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B-Line Program

Illustration of Articulated Bus driving down a street

Get ready for shorter travel times, shorter wait times, and less crowding! There are four new rapid-service B-Line routes launching in Metro Vancouver in 2019, as part of Phase 1 of the Mayors’ Council Ten Year Vision. TransLink wants to hear from the public about these new B-Lines, as well as proposed changes to local routes, and changes to streets.

 

Consultation for the B-Line Program has now closed. Thank you for participating–We’ll be reporting back on our results in the coming months, please check back soon for details!

 

Improved travel time and reliability

  • Stops are spaced ~1 km apart
  • All-door boarding
  • Streets are redesigned to improve travel time
  • High-capacity articulated buses

Frequent

  • At least every 10 minutes in peak times
  • At least every 15 minutes at other times

Available all day, every day

  • Service from 6 a.m. to midnight, or better

Easy to find

  • Buses and stops have a different look
  • Stops have Next Bus digital signage
  • Route information inside buses

 

Please select a route above to see the individual proposed routes.

Map of the proposed B-Line projects for 2019

 

41st Avenue B-Line (Vancouver & UBC)

Joyce-Collingwood Station to UBC via Oakridge, Kerrisdale

This B-Line will be a new very frequent and reliable express bus route across Vancouver from Joyce-Collingwood Station to UBC. The B-Line connects to many bus routes, major destinations, and growing communities. Local service will be retained along the corridor. Changes will be made to streets to improve travel time and reliability.

  • Frequency:
    • Peak: 3-6 min
    • Midday/Evening/Weekend: 8 min
    • Night: 15 min
  • Hours of Operation:
    • 6 a.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Travel Times:
    • 45-60 mins from Joyce–Collingwood Station to UBC during peak periods
  • Capacity:
    • 33% more capacity to reduce crowding

Along with the new 41st Avenue B-Line, TransLink is proposing the following changes to local bus service. These changes enable the high frequency of the B-Line, and also adjust local routes to maintain connections to communities.

  • Route 43 replaced with new B-Line
  • Route 41 to run between Crown Street and Joyce-Collingwood Station with electric trolleybuses
  • Route 41 frequency reduced to 15 minutes during the day, 30 minutes at night
Route 41 Frequency
41st Ave B-Line Frequency
   Current Proposed Proposed
 Peak:  6-12 min
15 min
3-6 min
 Midday:  7-8 min
15 min
8 min
 Night:  15 min
30 min
15 min

Route 41 is currently the primary route serving the 41st Avenue corridor, with additional limited-stop service from Route 43 on weekdays. Under this proposal, the more frequent and reliable B-Line would take on the role of the corridor’s primary route, with Route 41 supporting the B-Line with service to local stops. This is similar to the 99 B-Line and the 9 – The 99 is more frequent, serves only major stops, and travels all the way to UBC, while the 9 operates less frequently, serves all stops, and only goes to UBC for some trips.

88% of route 41’s stop activity occurs within one block of B-Line stops.

The reduction in service of Route 41 means that the B-Line can be more frequent and offer more capacity. This also means that Route 41 can be operated with electric trolleybuses, as there is existing overhead trolley wire already in place all the way from Crown Street to Joyce-Collingwood Station.

Additional changes will be needed to ensure there are no gaps in service:

  • Route 49 changed to maintain service in Wesbrook Village
    Currently, route 41 travels along Wesbrook Mall in Wesbrook Village. Under this proposal, it would be replaced with route 49. The 49 offers similar or better frequency, and is operated with articulated buses, which will offer more capacity to Wesbrook Village. To reach destinations on 41st Avenue like Kerrisdale or Oakridge, Wesbrook Village residents can walk to the B-Line stop on West 16th Avenue or take Route 49 to Dunbar Loop and then connect to the B-Line.
  • Additional late-night service on Route 49
    The 49’s hours of operation would be extended to midnight on weekdays to match the current 41 schedule.

As part of the launch of these new B-Lines, TransLink is working with local governments as well as the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to examine how streets can be changed to ensure that B-Lines don’t get stuck in traffic.

Why?

