R4: 41st Ave

TransLink, the City of Vancouver and UBC are introducing a new RapidBus service along 41st Avenue connecting UBC, the Canada Line and the Expo Line with fast and reliable transit service. The 41st Avenue corridor is the second busiest bus corridor in the region after Broadway serving 35,000 trips every day and more than 11 million per year.

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 3-6 min 8 min 4-6 min 8 min 15 min
Weekend 8 min 8 min 8 min 8 min 15 min

 

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TransLink is introducing a new RapidBus service along 41st Avenue, the second busiest bus corridor in the region after Broadway. Passengers on the 41 and 43 bus routes, which travel along 41st Avenue, take 35,000 trips along this corridor every day and more than 11 million per year.

The new RapidBus will replace the current 43 Express Bus Route and feature the following changes:

Improvements New RapidBus Current 43 bus route
More frequent service Every 3-6 minutes at peak times* and 8-15 minutes at non-peak times Every 7-8 minutes at peak times* and 10-15 minutes at non-peak times
Extended hours 6 a.m. to 1 a.m., every day 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday to Friday
New buses Brand new, diesel-electric-hybrid buses that are longer, with all-door boarding and air conditioning Buses vary in length; all are diesel powered and none have air conditioning
New bus-stop amenities Real-time bus information displays, added benches No real-time bus information displays, limited benches

There will also be changes to existing local routes to accommodate the new 41st Avenue RapidBus.

Future changes to local service

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 RapidBus*

Route 43

  • Discontinue and reinvest service hours into new RapidBus

Route 49

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

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.

Key changes include:

  • Implementing bus-priority lanes
  • Parking removal/restrictions when travel capacity is needed most
  • Installing left/right turn bays at key intersections

Bus-priority measures will benefit a large portion of travellers on this corridor:

  • During peak times, transit carries 40-60% of people travelling on 41st Avenue between Dunbar and Granville.
  • There are eight bus routes that use 41st Avenue for all or some of their route. They will all benefit from the street changes and experience increased travel times.

For details on the transit priority projects planned on 41st Avenue, see the map and project descriptions below.

