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R2 Marine Dr

The Marine Drive RapidBus will connect West Vancouver and North Vancouver with fast, frequent, reliable bus service. The route will run between Phibbs Exchange to Park Royal, cutting up to 10 minutes off trip times while connecting customers to key destinations in between.

Once in service, the Marine Drive RapidBus service will have the capacity to move up to 1,650 people per hour during rush hour.

Update: Due to construction impacts, the Marine Drive RapidBus route will launch Spring 2020. Please see the Launch Timelines tab below for more details.

Time of Day Morning Peak
(6 to 9 a.m.)
Midday
(9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Afternoon Peak
(3 to 6 p.m.)
Evening
(6 to 9 p.m.)
Late Night
(9 p.m. to 1 a.m.)
Weekday 8 min 10 min 8 min 10 min 15 min
Weekend 10 min 10 min 10 min 10 min 15 min

 

Detailed PDF Map

TransLink will make a number of changes to local routes to avoid service duplication and to better integrate with the new RapidBus.

Future changes to local service

Route 239

  • Discontinue to avoid duplication and reinvest service into Marine Dr RapidBus (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

TransLink sought public input on the proposed changes to local routes in March 2018. For more details, see the public consultation report.

To ensure RapidBuses can deliver fast and reliable service and don't get stuck in traffic, we've worked with local governments to identify street and traffic changes that will speed up bus-travel times. These street changes target areas where buses face the worst delays. Changes are then tailored to the unique street context. Bus-priority measures improve travel times for all buses travelling along the corridors while having a negligible impact on regular traffic.

For details on the transit priority projects planned on Marine Drive see the map and road changes below.

R2: Marine Dr Transit Priority Projects

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 RapidBus 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.

Jan. 21, 2020

District of North Vancouver: Phibbs Exchange

There will be minor daytime off-peak works occurring during the middle of January for one week.

  • Installation of customer information display and community bus-shuttle stop

City of North Vancouver: East 3rd St.

The following work will be completed along East 3rd St. from Queensbury Ave. and Heywood St:

  • Utilities work
  • Pouring concrete<

Works will also commence along East 3rd street and Ridgeway eastbound for one week:

  • Curb, gutter and sidewalk modifications
  • Installation of shelter pad

Work is expected to begin in Mid-January and last two weeks.

Aug. 26, 2019

District of North Vancouver: Main St. from Lynn Ave. to Mountain Hwy.

  • New traffic signals at the intersections of Lynn Ave., Harbour Ave. and Mountain Hwy.

  • Changes to the curbs, including removal and pouring of new concrete

  • Lane line removal and new line painting
  • New bus lanes

Construction will take place intermittently from late August the end of February, Monday to Friday, between 7:30 p.m. and 5 a.m. During this time, residents can expect noise associated with light construction machinery, concrete removal and pouring, line painting, as well as some construction lighting.

Together with the contractor, we are making every effort to minimize the impact of this construction activity. To reduce the impact on daytime traffic, we are completing this required roadwork at night when there are less vehicles on the road. The District of North Vancouver has been informed of this work.

June 10, 2019

City of North Vancouver: Cotton Road daytime and nighttime construction

The following work will be completed on the south side of Cotton Road between Brooksbank and Gladstone Ave:

  • Adjustments to the south curb to accommodate an eastbound bus lane
  • Eastbound off-street bike path
  • New trees in boulevard
  • Bus stop improvements at Brooksbank Ave

Construction on Cotton Road will begin on June 10 and will end in February 2020. There will be daytime work. There will be moderate traffic impacts that will require single-lane closures on Cotton Road. Traffic will be accommodated on the road; however, there may be delays and detours at times.

Hours of construction are within the City’s noise by-law. Business access and on-street parking will not be affected.

Significant construction is underway along Marine Drive on the North Shore to accommodate the new R2 RapidBus service that will transport people between Park Royal and Phibbs Exchange. During this construction, contractors have discovered several unexpected underground utility works that are taking extra time to work around or move.

As a result, we are shifting the planned launch date for the R2 route and the new service is now expected to launch in Spring 2020. Our construction schedule has also been impacted by other construction projects occurring simultaneously along this corridor, which require accommodation.

We look forward to delivering this new service to the people on the North Shore. We will provide an update on the new launch timeline for R2 as soon as it is confirmed.