  • To make transit a more attractive way to get around.
  • To expand your access to jobs, education, and other destinations.
  • Allows TransLink to provide more service at a reduced operating cost.

This would benefit riders of the new B-Lines, as well as riders on these other bus routes that use the corridor:

  • 41st Avenue: 25, 26, 33, 41, 480, C18, C20
  • Marine–Main: 228, 229, 230, 231, 232, 236, 240, 241, 242, 246, 247, 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, 256, 257, 258
  • Fraser Hwy: 320, 345, 372, 395, 502, 503
  • Lougheed Hwy: 159, 160, 171, 172, 701, 791, C41

View the Speed & Reliability PDF to see maps of congestion hotspots and current bus speeds along the B-Line corridors.

Here are a few examples of potential changes to streets that could make buses faster and more reliable:

Signals

Traffic signals can be adjusted so that buses are more likely to get green lights. One way to do this is to time the signals to match the bus speed, and another is to have the buses communicate wirelessly with the signals.

Level of Benefit:

  • Small, if implemented alone
  • Large, if implemented with other changes

Stop Locations

Bus stops are usually located near an intersection, but the specific location of that stop can affect the bus route’s speed and reliability. In many cases, it is faster to pick up and drop off passengers after passing through the intersection.

Level of Benefit:

  • Small

Avoid delays

At some bus stops, buses have to pull out of the traffic lane to pick up and drop off passengers. If the street is busy, it can take a long time for buses to pull back into the traffic lane. Changes can be made to allow the bus to pick up passengers while in the traffic lane.

Level of Benefit:

  • Medium

Turn restrictions

Dedicated turn lanes or restrictions on turns to reduce the delays that are caused by turning cars.

Level of Benefit:

  • Medium (at key intersections)

Intersections

About 10% of time on a bus is spent waiting behind traffic at red lights. A short bus-only lane allows buses to pass that traffic, saving time for customers and reducing costs of service.

Level of Benefit:

  • Medium (at key intersections)

Dedicated bus lane

When streets become congested, buses get delayed. To protect bus riders from this congestion, lanes can be dedicated for buses – either at specific times of day, or all day long. This may require removing parking spaces or vehicle lanes – at certain times of day, or all day long.

Level of Benefit:

  • Large

There are a number of ways you can submit your feedback on these new B-Lines.

The survey will be available from April 3 to May 31, 2018.

Take the Survey!

We’ll be setting up pop-up info sessions in public places across the four corridors. Come see us at one of the dates/locations below:

City Event/Location Date Time
City of North Vancouver The Quay Farmers Market May 18 12-4 p.m.
City of North Vancouver Shipyard Night Market May 5 5-10 p.m.
Coquitlam Coquitlam Station May 10 6-9 a.m.
District of North Vancouver Capilano University April 3 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
District of North Vancouver Phibbs Exchange May 25 6-9 a.m.
District of West Vancouver Park Royal May 26
1-3 p.m.
Langley City Timms Community Centre April 15 12-3 p.m.
Langley Township Willowbrook Mall April 7 12-3 p.m.
Maple Ridge Maple Ridge Earth Day April 21 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Maple Ridge

Haney Exchange Place

May 7

6-9 a.m.

Maple Ridge The Arts Centre May 12 5-8 p.m.
Pitt Meadows Pitt Meadows Station May 9 6-9 a.m.
Surrey Party for the Planet April 14 12-4 p.m.
UBC The Nest April 4 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Vancouver Vancouver Sun Run April 22 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Vancouver Joyce Station April 26 5-7 p.m.
Vancouver Oakridge Mall April 28 1-3 p.m.
West Vancouver Ambleside Farmers Market April 28 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

Fraser Hwy B-Line (Surrey and Langley)

Surrey Central to Langley Centre via Fleetwood, Clayton

“Future” stops would be implemented when the population and destinations at that stop increase, and when funding is made available.

 

This B-Line will be a new frequent and reliable express bus route across the South of Fraser area from Surrey Central to Langley Centre, via Fleetwood and Clayton. The B-Line connects to many bus routes, major destinations, and growing communities. Local service will be retained along the corridor. Changes will be made to streets to improve travel time and reliability.

