It’s been nearly four years since the first Vine buses began rolling up and down Fourth Plain Boulevard, marking C-Tran’s first foray into the world of Bus Rapid Transit.
The line has been running solo so far, but not for much longer; construction of a second BRT line on Mill Plain Boulevard is tentatively set to begin next year.
The new line will run along a 10-mile stretch of Mill Plain Boulevard, from downtown Vancouver to the future Mill Plain Transit Center near the Columbia Tech Center in east Vancouver, forming an express link between Clark County’s two biggest employment areas.
“It’s going to have a huge impact in connecting west Vancouver with east Vancouver,” said Chad Eiken, Vancouver’s community and economic development director.
Both BRT projects trace their origins to a Clark County High Capacity Transit System Study completed in 2008 by the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council. The study identified three primary corridors as candidates for BRT lines: Highway 99, Mill Plain Boulevard and Fourth Plain Boulevard.