Coast Mountain Bus Company route 2 'Macdonald / Downtown'
W. 16th Avenue at Carnarvon Street*
|Operations||Vancouver Transit Centre|
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Nova Bus LFS
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* 16th Avenue branch service
2 Macdonald/Downtown is a bus route operated by Coast Mountain Bus Company in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
This is a north-south route running in Vancouver connecting Dunbar Loop and Downtown Vancouver via Kitsilano, with a branch service to W. 16th Avenue & Carnarvon Street. It is a Frequent Transit Network (FTN) route with service 15 minutes or better for 15 hours or more, seven days a week.
Northbound trips starting at Dunbar Loop head east on W. 41st Avenue, north on MacKenzie Street becoming Quesnel Drive, east on W. King Edward Avenue, north on Macdonald Street becoming Point Grey Road, east on Cornwall Avenue, north on Burrard Street across the Burrard Street Bridge, west on Dunsmuir Street becoming Melville Street and north on Thurlow Street to Thurlow Street & Melville Street where it terminates.
Southbound trips depart from Burrard Station at Thurlow Street & Melville Street heading north on Thurlow Street, east on W. Pender Street, south on Burrard Street and across the Burrard Street Bridge, then west on Cornwall Avenue becoming Point Grey Road becoming Macdonald Street, west on W. King Edward Avenue, south on Quesnel Drive becoming MacKenzie Street, and west on W. 41st Avenue to Dunbar Loop.
Service in both directions between Burrard and Waterfront stations run as a direct, non-stop express.
Southbound trips alternate between the Macdonald routing to Dunbar Loop and the 16th Avenue routing to W. 16th Avenue & Carnarvon Street. On weekdays, there is no evening service on the 16th Avenue branch. Trips running on the 16th Avenue branch operate as 2 Macdonald–16th and travel an alternate route beyond Macdonald Street & W. 16th Avenue.
Northbound trips on this branch start from W. 16th Avenue & Carnarvon Street head east on W. 16th Avenue to Macdonald Street, then north on Macdonald Street, where it continues the regular routing to downtown.
Southbound trips on this branch depart from Burrard Station travelling via the regular route until Macdonald Street & W. 16th Avenue, where it heads west on W. 16th Avenue to W. 16th Avenue & Trutch Street where it does a U-turn and heads east on W. 16th Avenue to Carnarvon Street.
Points of Interest
- Burrard Station (Bays 1 & 4 – Macdonald) (Bay 7 – Downtown)
- Hotel Vancouver
- Robson Street Shopping District
- St. Paul's Hospital
- Burrard Street Bridge
- Vanier Park
- Space Centre
- Kitsilano Beach & Pool/Community Centre
- Carnarvon Park
- Dunbar Loop (Bay 2)
This section is only focused on the history of the current 2 route. For the history of the former 2, see the next section below. The current 2 was introduced in June 1997 after being discontinued in April 1997 and ran in different parts of Vancouver.
- April 1997 - Portions of the 2 proposed as a new bus route connecting Yaletown and False Creek North with Downtown Vancouver, potentially involving changes with the 1 Beach/Gastown
- June 1997 - Service introduced as 2 Yaletown/Downtown/Macdonald–16th Avenue, a revised short-turn of 22 Downtown trips extending to Yaletown on weekdays and Saturdays only
- October 2001 - Yaletown portion of the route discontinued due to extremely low ridership and funding shortfall
- September 2002 - Service between Burrard Station and Keefer Street & Taylor Street discontinued due to low ridership
- December 2010 - Sunday and holiday service introduced
- June 2016 - Route extended to Dunbar Loop to replace the 22 during the Burrard Corridor Rehabilitation Project – initially as a temporary measure. Northbound trips renamed from 2 Burrard Station to 2 Downtown. Schedule adjusted to alternate between 16th Avenue short-turns and the former 22 Burrard Station–Dunbar Loop portion
- September 2020 - 23 stops in both directions removed as part of a six-week pilot project for bus stop balancing to improve bus travel times 
- November 2020 - End of bus stop balancing pilot project results in two removed stops being reinstated at Macdonald & W. 13th and the remainder of removed stops permanently removed
- January 2022 - Northern terminus revised from Burrard Station to Waterfront Station. Service on Dunsmuir Street, Melville Street, Thurlow Street, and W. Pender Street between Thurlow and Burrard discontinued
- June 2022 - Service to Waterfront Station discontinued. January 2022 routing changes rolled back and northern terminus reverted back to Burrard Station due to the suspension of Burrard Station upgrade works
2 Park & Ride/Downtown
Prior to the current routing structure of the 2, the route used to be a peak-hour express route connecting Downtown Vancouver and the PNE Park & Ride. The service was introduced around 1970–1971 and ran towards downtown in the morning and the PNE Park & Ride in the afternoon. The purpose of this route was to provide a direct, express connection between the downtown core and commuters from the eastern parts of the Lower Mainland who would park their vehicles at the PNE Park & Ride – which was the closest Park & Ride facility to downtown in Vancouver – as direct bus service between downtown and the eastern suburbs was limited at the time. The service often saw low ridership due to competition with other express and local routes that ran along the Hastings corridor.
At the time when the service was discontinued, it ran every 12 minutes.
Below is a timeline of the significant changes to the 2 Park & Ride/Downtown route:
- 1970–1971 - Service introduced as 2 Park & Ride/Downtown, running from PNE Park & Ride to Hornby Street & Beach Avenue during peak hours only
- April 1981 - Service revised to interline with the 22 Macdonald–16th Avenue. Westbound routing revised to take Hastings, Carrall, Pender, Burrard instead of continuing on Hastings Street
- May 1996 - Service discontinued
- June 1996 - Service cancellation reverted and trips revised to interline with the 1 Beach/Gastown and western terminus moved to Waterfront Station
- April 1997 - Service discontinued due to low ridership and service duplication by Hastings Street suburban bus services
June 2016 Service Change
Prior to the June 2016 service changes, the 2 ran as 2 Macdonald–16th Avenue/Burrard Station. Service ran every 15 minutes daily, increasing to every 10 minutes during peak hours with no early morning or late-night service. There was also no evening service on Sundays/holidays. From Burrard Station to Macdonald Street & W. 16th Avenue, the 2 ran in tandem with the 22 Knight/Macdonald and shared the same stops and routing. This operation arrangement was due to the fact that a significant portion of the 2 is actually a former branch of the 22, as prior to the June 1997 service change there was a 22 Macdonald–16th Avenue service.
Due to the Burrard Corridor Rehabilitation Project, which involved extensive work on the Burrard Street Bridge, it was decided that the 22 would be shortened to Burrard Station and run instead as 22 Knight/Downtown. The 2 would replace the portion of the 22 between Burrard Station and Dunbar Loop. This was done to ensure a consistent operation and minimal delays to the 22. The schedule for the 2 was adjusted to have earlier and later trips daily and to alternate between the 16th Avenue routing and the former 22's Dunbar Loop routing. The branches of the 2 were also renamed from 2 Burrard Station to 2 Downtown (despite no changes in the northern terminus) and the 16th Avenue service was renamed from 2 Macdonald–16th Avenue to 2 Macdonald–16th for sign simplification purposes.
This change when initially announced was to be a temporary measure until the completion of the Burrard Corridor Rehabilitation project. It has since become a permanent change as no updates were given when construction work was complete on the future state of the 2 and 22 routes.
January 2022 Service Change
As part of the Burrard Station upgrades that are scheduled to begin in 2022 that involve a full closure of the station for two years, the 2 was extended from Burrard Station to Waterfront Station to provide a direct, frequent and consistent bus connection to SkyTrain at Waterfront Station. When the details of the Burrard Station upgrades were first announced in early 2021, it was already proposed that a direct bus service would run between Waterfront and Burrard to maintain SkyTrain access. However, the details at the time did not indicate if it would be a shuttle service or an extension of an existing route.
This change was first announced in an internal memo in October 2021 and a public announcement in December. However, it was not clear if this extension would be a temporary measure or a permanent change even when the construction work at Burrard is completed during both announcements.
In March 2022, TransLink announced that the Burrard Station upgrades would be temporarily suspended and the entire project to be rescoped "due to higher than anticipated construction bid prices during the procurement process." It was determined in April that as part of the June 2022 service changes that the 2 would revert back to terminating at Burrard Station as the extension to Waterfront Station was deemed unnecessary now that the project was being suspended.
- The Buzzer February 21, 1997 Issue translink.ca, retrieved 04-01-2022
- The Buzzer June 13, 1997 Issue, translink.ca, retrieved 26-03-2010
- Service Cuts for October 15, 2001 listed by Route Number, translink.bc.ca, retrieved 21-09-2009
- Service Cuts for October 15, 2001 listed by Route Number translink.ca, archived on Web Archive, retrieved 26-02-2021
- The Buzzer December 3, 2010 Issue, translink.ca, retrieved 25-02-2018
- The Buzzer June 17, 2016 Issue, translink.ca, retrieved 27-06-2016
- TransLink speeding up major Vancouver bus route by removing 25% of the stops, dailyhive.com, retrieved 11-5-2020
- The Buzzer April 3, 1981 Issue translink.ca, retrieved 26-04-2020
- The Buzzer March 22, 1996 Issue translink.ca, retrieved 02-05-2020
- The Buzzer June 14, 1996 Issue, translink.ca, retrieved 27-03-2010
- The Buzzer April 4, 1997 Issue, translink.ca, retrieved 25-03-2010
- Burrard Station upgrades rescoped translink.ca, retrieved 25-06-2022