Vancouver transit commuters take note — TransLink’s new rapid bus service is set to launch Monday.
RapidBus, which the transit authority says is part of the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation’s 10-Year vision, promises faster trips and less waiting on several routes around the region, including the new R4 41st Ave. (Joyce Station/UBC) and the R5 Hastings St. (Burrard Station/SFU) routes in Vancouver.
R1 King George Blvd (Guildford Exchange/Newton Exchange)
- Eight-minute service during peak hours
R3 Lougheed Hwy (Coquitlam Central Station/Haney Place)
- 10-minute service during peak hours
R4 41st Ave (Joyce Station/UBC)
- Three to six-minute service during peak hours
R5 Hastings St (Burrard Station/SFU)
- Four to five-minute service during peak hours
Outside of peak hours, all RapidBus routes will have service every 15 minutes, or better, from 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week. In addition, TransLink notes there will also be adjustments to some Metro Vancouver bus routes in order to make the bus system more efficient.
Other key changes
14 Hastings/UBC and N17 Downtown/UBC
- 24-hour service with the 14 and N17 between Downtown and UBC
- 14 runs from 3:30 a.m. all day until 1:30 a.m.
- N17 runs from 1:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m.
41 Joyce Station/Crown
- New terminus at Crown Street, instead of UBC Bus Exchange
- 15-minute service every day during service hours
43 Joyce Station/UBC
- Service replaced by R4 RapidBus
- Will run peak hours only
- For faster service between Bridgeport and UBC, customers can take the Canada Line and the R4 RapidBus connecting with Oakridge Station