Improved connections between West End and Downtown
Media release from Translink:
A bus route altered prior to the 2010 Winter Olympics will return to its original design as of Monday, September 5, as the #5 Robson/Downtown and N6 Davie NightBus resume service along Robson between Seymour and Burrard Streets.
During the Olympics, Robson Square was turned into a pedestrian gathering place, and this was followed by the Robson Square Mound Rehabilitation Project. The intention has always been to resume bus service through that stretch.
Running the #5 and N6 end to end will enable West End residents, many of whom are seniors, to connect more readily with the downtown core and transfer to other services such as north-south bus routes and all three SkyTrain lines (at Vancouver City Centre and Granville Stations). (Regular users of the #5 who are accustomed to transferring to and from SkyTrain at Burrard Station should be aware that it will no longer stop there.)
This change to the #5 route will bring service that is more direct; but it will not mean a change in frequency: the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation is currently deliberating a proposal to increase the funding available to TransLink to allow for the addition of more service hours. In the mean time, TransLink’s Service Optimization Initiative is re-allocating resources from under-performing routes towards routes and times of day that are under-served in order to provide more service within the same “envelope”. Public meetings will be held around Metro Vancouver, with an opportunity to learn about the budget supplement and the projects it would provide and discuss it with TransLink CEO Ian Jarvis. They will be held:
Wed. Sept. 7, Lonsdale Quay Hotel, North Vancouver, 6:30-8:30 pm
Thurs. Sept. 8, Holiday Inn Metrotown, Burnaby, 6:30-8:30 pm
Wed. Sept. 14, Guildford Recreation Centre, Surrey, 6:30-8:30 pm
Thurs. Sept. 15, Evergreen Cultural Centre, Coquitlam, 6:30-8:30 pm
For more details, please visitTranslink info