A 99 B-Line bus in the former UBC Loop
|Location||University Endowment Lands
British Columbia, Canada
|Bus operators||Coast Mountain Bus Company|
|Rebuilt||1988, 2003, 2017|
|Previous names||UBC Loop|
UBC Exchange (formerly and commonly known as UBC Loop) is a major public transit exchange point in the University Endowment Lands adjacent to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The first major bus loop located at the University of British Columbia (UBC) opened in September 1945 to serve students, staff, and faculty.
Structure and location
Since 2003, the campus has been served by two temporary loops used by TransLink services travelling to and from UBC: the south loop (used mainly for trolley buses) and the north loop. These temporary loops replaced the old bus loop to make room for a proposed new underground bus loop that was ultimately never built.
The new underground bus loop was slated to be built beside the Student Union Building, on the site of a small mound called the "Grassy Knoll", which was set to be removed to make way for the new loop. This plan was unpopular with a number of UBC students. Several students were arrested after a protest in support of the knoll was shut down by the police in April 2008.
On October 27, 2009, the University announced in an open letter that, because Translink was no longer committing $10 million toward the $50 million underground loop project, a surface loop would be built instead.
On July 9, 2014, it was announced that due to construction of the new UBC Aquatic Centre starting on MacInnes Field, pedestrian and cyclist access to the bus loop would be restricted, and several stops would be temporarily moved. It is estimated the construction will be completed in 2016.
As of March 6, 2017[update], all diesel bus stops in the former north loop have been relocated to Wesbrook Mall due to the construction of the new UBC Exchange. Construction is expected to be completed by September 2019.
The following routes terminate at UBC Exchange. Routes highlighted in green are express/limited-stop.
North bus loop
Due to construction adjacent to the bus loop, assignments have been shifted, and some bays moved onto Wesbrook Mall.
(adjacent to Wesbrook Mall, north of University Blvd)
|6||99 B-Line||Commercial–Broadway Station||
|10||33||29th Avenue Station|
South bus loop
(on University Blvd, west of Wesbrook Mall)
Eton & Renfrew
Howe & Dunsmuir
Marine & 25th St
- "Bus Stop to Cafeteria" (PDF). The Ubyssey. University of British Columbia. September 25, 1945. Retrieved February 20, 2017.
- "Trolleys go to UBC" (PDF). The Buzzer. BC Transit. September 23, 1988. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
- "Open Letter to the UBC Vancouver Community" (PDF). University of British Columbia. October 27, 2009. Retrieved July 17, 2010.
- "UBC Bus Loop Closes March 6, 2017". University of British Columbia. Retrieved July 8, 2017.
- "UBC Exchange" (PDF). TransLink. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
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