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PNE Fair: More transit service to get you there!

Grey Cup at Empire Stadium in 1966

Trolleybuses line up along Hastings Street, near Empire Stadium, ready to carry spectators home after the Grey Cup in 1966. (Photo: Angus McIntyre)

Whether it’s sports games, concerts or a night out — no matter the event — we’re here to get you where you need to be and back home again.

Throughout the year we boost transit service to events such as the Celebration of Light, Canada Day celebrations, Vancouver Marathon, and even the Jay-Z and Beyonce concert at BC Place.

The PNE Fair is no different. And we’ve been doing it for more than 50 years!

Look out for the special buses every day of the PNE Fair, August 17 to September 2 (closed Mondays, except Labour Day) departing from Phibbs Exchange, 29th Avenue Station and Renfrew Station:

  • The 16 PNE special runs between the Expo Line’s 29th Avenue Station, the Millennium Line’s Renfrew Station and the Pacific Coliseum. Along this corridor, the extra service provides an additional 4-5 buses per hour between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 a.m.
  • The 210 PNE special runs between Phibbs Exchange and the Pacific Coliseum. Along this corridor, the extra provides an additional two buses per hour between 10 a.m. and midnight.

This is in addition to the usual transit service in the area, which includes the 14, 16, 95 B-Line, 210 and 211.

The PNE Fair’s main entrance is located at the corner of Renfrew Street and Hastings Street in Vancouver.

PNE Parade day with drivers riding the bumper to detour trolleys

Between 1935 and 1995, the PNE’s parade was one of the largest events in Vancouver. In this photo from 1974, a transit operator is pictured switching the trolley poles’ wires at Hastings Street and Commercial Drive so the bus can detour for the parade. (Photo: Angus McIntyre).

P.N.E. Parade detours, Commercial and Hastings. Note price of gas in mid-1970s. 80.9 cents per imperial gallon, would be about 17 cents per litre.

A trolleybus detours with a transit operator’s help at Commercial Drive and Hastings Street in the mid-1970s for the PNE Parade. (Photo: Angus McIntyre)


  • By Ed P from Victoria BC, August 13, 2019 @ 12:48 pm

    I love the pictures of the transit operators riding the bumpers to shift the trolley poles – WorkSafe would have a fit if you tried this today.

    I remember waiting for a bus on Granville Street when one of those buses stopped with its pole right on an insulator. An old guy, who said he was a retired streetcar motorman (really!) exhorted me to help him push the loaded bus and the two of us were able to move it enough to get to the live wire. Good times!

  • By ANIRUDH, August 17, 2019 @ 6:19 am

    how risky is this.. the transit operators riding the bumpers

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