  • Frequency:
    • Peak: 8 min
    • Midday/Evening/Weekend: 10 min
    • Night: 15 min
  • Hours of Operation:
    • 5 a.m. to 12 a.m.
  • Travel Times:
    • 40 minutes from Surrey Central to Langley Centre in peak (10 minutes faster than today)

Along with the new Fraser Hwy B-Line, TransLink is proposing the following changes to local bus service. These changes enable the high frequency of the B-Line, and also adjust local routes to maintain connections to communities.

  • Route 503
    • Route 503 to serve all stops along Fraser Hwy from Surrey Central to Aldergrove
    • Route 503 links Aldergrove and Murrayville with Langley and Surrey. It currently serves only major stops in Surrey, and all local stops in Langley. In Surrey, passengers can only board travelling eastbound, and disembark travelling westbound.
    • TransLink anticipates that many riders will switch from route 503 to the new B-Line – especially those travelling from Langley Centre to Surrey Central. Changing route 503’s stopping pattern to serve all local stops will allow this route to supplement route 502 in maintaining a high frequency of local service along the B-Line corridor.
    • Only 20% of the riders of route 503 travel from Murrayville or Aldergrove to Surrey. The rest travel from Surrey to Langley Centre, or from Murrayville or Aldergrove to Langley Centre.
  • Route 502
    • Proposed reduction in frequency

      Route 502/503 Frequency
      Fraser Hwy B-Line Frequency 
        Current Proposed* Proposed
      Peak: 6-12 min
      15 min
      8 min
      Midday: 12 min
      15 min
      10 min
      Night: 30 min
      30 min
      15 min

      *Proposed frequency reflects the combined frequency of routes 502 and 503, as they would provide the same service on the B-Line corridor in this proposal.
    • The Fraser Highway B-Line is expected to attract most riders that are currently on Route 502, which parallels the B-Line. TransLink is proposing to reduce the frequency of the 502 to increase the level of B-Line service to balance the needs between riders with longer trips and shorter trips. Similar changes were made after the implementation of the 96 B-Line in Surrey.
    • After introducing a new B-Line on King George Blvd and 104 Ave in Surrey and reducing local service, overall corridor ridership continues to rise consistently – from 2011 to 2017, boardings at stops on the corridor (including local routes and the B-Line) are up 40%.

As part of the launch of these new B-Lines, TransLink is working with local governments as well as the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to examine how streets can be changed to ensure that B-Lines don’t get stuck in traffic.

Why?

  • To make transit a more attractive way to get around.
  • To expand your access to jobs, education, and other destinations.
  • Allows TransLink to provide more service at a reduced operating cost.

This would benefit riders of the new B-Lines, as well as riders on these other bus routes that use the corridor:

  • 41st Avenue: 25, 26, 33, 41, 480, C18, C20
  • Marine–Main: 228, 229, 230, 231, 232, 236, 240, 241, 242, 246, 247, 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, 256, 257, 258
  • Fraser Hwy: 320, 345, 372, 395, 502, 503
  • Lougheed Hwy: 159, 160, 171, 172, 701, 791, C41

View the Speed & Reliability PDF to see maps of congestion hotspots and current bus speeds along the B-Line corridors.

Here are a few examples of potential changes to streets that could make buses faster and more reliable:

Signals

Traffic signals can be adjusted so that buses are more likely to get green lights. One way to do this is to time the signals to match the bus speed, and another is to have the buses communicate wirelessly with the signals.

Level of Benefit:

  • Small, if implemented alone
  • Large, if implemented with other changes

Stop Locations

Bus stops are usually located near an intersection, but the specific location of that stop can affect the bus route’s speed and reliability. In many cases, it is faster to pick up and drop off passengers after passing through the intersection.

Level of Benefit:

  • Small

Avoid delays

At some bus stops, buses have to pull out of the traffic lane to pick up and drop off passengers. If the street is busy, it can take a long time for buses to pull back into the traffic lane. Changes can be made to allow the bus to pick up passengers while in the traffic lane.

