Bus Stop Balancing

Beginning on Monday, January 17, we’re balancing the bus stop spacing on Route 4 UBC/Powell and Route 7 Dunbar/Nanaimo to improve travel times and reliability.

Take the survey below to let us know what you think about the proposals.

Introduction

When bus stops are too close together, customers spend more time waiting. Route 4 and Route 7 have some of the closest stops in the region. Two out of three stops (65%) on Route 4 are only 1 or 2 blocks apart. In a single round-trip, Route 4 makes 121 stops. Similarly, three out of four stops (77%) on

Beginning on Monday, January 17, we’re balancing the bus stop spacing on Route 4 UBC/Powell and Route 7 Dunbar/Nanaimo to improve travel times and reliability.

Take the survey below to let us know what you think about the proposals.

Introduction

When bus stops are too close together, customers spend more time waiting. Route 4 and Route 7 have some of the closest stops in the region. Two out of three stops (65%) on Route 4 are only 1 or 2 blocks apart. In a single round-trip, Route 4 makes 121 stops. Similarly, three out of four stops (77%) on Route 7 are only 1 or 2 blocks apart, with 149 stops per round trip. For the 3.6 million customers who use Route 4 and the 4.9 million customers on Route 7 each year, this means longer, unpredictable travel times.*

*Pre-Covid data

There are two ways we will improve travel times and reliability:

  1. Bus stop balancing means carefully removing or relocating some of the closest bus stops to balance convenient access and travel time.
  2. Bus bulbs are extensions of the sidewalk so that buses don’t have to merge back into traffic.

Benefits and Impacts

Balanced bus stops and bus bulbs mean:

  • Faster and more reliable commutes with round trip savings of 6 minutes per customer
  • Safer and smoother rides
  • More space for community amenities such as wider sidewalks, patio seating, bike racks, or loading zones

By removing some bus stops and installing bus bulbs in the busiest areas, customers could save over 6 minutes of travel time on each round trip.

In addition to bus stop balancing and bus bulbs, there are other bus-priority measures that TransLink and the City of Vancouver are considering, to improve the speed and reliability of your journey on Routes 4 and 7 in the future. Your feedback will help determine those locations.

  • We’re balancing bus stops along Routes 4 and 7, and working with the City of Vancouver to add bus priority measures on portions of West 4th Ave to improve bus speeds and reliability, getting you to your destination faster!

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  • Thank you for letting us know what you thought about the changes on Route 17 and Route 25. This survey is now closed and we are reviewing all the public feedback. You can check back soon to find out which bus stops will be reinstated or permanently removed.

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Page last updated: 15 November 2021, 16:45