3 LGBTQ-themed TransLink buses launched for Vancouver Pride

Aug 1 2019, 8:45 pm

A Pride Bus is now hitting the roads and serving public transit riders in Vancouver, just in time for this weekend’s Vancouver Pride celebrations.

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TransLink announced today it has wrapped three articulated buses with base colours of bright pink, purple, and blue wraps, complete with giant rainbow-coloured overlay lettering that spells out ‘PRIDE’. The pink bus is now in service on routes that use the long articulated buses, and the other two buses will enter service later this month.

The buses celebrate the LGBTQ community, and the pink bus will also be featured in the public transit authority’s entry in the Vancouver Pride Parade this Sunday.

“The Vancouver Pride Society and TransLink have worked together for many years to ensure everyone has a safe, convenient, and reliable way to get to and from pride celebrations,” said Andrea Arnot, executive director of the Vancouver Pride Society (VPS), in a statement.

“The Vancouver Pride Society is thrilled that TransLink will be shining its brightest colours at this year’s pride parade and has a more fully integrated partnership with VPS.”

TransLink Vancouver Pride bus. (TransLink)

TransLink Vancouver Pride bus. (TransLink)

In addition to the symbolic gesture, TransLink says it will be increasing Expo Line and Millennium Line service between 8:30 am and 3 pm on Sunday to provide the additional capacity needed for those attending and participating in the parade.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to line the 20-block-long parade route through downtown Vancouver’s West End.

Additionally, there will also be a special bus shuttle service between Waterfront Station and the intersection of Beach Street and Jervis Street in the West End to help people with mobility issues reach the parade viewing area. The limited service will depart Waterfront Station at 9:40 am, 10:25 am, and 11:10 am, and return shuttles will depart the West End every hour from 4 to 6 pm.

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