It's official: The Vine, the first bus rapid transit system in the Portland-Vancouver region, will begin service on Sunday, January 8, 2017.
C-TRAN will celebrate the new system with a grand opening event on Saturday, January 7 from 12:30–3 PM. The community gathering will include food, giveaways, family-friendly games and free rides on The Vine's 60-foot buses.
The Vine represents a new type of public transportation system for Vancouver. Larger, articulated buses, raised boarding platforms, new traffic signal technology and other ingredients combine to form a system that's more efficient and reliable than regular bus service. The Vine will travel between downtown Vancouver and the Vancouver Mall, primarily along the city's Fourth Plain corridor—C-TRAN's busiest in terms of ridership. The Vine will replace C-TRAN's existing Route 4 with a service that offers better frequency with a lower operating cost.
Opening The Vine culminates a five-year process that began with planning and analysis in 2011. The concept evolved as residents, businesses and other community members weighed in. Construction kicked off with a ground-breaking ceremony at Turtle Place in August 2015. For now, work continues along the corridor and at the new Vancouver Mall Transit Center, but will wind down before the end of 2016.
About the Agency
C-TRAN is the regional public transportation provider for portions of Clark County. It offers local bus service within its Clark County service area, Limited bus service to the nearest MAX light rail station, and Express commuter service to downtown Portland. It also provides Connector service within the city limits of Camas, La Center, and Ridgefield. For more information on C-TRAN please visit C-TRAN’s Web site at www.c-tran.com, or call Customer Service at (360) 695-0123.
Contact: Christine Selk, Communication and Public Affairs Manager/PIO
(360) 906-7314 Office
(360) 619-8742 Cell