Starting this Saturday, Nov. 8, Vancouver transit riders will be able to ride COPE’s Free Bus along Broadway Corridor and through the Downtown peninsula.
"One of our transit policy priorities is to work with TransLink and Coast Mountain Bus Company to get a Free Bus running on an inner city loop linking Broadway and Downtown," said COPE council candidate Ellen Woodsworth. "Starting this Saturday, and running next week, people in Vancouver will have a chance of seeing how a free bus service would work."
The big, red, double decker Free Bus will stop at clearly marked bus stops on a clockwise route running west on Broadway from Clark to Burrard St., then North on Burrard to Pender, East to Main, South to Great Northern Way and VCC, East to Clark, and then back South to Broadway. People can board the free service at any stop along the route.
The Free Bus is scheduled to run from 10 am to 1 pm on Saturday, Nov. 8, Wed, Nov. 12, Thurs, Nov. 13 and Fri, Nov. 14.
In the afternoon, the Free Bus will visit neighborhoods across Vancouver while local musicians play on the top deck. This Saturday will feature The Modellos playing at 1:30 pm while the Free Bus stops at Grandview Park on Commercial Drive.
"Our transit system is broken. We are short on buses, short on frequent service and short on sustainable funding," said COPE Cllr David Cadman. "I have heard from voters how important transit service is to them. COPE is committed to fixing the transit system and to putting more buses on the road now."
In addition to the Free Bus service, COPE’s transit priorities include:
-Call for an immediate increase of bus service in Vancouver.
-Advocate for ongoing sustainable investment in transit infrastructure with a comprehensive financing formula.
-Work with TransLink to implement a student U-pass system for all Metro Vancouver post secondary students similar to that currently in place for students at UBC and SFU.
-Demand that TransLink to create a fare review process that includes an advisory panel of users groups, community organizations, transit operators and other stakeholders in determining fare rates.