Level of Benefit:

  • Medium

Turn restrictions

Dedicated turn lanes or restrictions on turns to reduce the delays that are caused by turning cars.

Level of Benefit:

  • Medium (at key intersections)

Intersections

About 10% of time on a bus is spent waiting behind traffic at red lights. A short bus-only lane allows buses to pass that traffic, saving time for customers and reducing costs of service.

Level of Benefit:

  • Medium (at key intersections)

Dedicated bus lane

When streets become congested, buses get delayed. To protect bus riders from this congestion, lanes can be dedicated for buses – either at specific times of day, or all day long. This may require removing parking spaces or vehicle lanes – at certain times of day, or all day long.

Level of Benefit:

  • Large

There are a number of ways you can submit your feedback on these new B-Lines.

The survey will be available from April 3 to May 31, 2018.

Take the Survey!

We’ll be setting up pop-up info sessions in public places across the four corridors. Come see us at one of the dates/locations below:

City Event/Location Date Time
City of North Vancouver The Quay Farmers Market May 18 12-4 p.m.
City of North Vancouver Shipyard Night Market May 5 5-10 p.m.
Coquitlam Coquitlam Station May 10 6-9 a.m.
District of North Vancouver Capilano University April 3 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
District of North Vancouver Phibbs Exchange May 25 6-9 a.m.
District of West Vancouver Park Royal May 26
1-3 p.m.
Langley City Timms Community Centre April 15 12-3 p.m.
Langley Township Willowbrook Mall April 7 12-3 p.m.
Maple Ridge Maple Ridge Earth Day April 21 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Maple Ridge

Haney Exchange Place

May 7

6-9 a.m.

Maple Ridge The Arts Centre May 12 5-8 p.m.
Pitt Meadows Pitt Meadows Station May 9 6-9 a.m.
Surrey Party for the Planet April 14 12-4 p.m.
UBC The Nest April 4 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Vancouver Vancouver Sun Run April 22 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Vancouver Joyce Station April 26 5-7 p.m.
Vancouver Oakridge Mall April 28 1-3 p.m.
West Vancouver Ambleside Farmers Market April 28 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

Lougheed Hwy B-Line (Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge)

Coquitlam Central to Haney Place

  • "Future stops" are identified in locations where stops may be desirable in the future as conditions change:
    • 222 Street - When the population and destinations at that stop increase
    • Meadowtown - Changes are needed on public and private land to allow pedestrian access to this intersection

Proposed routing through Maple Ridge is along Lougheed Hwy.

An alternate routing along Dewdney Trunk Road may be considered if Lougheed Hwy stops are not implementable by 2019.

 

This B-Line will be a new frequent and reliable express bus route across the Pitt River from Coquitlam Central Station to Haney Place in Maple Ridge, via Port Coquitlam and Pitt Meadows. The B-Line connects to many bus routes, major destinations, and growing communities. Local service will be retained along the corridor. Changes will be made to streets to improve travel time and reliability.

 

  • Frequency:
    • Peak: 10 min
    • Midday/Evening/Weekend: 15 min
    • Night: 15 min
  • Hours of Operation:
    • 5 a.m. to 12 a.m.
  • Travel Times:
    • 40 minutes from Haney Place to Coquitlam Central in peak (18 minutes faster than today)
    • Avoids level railway crossings for increased reliability
  • Route 595 to be extended to the corner of 203rd Street and Lougheed to allow connections to the B-Line.

As part of the launch of these new B-Lines, TransLink is working with local governments as well as the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to examine how streets can be changed to ensure that B-Lines don’t get stuck in traffic.


Why?

  • To make transit a more attractive way to get around.
  • To expand your access to jobs, education, and other destinations.
  • Allows TransLink to provide more service at a reduced operating cost.

This would benefit riders of the new B-Lines, as well as riders on these other bus routes that use the corridor:

  • 41st Avenue: 25, 26, 33, 41, 480, C18, C20
  • Marine–Main: 228, 229, 230, 231, 232, 236, 240, 241, 242, 246, 247, 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, 256, 257, 258
  • Fraser Hwy: 320, 345, 372, 395, 502, 503
  • Lougheed Hwy: 159, 160, 171, 172, 701, 791, C41

View the Speed & Reliability PDF to see maps of congestion hotspots and current bus speeds along the B-Line corridors.

