New B-Line construction kicks off in Vancouver

June 13, 2019

Vancouver, BC — The first steps toward faster, more reliable bus service for the 41st Avenue corridor are now underway in Vancouver.

Once in service, TransLink’s new high-frequency, limited-stop B-Line service will run from Joyce–Collingwood SkyTrain Station to UBC all day, every day. The new 41st Avenue B-Line will run every 3-6 minutes during rush hour with the capacity to carry up to 4,400 people, adding much needed people-moving capacity to this busy arterial.

To ensure B-Line buses can deliver fast and reliable service and don't get stuck in traffic, the City of Vancouver is implementing changes to the street to give buses priority. Key changes designed to speed up bus service and provide a more comfortable experience include:

  • Implementing bus-priority lanes
  • Converting parking to travel lanes along sections of the corridor when travel capacity is needed most
  • Installing left/right turn bays at key intersections
  • Building concrete pads for new B-Line stops that will have more customer amenities

Work is now underway for these bus-priority measures in Vancouver as the first tangible change linked to the rollout of new B-Lines across the region.

TransLink’s Director of System Planning, Sarah Ross, says this transit corridor is the second busiest in the region after Broadway. “Right now, 40% to 60% of people travelling on 41st Avenue between Dunbar and Granville Street during rush hour are on buses. There are 36,000 bus boardings each weekday on routes 41 and 43. All of these customers will benefit from the street changes even before B-Line service launches.”

Bus-priority measures will increase the people-carrying capacity of the corridor with no significant effect on congestion for general-purpose traffic.

“The 41st B-Line aligns with the City’s Congestion Management Strategy to support our economy, honour our transportation hierarchy, and continue to use our limited street space more efficiently,” shares Lon LaClaire, Director of Transportation with the City of Vancouver.

The new 41st Avenue B-Line will provide a faster and more reliable connection between Joyce-Collingwood Station and UBC, which is great for UBC students as well as faculty and staff according to UBC Vice President of Students, Ainsley Carry. “More than 40,000 UBC students live off campus and most use transit to get to class. The new B-Line will shorten commute times and reduce stress for thousands of students, giving them more time to study and get involved on campus.”

The 41st Avenue service is one of three new B-Lines launching around Metro Vancouver beginning in January 2020. Construction for the Lougheed Highway B-Line between Coquitlam and Maple Ridge as well as work for the Marine Drive B-Line on the North Shore is also expected to begin in June.

Learn more:
B-Line video
TransLink's B-Line Program

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TransLink is Metro Vancouver's regional transportation authority, and is the first North American transportation authority to be responsible for the planning, financing and managing of all public transit in addition to major regional roads and bridges.

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