Coast Mountain Bus Company route 7 'Nanaimo Stn / Dunbar'
|Operations||Vancouver Transit Centre|
|Vehicles||NFI E40LFR |
Nova Bus LFS (occasionally)
Nova Bus LFS HEV (occasionally)
|Branches||7 Nanaimo Station|
7 To Hastings (few trips)
7 Downtown (late night trips)
7 Nanaimo Station/Dunbar is a bus route operated by Coast Mountain Bus Company in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
This is an east-west route servicing the neighbourhoods of Renfrew Heights, Hastings-Sunrise, Hastings East, Downtown, Kitsilano and Dunbar.
The route leaves Dunbar Loop taking Dunbar Street northbound and uses Dunbar Diversion to access Alma Street. It turns eastbound on West 4th Avenue at Alma and then uses Hemlock and 5th Avenue to loop onto Granville Street and the Granville Street Bridge. It exits the bridge and continues northbound along Granville to take Cordova using Cordova Diversion to acccess Powell Street and then Dundas Street. It turns onto Nanaimo from Dundas southbound and continues until reaching Nanaimo Station on Nanaimo at 24th Avenue.
Westbound trips use Nanaimo, Dundas, Powell until Main Street, West Pender into Downtown and then Granville to get onto Granville Bridge. It loops onto 4th Avenue from Granville Bridge via West Cloverleaf and Fir Street.
Service in Downtown Vancouver will continue to route via Seymour Street and Howe Street instead of Granville on weekends, holidays, days preceding holidays and Fridays after 9pm when Granville Street access is restricted to pedestrians only.
The first trip departing Nanaimo Station on weekdays and Saturdays terminates at E. Hastings Street & Nanaimo Street and becomes a 16 29th Avenue Station, while the last trip of the evening departing Nanaimo Station terminates at Dunsmuir Street & Howe Street.
Points of Interest
- Dunbar Loop
- Dunbar Community Centre
- Granville Island
- Granville Entertainment District
- Pacific Centre
- Granville Station
- Vancouver City Centre Station
- Waterfront Station
- Oppenheimer Park/Little Toyko
- East Hastings
- Pandora Park
- John Hendry Park/Trout Lake
- Nanaimo Station (Bay 3)
- March 1986 - Route renumbered to 7 in both directions from 7 Dunbar and 12 Powell
- September 1988 - Eastern terminus moved to Nanaimo Station from Eton & N. Renfrew
- April 1997 - Downtown terminus revised to Pender at Homer Street
- July 2000 - Routing detoured off Nanaimo Street and onto Grandview Highway South, Victoria, Broadway, Nanaimo, then regular route in both directions due to the closing of Nanaimo Street and Lakewood Drive bridges over Grandview Cut for reconstruction
- April 2006 - Service rerouted due to construction of the Canada Line; service to travel along Seymour northbound and Howe southbound instead of Granville Street
- December 2007 - Service becomes accessible and bike rack equipped with New Flyer Industries E40LFR low-floor trolleys
- June 2008 - Service revised to route via Main Street between Cordova and Pender instead of Carrall due to construction of the Carrall Street Greenway
- September 2010 - Service revised to operate along Granville Street with the completion of the Canada Line
- April 2013 - Trolley buses replaced by diesel and hybrid buses due to construction of Powell Street overpass
- June 2013 - Route revised to use Hastings between Clark and Granville due to closure of Powell Street
- September 2013 - Detour route revised to only use Hastings between Heatley and Clark, service west of Heatley reverted to regular route on Powell/Cordova and Pender
- December 2018 - Trolley buses replaced by diesel and hybrid conventional buses due to Nanaimo Station bus loop upgrades; buses revised to temporarily layover at 29th Avenue Station
- June 2019 - Operations changed back to trolley buses after the relevant upgrades at Nanaimo Station completed and layovers reverted back to Nanaimo Station
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