Here are a few examples of potential changes to streets that could make buses faster and more reliable:

Signals

Traffic signals can be adjusted so that buses are more likely to get green lights. One way to do this is to time the signals to match the bus speed, and another is to have the buses communicate wirelessly with the signals.

Level of Benefit:

  • Small, if implemented alone
  • Large, if implemented with other changes

Stop Locations

Bus stops are usually located near an intersection, but the specific location of that stop can affect the bus route’s speed and reliability. In many cases, it is faster to pick up and drop off passengers after passing through the intersection.

Level of Benefit:

  • Small

Avoid delays

At some bus stops, buses have to pull out of the traffic lane to pick up and drop off passengers. If the street is busy, it can take a long time for buses to pull back into the traffic lane. Changes can be made to allow the bus to pick up passengers while in the traffic lane.

Level of Benefit:

  • Medium

Turn restrictions

Dedicated turn lanes or restrictions on turns to reduce the delays that are caused by turning cars.

Level of Benefit:

  • Medium (at key intersections)

Intersections

About 10% of time on a bus is spent waiting behind traffic at red lights. A short bus-only lane allows buses to pass that traffic, saving time for customers and reducing costs of service.

Level of Benefit:

  • Medium (at key intersections)

Dedicated bus lane

When streets become congested, buses get delayed. To protect bus riders from this congestion, lanes can be dedicated for buses – either at specific times of day, or all day long. This may require removing parking spaces or vehicle lanes – at certain times of day, or all day long.

Level of Benefit:

  • Large

There are a number of ways you can submit your feedback on these new B-Lines.

The survey will be available from April 3 to May 31, 2018.

Take the Survey!

We’ll be setting up pop-up info sessions in public places across the four corridors. Come see us at one of the dates/locations below:

City Event/Location Date Time
City of North Vancouver The Quay Farmers Market May 18 12-4 p.m.
City of North Vancouver Shipyard Night Market May 5 5-10 p.m.
Coquitlam Coquitlam Station May 10 6-9 a.m.
District of North Vancouver Capilano University April 3 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
District of North Vancouver Phibbs Exchange May 25 6-9 a.m.
District of West Vancouver Park Royal May 26
1-3 p.m.
Langley City Timms Community Centre April 15 12-3 p.m.
Langley Township Willowbrook Mall April 7 12-3 p.m.
Maple Ridge Maple Ridge Earth Day April 21 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Maple Ridge

Haney Exchange Place

May 7

6-9 a.m.

Maple Ridge The Arts Centre May 12 5-8 p.m.
Pitt Meadows Pitt Meadows Station May 9 6-9 a.m.
Surrey Party for the Planet April 14 12-4 p.m.
UBC The Nest April 4 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Vancouver Vancouver Sun Run April 22 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Vancouver Joyce Station April 26 5-7 p.m.
Vancouver Oakridge Mall April 28 1-3 p.m.
West Vancouver Ambleside Farmers Market April 28 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

Marine-Main B-Line (West and North Vancouver)

Dundarave to Phibbs Exchange via Park Royal, Lonsdale Quay

“Future” stops would be implemented when the population and destinations at that stop increase.

 

This B-Line will be a new frequent and reliable express bus route across the North Shore from Dundarave (24th Avenue) to Lonsdale Quay and Phibbs Exchange. The B-Line connects to many bus routes, major destinations, and growing communities. Local service will be retained along the Marine-Main corridor and connections to other parts of the region will be improved. Changes will be made to streets to improve travel time and reliability.

  • Frequency:
    • Peak: 8 min
    • Midday/Evening/Weekend: 10 min
    • Night: 15 min
  • Hours of Operation:
    • 6 a.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Travel Times:
    • 45 minutes from Dundarave to Phibbs Exchange during peak periods (15 minutes faster than today)
  • Capacity:
    • 80% more capacity to reduce crowding

Along with the new Marine-Main B-Line, TransLink is proposing the following changes to local bus service. These changes enable the high frequency of the B-Line, and also adjust local routes to maintain connections to communities.

Route 240 is the second busiest route on the North Shore, offering a high-frequency link between Central Lonsdale, Marine Drive, and Downtown Vancouver. The proposed increase in peak frequency to 7 minutes represents a 20% capacity boost to reduce overcrowding. Extending Route 240 will connect Lynn Valley Town Centre to the Frequent Transit Network for the first time. This extension was identified in the North Shore Area Transit Plan as a high priority investment.

Much of Route 255 is duplicated by the B-Line and the improved Route 240, which will provide more frequent and more attractive options for many trips. Under this proposal, the peak frequency of route 255 would be reduced to 30 minutes. The off-peak frequency would remain the same, at 30 minutes. Overall, transit frequency on Marine Drive, Keith Road, 15th Street, and Lynn Valley Road will increase significantly.

In addition, the 255’s routing would be altered to provide a more direct connection between Central Lonsdale, Lynn Creek, and Capilano University via Keith Road. This change is intended to better align our network with demand patterns. (This part of Route 255 primarily links riders from Central Lonsdale to Capilano University, with fewer riders connecting from Lynn Valley to Capilano University.)

  • When B-Lines have been implemented in the past, they have attracted many riders away from local routes. TransLink expects something similar to happen to route 239, which generally parallels the B-Line. Many parts of the 239 are duplicated by other routes, which will maintain local service along the corridor. For the parts of the 239 that are not duplicated by the B-Line or other routes, new service is proposed to maintain frequent service.
  • After introducing a new B-Line on King George Blvd and 104 Ave in Surrey and reducing local service, overall corridor ridership continues to rise consistently – from 2011 to 2017, boardings at stops on the corridor (including local routes and the B-Line) are up 40%.This balance between B-Line service and local service attracts new riders.

Map showing the Lonsdale Quay route options
Click to enlarge this image

The proposed B-Line & bus network changes would affect service to Capilano University. TransLink proposes to invest in bus service to strengthen connections to campus. The consultation survey proposes two options for how this investment could be made.

  • New frequent bus route from Phibbs Exchange to Capilano University (comes every 8 minutes in peak)
  • No change to routes 28 or 130
  • 255 runs from Capilano University to Central Lonsdale and West Vancouver via Phibbs Exchange
  • More reliable because buses are unaffected by bridge congestion, but fewer direct connections to SkyTrain

This option is focused on providing the most frequent and reliable connection to Capilano University. It involves a new very short bus route that operates at high frequencies, and provides service all day long. This route does not travel across the Second Narrows Bridge, or on Main Street, which eliminates these as major causes of delay. Capilano University will still have a direct connection to Central Lonsdale and West Vancouver with route 255, and a direct connection to SkyTrain via the Second Narrows Bridge with routes 28 and 130 in peak times. Riders could connect to the B-Line and other routes at Phibbs Exchange.

  • Route 28 extended to Capilano University at least every 30 minutes, all day, every day
  • More trips of Route 130 extended to Capilano University in peak times
  • 255 runs from Capilano University to Central Lonsdale and West Vancouver via Phibbs Exchange
  • More direct connections to SkyTrain but less reliable and less frequent

This option is focused on increased direct connections across the Second Narrows Bridge to Vancouver, Burnaby, and SkyTrain. The changes to routes 28 and 130 would create all-day direct connections to SkyTrain, and increased frequency in the peak. This means that these routes would be linked to the Second Narrows Bridge, and congestion could potentially affect transit trips that do not cross the bridge.

Map showing the proposed Lonsdale Stops

On opening day, the B-Line’s stop at Lonsdale Quay will be located in the bus loop near the SeaBus terminal. This provides a seamless connection to SeaBus, but delays passengers not getting off at Lonsdale Quay by 4 minutes in each direction. TransLink and the City of North Vancouver are assessing the feasibility and trade-offs of moving the stop to a location on Esplanade in the future.

