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C-TRAN's BRT 'Vine' Sprouts Despite Cold Weather

Despite temperatures that hovered just above freezing, approximately 200 guests helped C-TRAN in Vancouver, WA, launch The Vine, its first BRT service, at a community event Jan. 7 that featured free rides on the service’s 60-foot articulated buses, the first in the agency’s fleet.

“As C-TRAN celebrates the opening of The Vine, and we reflect on the nearly six-year process to bring this project to fruition, we also want to celebrate our customers,” said Jeff Hamm, the agency’s executive director/chief executive officer, at the opening event, which included giveaways, family-friendly games and refreshments.“Our riders are the reason we undertake any project, large or small. The Vine is designed to improve reliability, mobility and capacity on C-TRAN’s busiest corridor, getting people where they need to go quickly and efficiently. We believe it will change the face of public transit in Clark County and the region,” he added.

The Vine’s articulated buses operate on a six-mile route along the system’s highest-ridership corridor, with raised boarding platforms, queue jumps and transit ­signal priority.

Regular Vine service, originally scheduled to begin Jan. 8, was delayed for a day because of severe winter weather. Introducing BRT to service culminates a process that began with planning and analysis in 2011, followed by meetings with residents, businesses and other community members. C-TRAN broke ground for the line in August 2015.

At the grand opening celebration for The Vine, Jeff Hamm, C-TRAN executive director/CEO, and Anne McEnerny-Ogle, chair of the C-TRAN Board of Directors, cut a cake that was an exact replica of a Vine articulated bus—including working headlights.
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