We continue to salt and sand bus loops and SkyTrain stations, but please use caution in these areas and remember to dress warmly in anticipation of potential delays.

Expect extra crowding on some routes To provide improved traction, many articulated buses have been switched with standard, 40 foot buses. This will mean some modified service, with increased crowding and the possibility of passups in some areas.

HandyDART is currently operating regular service.

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 three new rapid-service B-Line routes launching in Metro Vancouver in 2019, as part of Phase One of the Mayors' Council 10-Year Vision.

TransLink consulted on the new B-Lines in spring 2018 — for more information on the feedback we heard and changes that were made as a result see the consultation report.

 

Over the next few years, we're making major transit investments in Surrey and Langley with new rail services and improved bus services. The Mayors' Council recently directed us to plan and develop the business case for SkyTrain along the Fraser Highway.

While we focus on extending SkyTrain on the Fraser Highway corridor, we will also invest in improved bus services in Surrey and Langley including the 502, 503, and existing 96 B-Line. While the Fraser Highway B-Line would be a welcomed service along this corridor until SkyTrain is implemented, it's not cost effective to invest resources in new B-Line infrastructure that might soon be dismantled for SkyTrain construction, should that project go ahead.

We're in the process of developing a revised near-term plan for the corridor and will share details when possible.

The Marine-Main B-Line is an important investment in improving transportation on the North Shore and was developed as part of the Mayors’ 10-Year Vision. The Marine-Main B-Line will give travellers throughout the North Shore a faster and more reliable east-west travel option.

A key element in a B-Line is making changes at street-level to improve the ability of buses to get through traffic. TransLink has worked closely with all three North Shore municipalities to develop a new B-Line service along the Marine-Main corridor that will deliver benefits to all three communities and thousands of residents, workers and students every day.

As part of the 10-Year Vision for transportation in the Metro Vancouver region, TransLink has worked with the District of West Vancouver to propose an improvement to bus priority along Marine Drive in West Vancouver–in particular, along the Ambleside-Dundarave corridor.

Currently, traffic along that stretch of Marine Drive is snarled by a mix of two-lane traffic with drivers turning left and right, buses pulling in and out of stops, and people parallel-parking along the road. One option for improving the congestion is to separate the traffic with one lane dedicated to buses, cars turning right and parallel parking; and the other lane dedicated to through-traffic with dedicated left-turn bays at busy intersections. The reorganization of the street would improve the speed and reliability of bus service and improve travel times for car traffic as well.


Some key facts:

  • More than 8,000 people get on and off the bus along the Ambleside-Dundarave corridor every day. Another 11,000 people get on and off at Park Royal every day.
  • The street changes would benefit everyone using a bus through West Van – not just the proposed B-Line. Ten West Van bus routes already use the Park Royal-Dundarave corridor.
  • The B-Line will be especially useful to workers and students who need to travel across the North Shore. Our models show there would be 6,000-7,000 people/day (more than 2 million/year) taking the B-Line when it starts in late 2019 and it would grow from there.
  • West Vancouver has greater transit ridership growth than North Vancouver (daily boardings grew 9.8% in West Van between 2017 and 2018 compared to 8.5% in North Van District and 5.8% in North Van City).
  • Traffic congestion is a major problem throughout the North Shore. Better transit options will get more people out of their cars when travelling within the North Shore.
  • Bus priority lanes improve travel time and reliability for using transit – making it more attractive to use the bus instead of a car. This includes people going to and from Downtown as well as other points on the North Shore like Lonsdale Quay, Lions Gate Hospital, Capilano University, and Phibbs Exchange.
  • Transit already moves one-third of the travelers along Marine Drive in West Vancouver using only 4% of the vehicles.

To learn more, please see the information TransLink prepared for the District of West Vancouver or read the FAQs.

Residents of the District and City of North Vancouver rely heavily on transit.

  • Each day, 89,000 people get on and off buses in these two communities (not including SeaBus riders)
  • Along the Marine-Main Drive corridor, almost 46,000 people a day get on or off the bus between Park Royal and Phibbs Exchange.
  • 11 bus routes travel along this corridor delivering people to jobs, shopping centres, recreational destinations and appointments.
  • Over the past year, daily transit boardings have increased in District of North Van by almost 9 per cent and almost 6 per cent in the City of North Vancouver

Today, transit on the North Shore is often slow and unreliable due to the region's growing traffic congestion. A Marine-Main B-Line bus service was identified by the Mayors' 10-Year Vision and the INSTPP report as one of the ways to alleviate congestion by providing people with a fast and reliable east-west travel option. For example, a B-Line trip from Park Royal to Phibbs Exchange will be up to 15 minutes (30 per cent) faster than on a local bus route.

To ensure B-Line buses can deliver fast and reliable service and don't get stuck in traffic themselves, we're implementing several street changes to give buses priority. We've worked closely with the District and City of North Vancouver to identify the most appropriate street changes and tailor them to each neighbourhood.

These street changes will improve travel times for all 11 buses travelling along the Marine-Main corridor while having negligible impact on regular traffic. To find information about some of the key changes we're proposing below, you can view the maps of the corridor.

Street Changes & Impacts

The landscape of the North Shore means there are few options for addressing the region’s increasing congestion. Everyone agrees that something needs to be done–it's a question of assessing the trade-offs and picking the best options. We've worked closely with the District and City of North Vancouver to identify the most appropriate street changes and tailor them to each neighbourhood.

Keeping two regular lanes of traffic in each direction

Measures are being taken to accommodate bus lanes while keeping two regular traffic lanes in each direction. No through-traffic lanes will be removed in the District and City of North Vancouver. The additional space will be gained by:

  • pushing back curbs and sidewalks in some locations
  • shifting some lanes
  • reallocating some median space
  • some parking restrictions

Vehicles will still be able to make left and right turns. Additional left-hand turn lanes will be added to improve traffic flow at some intersections.

Once operational, TransLink and the District and City of North Vancouver will continue to monitor the B-Line service and make any adjustments necessary to ensure safe and efficient operations.

Impacts to Regular Traffic

In some sections, the changes for transit priority will create minor delays but in other areas there will be improved travel times for all vehicles. The overall impact along the entire corridor is anticipated to be relatively unchanged for vehicles, given we are maintaining two regular traffic lanes in each direction.

Cycling Infrastructure

Once these changes are implemented, cyclists will still be able to bike everywhere they can today. However, there is an area of 1.5 blocks where existing bike lanes will be converted to a shared lane with buses.

We are also upgrading about two blocks of on-street bike lane to off-street cycle track. Overall, there will be a net increase in bike infrastructure because of this project.

Parking Restrictions

There will be a net loss of seven spots in the Lonsdale area. On 3rd Street, there will be parking restrictions along a stretch of the roadway. The details of those restrictions are still being determined and will be shared when finalized.

Highlights of Road Changes

Taylor Way to Lions Gate Bridge

  • In the westbound direction, the outside lane will be dedicated to buses, bicycles and vehicles turning right. This ensures buses don’t get stuck in traffic.

Garden Ave. to Phillip Ave.

  • In the westbound direction, the existing transit lane (which is dedicated to buses, bicycles and vehicles turning right) will be extended.
  • Left turns will not be restricted. Drivers will still be able to turn left from the inner lane in both directions.
  • This change maintains two lanes of regular traffic in each direction.

Hamilton Ave. to Bewick Ave.

  • The median will be removed to introduce a shared, westbound lane for buses, bicycles and vehicles turning right. This ensures buses don’t get stuck in traffic.
  • This change maintains two lanes of regular traffic in each direction.
  • The shared bus and bike lane will run between 15th and 16th Street and between Fell Ave. to the lane just to the west of Fell Ave.

Lonsdale Quay

  • To improve bus travel times through Lonsdale Quay, buses will be routed via Rogers Avenue.
  • Traffic lights will be introduced at Rogers & Esplanade and 1st & Lonsdale and 2nd & Lonsdale.
  • There will be 15 parking spots removed in this region to create a left-turn bay and larger B-Line bus stop. Another eight will be created by diverting all buses to Rogers Ave. The net loss of parking spots will be seven.
  • The existing bike lanes will be maintained with a slight adjustment to the westbound section between Lonsdale and Rogers Ave. This section will become a separated, off-street bike lane.

Lonsdale Ave. to Heywood Ave.

  • Some parking restrictions on the south side to dedicate a lane to buses, bicycles and vehicles turning right.

Gladstone Ave. to Brooksbank Ave.

  • The eastbound curb will be moved to create an extra, outside lane dedicated to buses, bicycles and vehicles turning right.
  • An eastbound off-street bicycle lane will be added.
  • The existing westbound bike lane will be maintained.

Lynn Ave. to Phibbs Exchange

  • Minor curbwork to on the south side to enable a new eastbound bus lane.
  • This change maintains two lanes of regular traffic in each direction.
  • All existing right and left turn lanes are maintained.
  • The bike lane is maintained.
  • New intersection to access Phibbs Exchange.

We will continue to work closely with our municipal partners to identify specific transit-priority measures along the B-Line corridors to support faster and more reliable service. Transit-priority improvement will be rolled out over time and will ensure these three new B-Lines can deliver a service and experience that goes above and beyond the B-Line routes in service today. The three new B-Lines will launch in fall 2019.