The consultation survey asks respondents to indicate their preferred location for a B-Line stop at Lonsdale Quay:

    • Faster & more reliable for people on the B-Line who are not stopping at Lonsdale Quay
    • Reduces overall B-Line travel time from 45 min to 40 min
    • Increases walking distance from B-Line to SeaBus terminal from 2 min to 5 min
    • Closer to destinations north of Esplanade
    • Closer & more convenient for travellers connecting to SeaBus
    • Closer to Lonsdale Quay Market

As part of the launch of these new B-Lines, TransLink is working with local governments as well as the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to examine how streets can be changed to ensure that B-Lines don’t get stuck in traffic.

Why?

  • To make transit a more attractive way to get around.
  • To expand your access to jobs, education, and other destinations.
  • Allows TransLink to provide more service at a reduced operating cost.

This would benefit riders of the new B-Lines, as well as riders on these other bus routes that use the corridor:

  • 41st Avenue: 25, 26, 33, 41, 480, C18, C20
  • Marine–Main: 228, 229, 230, 231, 232, 236, 240, 241, 242, 246, 247, 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, 256, 257, 258
  • Fraser Hwy: 320, 345, 372, 395, 502, 503
  • Lougheed Hwy: 159, 160, 171, 172, 701, 791, C41

View the Speed & Reliability PDF to see maps of congestion hotspots and current bus speeds along the B-Line corridors.

Here are a few examples of potential changes to streets that could make buses faster and more reliable:

Signals

Traffic signals can be adjusted so that buses are more likely to get green lights. One way to do this is to time the signals to match the bus speed, and another is to have the buses communicate wirelessly with the signals.

Level of Benefit:

  • Small, if implemented alone
  • Large, if implemented with other changes

Stop Locations

Bus stops are usually located near an intersection, but the specific location of that stop can affect the bus route’s speed and reliability. In many cases, it is faster to pick up and drop off passengers after passing through the intersection.

Level of Benefit:

  • Small

Avoid delays

At some bus stops, buses have to pull out of the traffic lane to pick up and drop off passengers. If the street is busy, it can take a long time for buses to pull back into the traffic lane. Changes can be made to allow the bus to pick up passengers while in the traffic lane.

Level of Benefit:

  • Medium

Turn restrictions

Dedicated turn lanes or restrictions on turns to reduce the delays that are caused by turning cars.

Level of Benefit:

  • Medium (at key intersections)

Intersections

About 10% of time on a bus is spent waiting behind traffic at red lights. A short bus-only lane allows buses to pass that traffic, saving time for customers and reducing costs of service.

Level of Benefit:

  • Medium (at key intersections)

Dedicated bus lane

When streets become congested, buses get delayed. To protect bus riders from this congestion, lanes can be dedicated for buses – either at specific times of day, or all day long. This may require removing parking spaces or vehicle lanes – at certain times of day, or all day long.

Level of Benefit:

  • Large

There are a number of ways you can submit your feedback on these new B-Lines.

The survey will be available from April 3 to May 31, 2018.

Take the Survey!

We’ll be setting up pop-up info sessions in public places across the four corridors. Come see us at one of the dates/locations below:

City Event/Location Date Time
City of North Vancouver The Quay Farmers Market May 18 12-4 p.m.
City of North Vancouver Shipyard Night Market May 5 5-10 p.m.
Coquitlam Coquitlam Station May 10 6-9 a.m.
District of North Vancouver Capilano University April 3 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
District of North Vancouver Phibbs Exchange May 25 6-9 a.m.
District of West Vancouver Park Royal May 26
1-3 p.m.
Langley City Timms Community Centre April 15 12-3 p.m.
Langley Township Willowbrook Mall April 7 12-3 p.m.
Maple Ridge Maple Ridge Earth Day April 21 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Maple Ridge

Haney Exchange Place

May 7

6-9 a.m.

Maple Ridge The Arts Centre May 12 5-8 p.m.
Pitt Meadows Pitt Meadows Station May 9 6-9 a.m.
Surrey Party for the Planet April 14 12-4 p.m.
UBC The Nest April 4 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Vancouver Vancouver Sun Run April 22 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Vancouver Joyce Station April 26 5-7 p.m.
Vancouver Oakridge Mall April 28 1-3 p.m.
West Vancouver Ambleside Farmers Market April 28 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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