Waiting in the rain is now a thing of the past at the 99 B-Line’s busy westbound bus stop at Commercial-Broadway Station.
The canopy covers the area from the curb to the overhang of the Shoppers Drug Mart building, and according to the public transit authority it is large enough to cover about 160 passengers from the weather.
There is also a clear queuing system painted onto the sidewalk that demarcates and labels three separate queue lines for the front door, middle door, and back door of the articulated buses. No seats are included in the shelter’s design given how crowded the area can become, but there are several leaning posts for queuing passengers to use.
The new bus shelter officially opened today, but it is already damaged with several graffiti marks on the posts.
Based on TransLink’s recently released performance data, 17.42 million boardings were recorded on Metro Vancouver’s busiest bus route last year – up by 400,000 boardings compared to 2016. That is an average of 56,580 boardings per weekday.
The 99 B-Line’s westbound bus stop is also the busiest bus stop in the region with an average boarding of 6,877 per weekday. The route’s eastbound bus stop at the UBC bus exchange is the region’s second busiest bus stop with an 6,202 boardings per weekday on average.
The new bus shelter is part of the $60-million project to retrofit Commercial-Broadway Station. It includes a new secondary pedestrian footbridge over Broadway to provide a seamless connection between the Expo and Millennium lines, a widened footbridge over the Grandview Cut, and a fifth platform for the Expo Line’s inbound direction into downtown Vancouver.
The project was scheduled for a full completion this summer, but it was recently pushed to the fall. Here are some recent photos of the construction progress on the new overpass and fifth platform: