Coast Mountain Bus Company route 5 'Robson / Downtown'
|Termini||Davie Street at Denman Street|
Cambie Street at Dunsmuir Street
|Operations||Vancouver Transit Centre|
|Vehicles||NFI E40LFR |
Nova Bus LFS *
Nova Bus LFS HEV *
* In the event of a route diversion or bus shortage
5 Robson/Downtown is a bus route operated by Coast Mountain Bus Company in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
This is an east-west circular route combined with the 6 Davie/Downtown, connecting Downtown Vancouver and the West End running primarily on Robson Street. This route is the northern half of the circular service. Service runs daily every 10 minutes, increasing to every 5–6 minutes during peak hours. It is a Frequent Transit Network (FTN) route with service 15 minutes or better for 15 hours or more, seven days a week. It is one of over a dozen routes that form as part of Vancouver's trolleybus network.
Eastbound trips depart from Davie Street & Denman Street coming off a 6 Davie heading west on Davie Street, north on Denman Street, east on Robson Street, north on Burrard Street, east on W. Pender Street, and south on Cambie Street to Cambie Street & Dunsmuir Street.
Westbound trips depart from Cambie Street & Dunsmuir Street heading north on Cambie Street, west on W. Pender Street, south on Burrard Street, west on Robson Street, south on Denman Street, and east on Davie Street to Davie Street & Denman Street where it continues as a 6 Downtown.
Some late-night eastbound trips short-turn at Burrard Station. Some early morning trips start at Richards Street & W. Hastings Street and head south on Richards, west on W. Pender Street and then the regular westbound route. One westbound trip on early Sunday/holiday mornings starts at Robson Street & Burrard Street.
Points of Interest
- Davie Village
- West End Community Centre
- King George Secondary School
- Robson Street Shopping District
- Burrard Station (Bay 1 – Robson) (Bay 7 – Downtown)
- Stadium–Chinatown Station
Main article: Trolleybuses in Vancouver
The service was introduced on October 16, 1948, to replace the former streetcar service. However, a temporary bus service ran through the West End during a transitional period from streetcar to trolleybus. The streetcar service replaced was the 5 Robson–Broadway East, running from English Bay to Commercial & Broadway. In October 1952 as part of an assignment of route numbers to bus services, the route was assigned and named 2 Broadway East/5 Robson until the 5 route was split off to join the 3 Main as 3 Main/5 Robson in 1953.
Portions of the following routes were at one point part of the 5:
From 2003–2016, there was a NightBus component to the 5 that ran as the N6 West End/Downtown NightBus.
Below is the history of the current iteration of the 5 route. For more details on the 6 before September 1997 and the former Main Street portion of the route, see the 3 Main/Downtown.
- April 1997 - Service proposed to help improve the reliability of West End bus services and to provide a direct connection between the West End and the entertainment district near the stadiums and main library
- September 1997 - Service introduced as the Robson portion of the 3 Main/Robson is split off
- October 2001 - Downtown terminus revised to Waterfront Station instead of Robson Street & Hamilton Street due to low ridership and funding shortfall. Service on Pender Street, Cambie Street, Robson Street and Hamilton Street (Vancouver Public Library) discontinued. Late night Owl Service after 1:40 a.m. discontinued
- April 2006 - Along with the 6 Davie/Downtown, the route becomes the first accessible trolley route in the system, using New Flyer E40LFRs. Service rerouted due to the construction of the Canada Line and is revised to operate northbound along Seymour and southbound along Richards in lieu of service along Granville Street
- April 2007 - Route made fully accessible
- February 2010 - Route detoured due to the Olympics and the closing of Robson Street between Howe and Hornby with the Robson Square Mound Remediation Project; route revised to operate eastbound along Robson until Thurlow, Thurlow, Barclay/Smithe Diversion onto Burrard Street, Pender to Homer, a loop around Homer, Hastings and Richards back to Pender and then return service along Pender Street and Burrard back to Robson and its regular route
- March 1–21, 2010 - Vancouver 2010 Paralympic service: Due to the zip-line and other Olympic/Paralympic festivities at Robson Square, eastbound trips revised to go via Robson, Thurlow, Smithe, Burrard, Pender, Homer and Hastings. Westbound trips revised to go via Richards, Pender, Burrard, Robson
- September 2016 - 800 Robson at Robson Square permanently closed to traffic, service re-routed from Robson and Burrard via Burrard, Pender, Homer, and Hastings to Richards Street 
- December 2016 - Eastern terminus moved to Cambie at Dunsmuir from Waterfront Station following simplifications and extension of the 6 to Yaletown–Roundhouse Station and merging of C21 and C23 service. Service on Granville Street discontinued
- January 2022 - COVID-19 service adjustment: AM peak hour service reduced from every 5–10 minutes to every 6–12 minutes and weekday late-morning service reduced from every 6–10 minutes to every 10 minutes. PM peak hour service reduced from every 5–8 minutes to every 6–8 minutes
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- The Buzzer August 8, 1997 Issue translink.ca, retrieved 03-09-2010
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- The Buzzer December 16, 2016 Issue, retrieved 19-01-2017