Free rides on a 1954-built Vancouver trolleybus this week

Aug 15 2018, 9:56 pm

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of Vancouver’s trolleybus network, TransLink will be offering free rides one of the transit system’s oldest remaining and operable trolleybuses.

The 1954-built Canadian Car Bill T-48A trolley bus will be roaming the streets of the city for three days this week starting Thursday. All rides depart from downtown Vancouver.

This specific bus was restored years ago, and its exterior livery is still authentic: It has the BC Hydro logo, as the province’s electric utility was in charge of operating these electric buses decades ago.

Vancouver’s first trolleybuses entered service on August 16, 1948, as part of the plan to decommission the streetcar network and replace it with trolleybuses.

TransLink currently operates 262 trolleybuses built by New Flyer just before the 2010 Olympics.

Beyond this week, the Transit Society Museum of Vancouver will also be operating the bus in the city streets on a few select dates, but these rides will not be free.

Free Vancouver Trolleybus Tour Summer 2018

When and where:

  • Thursday, August 16, noon – 4 pm (departs from Cordova St at Seymour St, approximately every 70 mins.)
  • Saturday, August 18, noon – 4 pm (departs from Cambie St at Hastings St, stop #50410, approximately every 30 mins.)
  • Friday, August 24, noon – 4 pm (departs from Cambie St at Hastings St, stop #50410, approximately every 30 mins.)

Cost: FREE

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