Much-used 5 Robson service to test improved route around VAG as part of downtown bus service review

Frustrated by downtown bus service and ready to tell the city and Translink where to make improvements?

City bus riders will have a chance to make their suggestions April 2 to 22 as the city and Translink host a series of open houses on the future of downtown bus service. (Details of locations and times have not yet been posted.)

Likely of significant interest is a trial of a new route on the 5 Robson.

Closure of Robson at Robson Square for the summer VIVA Vancouver celebrations has received generally rave reviews except from disgruntled riders on the 5 Robson, who saw their bus sent on a long run-around each summer when the street closed.

That will change this summer as the city and Translink try a new route that will allow left turns from Robson to Burrard, dramatically shortening the detour.

It’s all part of a complete review of downtown bus routes under way in a joint city/Translink project to assess what changes are warranted by the arrival of Canada Line service in the downtown core. City Engineer Peter Judd outlined the program in a memo to council this week.

The conclusions of the study should be reported to council later this year.