10 busiest bus routes in Metro Vancouver

10 busiest bus routes in Metro Vancouver

2013 Bus Service Performance Review

Region-wide transit use hit another all-time high in 2018 with a 7.1 percent system-wide increase in overall boardings, our biggest ever annual increase!

It’s a well-known fact that Metro Vancouver residents and visitors alike are flocking to the bus system bringing an unprecedented eight per cent growth in annual bus ridership.

We’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 busiest bus routes in Metro Vancouver.


1. 99 Commercial–Broadway/UBC B-Line: 17,414,000 boardings
2. 49 Metrotown Station/Dunbar Loop/UBC: 9,327,000 boardings
3. 20 Victoria/Downtown: 8,718,000 boardings
4. 41 Joyce Station/Crown/UBC: 8,604,000 boardings
5. 25 Brentwood Station/UBC: 8,288,000 boardings
6. 16  29th Avenue Station/Arbutus: 7,910,000 boardings
7. 9 Boundary/Commercial–Broadway Station/Granville/Alma/UBC: 7,396,000 boardings
8. 5/6 Robson/Downtown – Davie/Downtown: 7,182,000 boardings
9. 3 Main/Downtown: 7,004,000 boardings
10. 95 SFU/Burrard Station B-Line: 6,808,000 boardings

The 2018 Transit Service Performance Review (TSPR) measures ridership, cost, reliability, on-time performance and crowding across all transit modes. The findings are an important planning tool that help inform upcoming service change requirements and identify other opportunities to improve service for our customers.


Ridership isn’t all that was growing in 2018. As part of the 10-Year Vision, we increased annual bus service by 75,000 hours, and continue doing so through our quarterly service changes. In fact, thanks in part to the TSPR, we’ve identified 52 routes with overcrowding and are adding service hours to 32 of them during our service change!

Some of the actions we’re taking include:

  • Adding 620,000 bus service hours to improve frequency and increase capacity over the next three years
  • Begin rolling out over 350 additions to the bus fleet, including four electric buses, 32 double-deckers and 56 HandyDART vehicles
  • Adding 56 cars to Expo/Millennium and 24 cars to Canada Line to increase capacity

Get more information, and read the full report online.

Author: Sarah Kertcher