If you’ve been in the neighbourhood of UBC Exchange as of late, you’ll likely have noticed some big changes. TransLink and the University of British Columbia joined forces to deliver a massive overhaul of this vital transit exchange that serves not only the students, but also the growing community of the University Endowment Lands.
The upgraded UBC Exchange is conveniently located near the new student Exchange Residences and Aquatics Centre, with improved safety and comfort for customers.
- Improvements include:
- An updated design with upgraded shelters and additional lighting
- A queuing system for 99 B-Line passengers
- New pavement and landscaping throughout the exchange
- A new layout to improve bus operation and pedestrian flow
- A new bus operators’ facility
Did you know?
The original UBC Loop was opened in September 1945, making it the second oldest bus loop in the region (after Marpole Loop, which opened in 1905).
A brief history
Since its original opening in 1945, UBC Exchange was re-built in 1988 when trolley wires were extended to provide the loop with trolley-bus service, and again in 2003 to continue supporting the needs of the community and university.
Today, UBC exchange serves half of the region’s top ten busiest bus routes, including the 99 B-Line, which saw over 17 million boardings in 2018, making it the busiest bus route in all of Canada and the USA!
UBC is consistently ranked as among the top 20 public universities in the world and was recently recognized as North America’s most international university. With huge local and international demand for this prestigious school, the need for excellent transit service grows by the day.
We did our best to minimize disruptions throughout the construction process. This couldn’t have been done this without the support and patience of the community. There were many bus stops shifted and traffic implications over the years, but nothing good comes without perseverance! The new exchange is built to meet the needs of customers today and for many years to come.