Coast Mountain Bus Company route 7 'Nanaimo Stn / Dunbar'
|Operations||Vancouver Transit Centre|
|Vehicles||NFI E40LFR |
Nova Bus LFS *
Nova Bus LFS HEV *
|Branches||7 Nanaimo Station|
7 To Hastings***
* In the event of a route diversion or bus shortage
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 connecting Nanaimo Station and Dunbar Loop via Downtown Vancouver. Service runs daily every 15–20 minutes, increasing to every 12 minutes during peak hours. It is one of over a dozen routes that form as part of Vancouver's trolleybus network.
Eastbound trips depart Dunbar Loop heading north on Dunbar Street becoming Dunbar Diversion and Alma Street, east on W. 4th Avenue, south on Hemlock Street, east on W. 5th Avenue to access Granville Street heading north and across the Granville Street Bridge. Continuing on Granville Street heading north, then east on W. Cordova Street becoming Powell Street and Dundas Street, south on Nanaimo Street, and east on E. 24th Avenue to Nanaimo Station.
Westbound trips depart Nanaimo Station heading west on E. 24th Avenue, north on Nanaimo Street, west on Dundas Street becoming Powell Street, south on Main Street, west on E. Pender Street, south on Granville Street and across the Granville Street Bridge, then the West Cloverleaf, north on Fir Street, west on W. 4th Avenue, south on Alma Street becoming Dunbar Diversion and Dunbar Street to Dunbar Loop.
On Fridays, weekends/holidays, and days preceding holidays after 9 p.m., there is no service on Granville Street. Eastbound trips use Seymour Street and westbound trips use Howe Street.
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 day departing Nanaimo Station terminates at Dunsmuir Street & Howe Street.
On Fridays in the late evening, one westbound trip runs as 7 Downtown and terminates at Howe Street & Dunsmuir Street, where it continues as a 14 UBC.
Points of Interest
- Dunbar Loop (Bay 6)
- Dunbar Community Centre
- Granville Island
- Granville Entertainment District
- Pacific Centre
- Granville Station
- Vancouver City Centre Station
- Waterfront Station (Bay 4 – Nanaimo Station)
- Chinatown 溫哥華唐人街/華埠
- Oppenheimer Park
- Japantown パウエル街
- East Hastings
- Pandora Park
- John Hendry Park/Trout Lake
- Nanaimo Station (Bay 3)
Main article: Trolleybuses in Vancouver
The 7 trolleybus route has been altered several times over the decades. Originally introduced in 1951, the trolleybus route replaced portions of the former streetcar service 3 Main/7 Dunbar. In October 1952 as part of a numbering of bus routes in the system, the Dunbar trolleybus route was numbered to 7 Dunbar and was interlined with the 17 Oak. In 1983, the 7 was revised to run as the 7 Dunbar/12 Powell after a trolleybus network restructure and its eastern terminus revised to Eton & Renfrew. Five years later in 1988, the 7 would be revised to terminate at Nanaimo Station as its routing is restructured again.
The following are routes that were once part of the 7's routing:
- 4 Powell/UBC
- 10 Granville/Downtown (as the 10 Tenth and as 14 Hastings)
- 16 29th Avenue Station/Arbutus
- 17 Oak/Downtown
- 1951 - Service introduced as Dunbar, replacing the streetcar portions of the 3 Main/7 Dunbar
- October 1952 - Service numbered 7 and operated as 7 Dunbar/17 Oak
- April 1957 - Interlining with the 17 Oak ends and begins with the 10 Tenth, 14 Hastings and 16 Renfrew. From Kingsway & Earles, service ran as 7 Dunbar to Dunbar Loop. Return trips ran as 14 Hastings to Kootenay Loop or 16 Renfrew to Kingsway & Earles
- March 1983 - Service revised to run as 7 Dunbar/12 Powell after merging with parts of the 7 Dunbar/18 Arbutus/Hastings Express and 11 Stanley Park/12 Powell/24 Nanaimo
- 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, replacing the Nanaimo Street portion of the 4 Nanaimo Station/Blanca
- 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 the construction of the Carrall Street Greenway
- September 2010 - Service revised to operate along Granville Street with the completion of the Canada Line
- April 2013 - Trolleybuses 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 - Trolleybuses 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 trolleybuses after the relevant upgrades at Nanaimo Station were completed and layovers reverted back to Nanaimo Station
- January 17, 2022 - Bus stop balancing begins with the construction of bus bulbs at select stops and the removal of 19 eastbound and 15 westbound redundant stops. No stops to be removed in the downtown core as part of this portion of the project
- Dunbar Street/W. 4th Avenue corridor: Removal of 18 stops and introduction of seven new/consolidated stops
- East Vancouver: Removal of 16 stops and introduction of one new/consolidated stop
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