TransLink launches new NightBus pilot project

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TransLink announced Monday the establishment of a new NightBus hub at Granville and West Georgia. Photo courtesy TransLink

Getting out of downtown Vancouver after a night out just got easier with the launch of a new pilot project.

TransLink announced Monday the establishment of a new NightBus District pilot project. All NightBus routes that connect the downtown core with destinations across the Lower Mainland will now start at a new, well-lit hub at the corner of Granville and West Georgia streets.

The pilot project was inspired by feedback from TransLink’s late night stakeholder committee, which has been discussing late night transit services for workers and patrons in the downtown entertainment district.

“Improving access and awareness for TransLink’s night bus network is a great step in the process to improve transportation services that support Downtown Vancouver’s thriving nightlife,” Charles Gauthier, president and CEO of the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association, said in a press release.

TransLink’s 10 NightBus routes run seven days a week and pick up passengers throughout the downtown core with service to several points throughout Vancouver, Burnaby and SFU, Coquitlam, North Vancouver, Richmond and the airport, Surrey and UBC.

Three of the routes closely follow the same routes as the Expo, Millennium and Canada Line SkyTrain lines with last bus departure times ranging from 3:09 a.m. to 5:09 a.m., depending on the route. All of the routes will stop at Granville and Georgie every 20 to 30 minutes. NightBus stops are indicated by a crescent moon symbol.

“Making sure that people have a safe way home at the end of the night is a key part of building a vibrant city,” Mayor Gregor Robertson said. “I’m pleased to see TransLink working to provide new transportation solutions for Vancouver residents and visitors who want a convenient and safe way to get home after enjoying our lively entertainment district.”

For more information on NightBus routes visit translink.ca/nightbus.

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