What is the Mill Plain BRT project?
C-TRAN has begun developing its second bus rapid transit system, which will serve Vancouver’s Mill Plain corridor. Bus rapid transit, or BRT, uses a variety of features to move passengers more efficiently and reliably. Those features could include larger buses, improved frequency, transit signal priority, off-board fare payments, level boarding platforms and more.
Is this the same thing that’s operating on Fourth Plain?
Sort of. We expect the Mill Plain BRT system to be another branch of The Vine, which launched on the Fourth Plain corridor in 2017, but it may not be exactly the same. Mill Plain is a different corridor with different characteristics, and we’ll be working closely with residents, businesses and others to make sure the project reflects the needs and the identity of the area it serves.
Why Mill Plain?
After Fourth Plain, Mill Plain is C-TRAN’s second-busiest transit corridor. Route 37, which currently serves Mill Plain, carried more than 767,000 passenger trips in 2017. That strong ridership—and the ability to compete for federal funding—make Mill Plain the next logical step for BRT in Clark County right now.
Where will it go?
The Mill Plain BRT project will likely extend west into downtown Vancouver. To the east, there are two options: Extend the system to 164th Avenue and Fisher’s Landing Transit Center, or extend it all the way to 192nd Avenue. That decision will be made during the planning process in part based on what we hear from you, the public, and other project stakeholders.
What about Highway 99?
While Highway 99 has been identified as a possible future BRT corridor, we’re not there yet. But C-TRAN will continue to look for other ways to improve transit service along Highway 99, such as traffic signal technology, which has improved travel times on that and other routes in recent years.
How much will the Mill Plain BRT project cost?
Until we decide the scope – and length – of the project, we don’t know the exact cost. C-TRAN will work with the Federal Transit Administration to ensure that the project is eligible for a major grant, and we’ll seek other funding sources as well. And we can say this: C-TRAN operates debt-free, and that won’t change with this project.
Will it cost more for me to ride?
Nope. Passengers riding BRT on Mill Plain will pay a regular Local fare, just like they do on The Vine on Fourth Plain.
When does it open?
The system is tentatively scheduled to open in 2023. Stay tuned!