C-TRAN Ready to"Break Ground" for The Vine
VANCOUVER - The public is invited to help C-TRAN launch the construction of its first ever Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project, The Vine. The ground breaking ceremony will be at 4:30pm on Monday, August 24 at Turtle Place Park, in downtown Vancouver (7th Street between Main and Washington). The celebration will include short speeches from dignitaries as well as light refreshments to be provided by local area businesses. C-TRAN Executive Director/ CEO Jeff Hamm explains, "We have worked for four years toward implementing this very important project. We'll take a moment to celebrate, but the real work is just beginning. We want everyone to know that C-TRAN is committed to minimizing potential construction impacts on businesses, property owners, and transit riders throughout the duration of construction."
The Vine, set to open in late 2016, will implement a modern, enhanced transit line along the Fourth Plain and Fort Vancouver Way corridors between downtown Vancouver and Westfield Vancouver Mall. It will provide a unique identity with 34 stations that will offer passengers a safe, secure and reliable transit experience. The buses will be new 60-foot low-floor hybrids with almost twice the passenger capacity of existing buses and will provide level boarding for all passengers. The Vine will operate on 10-minute frequencies much of the day (15 minutes in off-peak periods and on weekends), and include wheelchair self-parking areas, as well as on-board bike racks. Travel time is projected to be reduced by up to 10 minutes each way.
The $53 million project, the largest in C-TRAN's history, will be funded primarily with federal funding (80%); with the remainder coming from the state and C-TRAN. Also, once in service, The Vine will cost less to operate than the service it will replace.
To learn more about The Vine, visit the project website at www.c-tran.com/thevine.