What is the Fourth Plain extension project?
C-TRAN is in the early stages of designing a new segment of The Vine, which will serve the eastern portion of Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard as well as Northeast 162nd Avenue. Bus rapid transit, or BRT, uses various features to move passengers more efficiently and reliably. Those features include larger buses, transit signal priority, seamless fare payments, level boarding platforms and more.
Is this the same thing as other segments of The Vine?
The Fourth Plain extension project will be a new branch of The Vine, launched on Vancouver’s Fourth Plain corridor in 2017, but it will not be exactly the same. These portions of Fourth Plain and 162nd Avenue are unique areas with their own characteristics, and C-TRAN will work closely with residents, businesses and others to ensure the project reflects the needs and the identity of the area it serves.
Why east Fourth Plain?
- The eastern portion of Fourth Plain Boulevard currently has relatively few options for public transit. The Vine would improve travel times, span of service and connections to the rest of the C-TRAN system.
- The Vine is a growing network of BRT service in Clark County. Adding this segment will improve connectivity with other lines operating on Fourth Plain, Mill Plain and Highway 99, as well as other Local C-TRAN routes.
- C-TRAN has recently invested additional service and improved frequency on Route 74, which now serves this portion of Fourth Plain. Extending The Vine to this area will build on those investments.
Where will it go?
The Fourth Plain extension of The Vine will serve the eastern portion of Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard, from the Vancouver Mall to Northeast 162nd Avenue. It will also serve 162nd Avenue between Fourth Plain and either Mill Plain Transit Center or Fisher’s Landing Transit Center.
Will it cost more for me to ride?
Nope. Passengers riding The Vine pay a regular Local fare, just like other Local C-TRAN bus routes.
How will the project be funded?
This project will be funded by a combination of local, state and federal funds. Potential funding sources include the Washington State Regional Mobility Grant, RTC Transportation Improvement Program, Federal and/or local C-TRAN funding.