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

Frequency

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

Availability

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

Easy to find

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

In spring 2018 we consulted on the service and stops for the new B-Lines, as well as proposed changes to local routes and potential transit-priority measures. We had over 5,755 responses to our online survey and heard from 1,678 people at 22 public events.

We heard strong support for all of the proposed B-Line routes, stops, and potential transit-priority measures. We're proceeding with the proposed plan with a few small changes based on consultation feedback. For more information on what we heard during consultation, please see the consultation report.

 

Please select a route below to see details on the upcoming changes.

Map of the proposed B-Line projects for 2019

 

41st Avenue B-Line (Vancouver & UBC)

Joyce-Collingwood Station to UBC via Oakridge, Kerrisdale

As a result of the feedback received during consultation, TransLink has added an additional stop to the route at Rupert Street. The addition of this stop will help better serve local trips without a significant negative impact to B-Line bus travel time along the corridor.

 

Future B-Line Service

Time of Day
Frequency
Peak 3-6 min
Midday/Evening/Weekend
8 min
Night 15 min

Hours of Operation: 6 a.m. to 1 a.m.

 

Future changes to local service

Route 43

  • Discontinue and reinvest service hours into with new B-Line

Route 41

  • Truncate route so service runs from Crown St. to Joyce Station
  • Operate with electric  trolleybuses
  • Reduce frequency to 15 min during the day, 30 min at night*
  • Reinvest savings into new 41st Avenue B-Line*

Route 49

  • Adjust route to serve Wesbrook Village
  • Provide additional late-night and early morning service on weekdays

*Frequency on Route 41 may be increased during peak times, contingent on service hour savings achieved from bus speed and reliability measures.

Given the strong support for changes to local service, TransLink will proceed with the changes as proposed in the consultation. If significant travel-time savings are achieved from transit priority measures, TransLink will reinvest any potential savings into improving route 41 during peak periods.

For more details on the proposed changes and public feedback see the public consultation report.

 

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

Coquitlam Central to Haney Place

Public support for all aspects of the Lougheed Highway B-Line was overwhelmingly positive. TransLink is proceeding with implementing the service plan as proposed during consultation.

 

Future B-Line Service

Time of Day
Frequency
Peak 10 min
Midday/Evening/Weekend
15 min
Night 15 min

Hours of Operation: 5 a.m. to 12 a.m.

 

Future changes to local service
 Route 595
  •  Extend to the corner of 203rd Street and Lougheed Hwy to connect with the B-Line.

Given the overwhelming support for the proposed changes to local service, no revisions are proposed. TransLink will proceed with implementing a connection between the 595 and Lougheed Highway B-Line.

For more details on the proposed changes and public feedback see the public consultation report.

 

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

Dundarave to Phibbs Exchange via Park Royal, Lonsdale Quay

During consultation TransLink sought input from the public on whether to route the B-Line into Lonsdale Quay or along Esplanade. 51% of respondents preferred routing through the Quay compared to 37% who supported routing along Esplanade. As a result, the B-Line will be routed through the Lonsdale Quay when the route launches in 2019. TransLink may consider routing the B-Line along Esplanade if in the future there’s a higher-quality pedestrian transfer between Esplanade and the Quay.

 

Future B-Line Service

Time of Day
Frequency
Peak 8 min
Midday/Evening/Weekend
10 min
Night 15 min

Hours of Operation: 6 a.m. to 1 a.m.

 

Future changes to local service

Route 239

  • Discontinue to avoid duplication and reinvest service into Marine-Main B-Line (local stop service continues to be provided by other routes on the same corridor)

Route 240

  • Increase frequency to 7 min in peak
  • Extend route to Lynn Valley

Route 255

  • Alter route 255 to provided local service on West 3rd Street
  • Alter route to Keith Road to provide more direct service between Central Lonsdale and Capilano University (service to Lynn Valley replaced by more frequent 240 as described above)

New route between Cap. U and Phibbs Exchange

  • Provide service every 8 min frequency in peak

While 68% of respondents (1,158) were supportive of changes to local routes, respondents also emphasized the importance of the following:

  • Fast, frequent, and reliable connections to Capilano University
  • Maintaining local service along West 3rd
  • Maintaining the frequency of the 255 at current levels

As a result of consultation the 255 will be rerouted to serve West 3rd and will continue operating at today’s frequency. We’re also introducing a shuttle between Phibbs and Cap U and providing direct service between Central Lonsdale and Capilano University via the 255.

 For more details on the proposed changes and public feedback see the public consultation report.

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