list of changes here!)

But two major changes for the summer are starting on Saturday, June 23, 2012! Read on for more.

Saturday June 23: Granville weekend detours and 5/N6 route changes for Viva Vancouver

Owing to Viva Vancouver, the City of Vancouver’s summer festival, Granville Street and Robson Square will be closed to vehicle traffic from June 23 to Sept 3, 2012.

And as you can guess, this means reroutes for our buses! So starting Saturday June 23, 2012, here’s what will happen:

  • there will be weekend detours for all buses running down Granville Street, starting Fridays at 9pm (usually these closures are only during weekend evenings)
  • the 5 Robson/Downtown and N6 Downtown NightBus will be back on the route it used during the 2010 Winter Olympics

See the maps above and at right for all the details: essentially, the Granville Street buses (the 4, 6, 7, 10, 14, 16, 17, 20 and 50) will be using Seymour northbound and Howe southbound, and the 5 and N6 will be going around Robson Square on its journeys east and west.

Other summer bus changes around the region

As well, summertime also means some seasonal changes elsewhere on the TransLink schedule.

  • 19 Stanley Park will add shuttle buses from downtown (Hastings & Cambie) to the Stanley Park loop, to help handle additional crowds, starting June 25
  • C26 Buntzen Lake/Coquitlam Station will run every hour between approximately 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays (effective June 16)
  • 150 White Pine Beach/Coquitlam Station will run hourly between approximately 11am and 7pm, seven days a week (this took effect June 11; since April, the #150 has been operating on weekends and holidays only)

These changes are in addition to the service increase in April on the 620 Tsawwassen Ferry/Bridgeport Stn to meet BC Ferries arrivals and departures.

See all the service changes coming in June!

Please note that the info above only captures the major changes this year — there are many smaller adjustments that are going on all over the region!

So for the full information on the June service changes, please visit the Transit Service Changes section of our website.

If you have any questions about your particular trips, feel free to contact our Customer Information line at 604-953-3333.

And please do share this info with anyone who might be affected!


  • By Alex, June 18, 2012 @ 10:11 am

    Correction: the Winter Olympics in Vancouver were in 2010.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano - Buzzer Editor, June 18, 2012 @ 1:41 pm

    Oops. Thanks for the catch!

  • By mike0123, June 18, 2012 @ 7:14 pm

    The detour that the 5 Downtown makes onto Smithe is slow and indirect. Why does the 5 not continue on Robson and turn left onto Burrard? Could the city do anything to make this more direct routing possible? For example, could it add turning restrictions at Robson and Burrard to improve this busy route?

  • By ???, June 18, 2012 @ 11:03 pm

    I disagree. On busy weekends, I found the bus inching Eastbound on Robson until it turns off on Smithe. Once it does this, the bus just speeds along Burrard Northbound.

  • By Alex, June 19, 2012 @ 10:56 am

    The detour could go a bit faster if the overhead trolley wires were improved in some locations. The curve from W/B Pender to S/B Burrard doesn’t follow the path the bus takes when it makes the left turn, and dewirements there are notoriously frequent. The same applies for the turn from S/B Thurlow to E/B Haro. On that route, I have either witnessed a dewirement, or have been stuck on a bus that has dewired, too many times.

  • By everymansoner, June 21, 2012 @ 10:07 pm

    Why do we need some nonsense greenspace on the granville street bridge when granville street is hoppin in the summer? Silly gregor. Spend the money on things that actually matter for once.

  • By Marvin B, June 24, 2012 @ 6:33 pm

    To Alex:

    You are right. I was looking at the overhead wire today W/B Pender to S/B Burrard. The wire curves right over the parking spaces on Burrard. This lane may have been fine during the Olympics (I’m pretty sure this was a bus only lane during this time) but now the way the bus turns to the first available lane, it is too far away and causes the poles of the trolley to be pulled from the wire. I too have been on buses dewiring here. The wire needs to be moved (or longer advanced left turns to allow the driver to make the turn slower and remain safe).

  • By Eric B, June 25, 2012 @ 9:14 am

    @Alex & Marvin:
    If I remember correctly, there was a stop on Burrard southbound at Pender, when the 15 Cambie actually used trolleys. That should explain why the wire is positioned where it is. And there are advanced left turns for both directions on Pender.

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