Coast Mountain Bus Company route 9 'Boundary / Commercial-Broadway Station / Granville / Alma / UBC'
University Endowment Lands
W. Broadway at Alma Street
W. 10th Avenue at Fir Street*
University of British Columbia***
|Operations||Vancouver Transit Centre|
|Vehicles||Nova Bus LFS |
Nova Bus LFS HEV
9 To Granville*
9 Commercial–Broadway Station**
9 To Oak!
9 To Main#
* Westbound short-turn service terminating at W. 10th Avenue & Fir Street. Trips returning to VTC terminate at Granville Street & W. Broadway
9 Boundary/Alma is a bus route operated by Coast Mountain Bus Company in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
This is an east-west route running in Vancouver along Broadway, connecting W. Broadway & Alma Street in the west and Boundary Loop in the east. The busiest and most frequent section is between Commercial–Broadway Station and W. Broadway & Granville Street where a short-turn service runs. Select peak hour trips from September to May extend to the University of British Columbia when it is in session. It is a Frequent Transit Network (FTN) route with service 15 minutes or better for 15 hours or more, seven days a week.
Eastbound trips depart from W. Broadway & Alma Street heading east on Broadway becoming Lougheed Highway to Boundary Loop.
Westbound trips depart Boundary Loop heading west on Lougheed Highway becoming Broadway, south on Alma Street, west on W. 10th Avenue, north on Highbury Street, and east on W. Broadway to its terminus at W. Broadway & Alma Street.
Eastbound short-turn service departs from W. 10th Avenue & Fir Street heading west on W. 10th, north on Fir Street, east on W. Broadway, north on Commercial Drive, and east on N. Grandview Highway to Commercial–Broadway Station.
Westbound short-turn service departs from Commercial–Broadway Station heading east on N. Grandview Highway, west on E. Broadway, south on Granville Street, and west on W. 10th Avenue to W. 10th & Fir Street.
From September to May when UBC is in session, select peak hour trips are extended to UBC by continuing on W. 10th Avenue, becoming University Boulevard to arrive at UBC. Most UBC trips run the full route length to Boundary Loop.
On weekday afternoons when school is in session, one westbound trip starts at E. Broadway & Renfrew Street and terminates at W. Broadway & Oak Street.
On Sunday/holiday early mornings, two eastbound trips start at W. 10th Avenue & Fir Street and terminate at E. Broadway & Main Street by routing via regular route, south on Kingsway, and west on W. 10th Avenue and then returning to Alma heading west on W. 10th, north on Main Street, and west on E. Broadway. The first westbound trips on Sundays/holidays start at W. Broadway & Ontario Street with no changes in routing.
Points of Interest
- Boundary Loop
- Vancouver Technical Secondary School
- Commercial–Broadway Station (Bay 1 – Boundary) (Bay 4 – Alma)
- Broadway–City Hall Station
- Vancouver General Hospital
- Kitsilano Neighbourhood
- University Golf Course (UBC trips only)
- Pacific Spirit Regional Park (UBC trips only)
- University of British Columbia (UBC trips only)
- AMS Student Nest (UBC trips only)
- UBC Exchange (Bay 9)
Main article: Trolleybuses in Vancouver
Up until 2020, the 9 was one of over a dozen routes that made up Vancouver's trolleybus network. However, due to the construction of the Broadway Subway, the route was revised to run with diesel buses temporarily until the completion of construction work in 2025.
Trolleybus service along the Broadway corridor was initially only between Commercial Drive and Main Street, replacing a former streetcar route. Introduced as the Broadway East–Robson route in 1949, service ran between Denman Street & Davie Street and Commercial Drive & E. Broadway. When service out to Alma Street was introduced between 1950 and 1951, the service along Broadway ran as two routes: the Broadway East and the Broadway Crosstown. The Broadway East also extended to Renfrew Loop during this time. Route numbers were introduced in October 1952 as well, resulting in the 2 Broadway East and the 9 Broadway Crosstown.
In February 1953, the 2 and the 9 were merged as the 9 Broadway as a diesel service during a transition before the two sections' wires were merged and connected in May 1953.
Below is the history of the current iteration of the 9 route.
- February 1953 - Service introduced as 9 Broadway, initially running between Alma Street & W. Broadway and Commercial Drive & E. Broadway running with diesel buses
- May 1953 - Service revised to run with trolleybuses
- October 1953 - Service extended east from Commercial Drive to Renfrew Street, replacing the Broadway East trolleybus route
- July 1955 - Service extended east from Renfrew Loop to Boundary Loop
- December 1980 - Trolley extension from Boundary Loop to Brentwood Mall proposed
- October 1984 - Brentwood extension trips rebranded from 9 Broadway Extension to 9 Boundary Loop/Brentwood
- June 1987 - Low ridership east of Broadway Station results in every second eastbound trolley to short-turn at Broadway Station instead of Renfrew Loop on weekday
- September 1989 - Weekday service extended to UBC when UBC was in session
- December 1989 - Weekday daytime short-turn trips revised to Broadway Station
- April 1992 - Brentwood extension trips discontinued and replaced by the 109 Brentwood Mall/Boundary Loop
- December 1992 - Weekday short-turn trips extended from Broadway Station to Renfrew Loop
- February 2001 - Renfrew short-turn trips discontinued and revised to continue to Boundary Loop following the closure of Renfrew Loop
- October 2001 - Late-night Owl service cancelled due to funding shortfall
- September 2003 - UBC service reintroduced, running during peak hours after being discontinued in favour of other UBC-bound trolley services
- June 2007 - Route becomes fully accessible with service provided by New Flyer Industries E40LFR trolleys
- May 2020 - Introduction of early morning Sunday/holiday service to Alma starting from E. Broadway & Main Street as early morning Granville short-turn trips are revised to travel the full route
- June 2020 - Broadway Subway construction: Service revised to operate with conventional diesel buses instead of trolleys as wires along significant portions of Broadway are removed
- September 2020 - Discontinuation of all 9 To Oak trips except for the afternoon school special trip. COVID-19 service adjustment: Suspension of peak hour service to UBC
- September 2021 - COVID-19 service adjustment: Peak hour service to UBC reinstated
- January 2022 - COVID-19 service adjustment: Minor changes in frequency on all trips daily
- Weekdays: AM peak hour service reduced from every 4–10 minutes to every 5–12 minutes. Midday service reduced from every 6–9 minutes to every 10 minutes. PM peak hour service reduced from every 4–7 minutes to every 5–8 minutes. Evening service reduced from every 6–7 minutes to every 7–8 minutes
- Weekends/holidays: Afternoon service reduced from every 8–9 minutes to every 8–12 minutes
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