R4 41st Ave Transit Priority Measures - Map that displays the route and projects

  • Change parking regulations on both sides so that buses have priority from 7am to 7pm.
  • Add a queue jump lane for buses at Kingsway and Joyce to give buses priority
  • Extended parking restrictions, effective 7am to 7pm, seven days a week, on both sides of the street from Victoria Dr. to Kingsway.
  • Installation of a northbound queue jump lane for buses at the Joyce St. and Kingsway intersection. The queue jump lane allows buses to bypass the lineup of cars and stop at the front of the intersection, reducing delays.
  • New RapidBus bus stops on the north side of the street at Victoria Dr. and on both sides at Kingsway, separate from the regular 41 bus stops. Eastbound RapidBus buses will stop at Kingsway instead of at School Ave, where the 43 bus currently stops.
  • New amenities, such as real-time bus information displays and possibly new seating.
  • The bus-priority lanes and parking restrictions are expected to be implemented in the summer of 2019.
  • Installation of bus-priority lanes on both sides of the street, from Main St. to Victoria Dr. This will result in the removal of parking from both sides of the street while the bus-priority lane is operational (7am to 7pm, seven days per week). Parking will be restored outside of these hours in the evening and overnight. The existing two general vehicle lanes in both directions will remain.
  • RapidBus bus stops on both sides of the street at Main St., Fraser St., and on the north side of the street at Victoria Dr., separate from the regular 41 bus stops.
  • Shared RapidBus and 41 bus stops on both sides of the street at Knight St. and on the south side of the street at Victoria Dr. (Shared RapidBus stop on south side of Knight St. is currently at Culloden St. and will be moved to its planned location on the east side of Knight St when the development on the southeast corner of 41st Ave. and Knight St. is complete).
  • New amenities, such as real-time bus information displays and possibly new seating.
  • Removal of the pedestrian crossing at St. Catherines St.
  • Upgrade the crosswalk at Ross St. to a pedestrian activated crossing, currently planned for 2020.
  • The bus-priority lanes and parking restrictions are expected to be implemented in the summer of 2019.
  • Implementation of bus-priority lanes, in both directions, between Cambie St. and Main St. This will result in the removal of parking on both sides of the street while the bus-priority lanes are operational (7am to 7pm, seven days per week). Unregulated parking will be restored outside of those hours in the evening and overnight. The four existing general vehicle travel lanes, two in each direction, will remain.
  • New amenities, such as real-time bus information displays and possibly new seating.
  • Separation of RapidBus bus stops from regular 41 bus stops on west side of Main St.
  • The bus-priority lanes and parking restrictions are expected to be implemented in the summer of 2019.
  • Installation of a bus-priority lane eastbound from Oak St. to mid-block between Oak St. and Willow St. This will result in the removal of parking while the bus-priority lane is operational (7am to 7pm, seven days a week). Parking will revert back outside of these hours in the evening and night.
  • Installation of a bus-priority lane westbound from Cambie St. to mid-block between Oak St. and Willow St. This will result in the removal of parking while the bus-priority lane is operational. (7am to 7pm, seven days a week). Parking will revert back outside of these hours in the evening and night. The existing two general vehicle lanes in both directions will remain.
  • New RapidBus bus stop at Oak St., separate from the regular 41 bus stop.
  • Switching the eastbound RapidBus stop (currently 43 bus stop) with the 41 bus stop on the west side of Cambie St., so that the RapidBus stop is closer to the Canada Line Station at Cambie St., and the 41 bus stop is closer to Ash St. (This configuration may be adjusted when the Oakridge Centre redevelopment design is finalized.)
  • Relocation of the westbound RapidBus stop (currently 43 bus stop) from the west side of Ash St. to the east side of Ash St. after completion of the development at 585 W 41st Ave.
  • New amenities, such as real-time bus information displays and possibly new seating.
  • Installation of a bus-priority lane eastbound from Cambie St. to Willow St. is planned. The lane configuration, including for buses, is subject to change in the near term due to ongoing construction in this area.
  • The bus-priority lanes and parking restrictions are expected to be implemented in the summer of 2019.
  • Installation of a bus-priority lane eastbound from Maple St. to just west of Granville St. and from just east of Granville St. to Oak St.
  • This will result in the removal of parking on the north side of the street from Maple St. to Oak St. (no parking anytime).
  • This will result in the removal of parking on the south side of the street from Maple St. to Oak St. while the bus-priority lane is operational (7am to 7pm, seven days a week). Parking will revert back outside of these hours in the evening and night.
  • The existing two general vehicle lanes in both directions will remain.
  • New RapidBus bus stops at Granville St. and Oak St., separate from the regular 41 bus stops.
  • New amenities, such as real-time bus information displays and possibly new seating.
  • The bus-priority lanes and parking restrictions are expected to be implemented in the summer of 2019.

Given the complexity of local access issues in the neighbourhood, most changes presented in the February public open house will not be proceeding this year. Instead, we will be conducting further engagement with the community in the coming months to better respond to the needs of the neighbourhood and optimize bus service through this section so that transit-priority measures can be implemented by the fall of 2020.

The changes that are expected to be completed in the fall of 2019 are:

  • Relocation of joint RapidBus/ Route 41 bus stops (currently Route 43/41 bus stops) from the west side of West Boulevard to the east side of East Boulevard.
  • New amenities, such as real-time bus information displays and possibly new seating.
  • Installation of a bus-priority lane eastbound from just east of Dunbar St. to just west of MacDonald St.
  • Parking will generally remain on the south side from Dunbar St. to Carnarvon St., adjacent to the bus lane which will be in operation 24 hours per day. Some limited additional parking removal will be required to make room for bus stops and left turn bays. On the north side of the street there will be two westbound general-purpose lanes. Parking will not be permitted on the north side of the street between 7am and 7pm. Parking will be permitted in the evening and through the night.
  • Between Carnarvon St. and MacDonald St., full time parking will be retained on the north side of the street, along with two westbound general-purpose lanes. On the south side, there will be one general purpose travel lane, as there is currently, along with a bus priority lane. The bus lane will be in effect from 7am to 7pm and will revert back to parking outside of those hours (in the evening and night).
  • New left turn bays for westbound and eastbound traffic on 41st Ave. to turn onto Dunbar St., Blenheim St., and Carnarvon St.
  • New RapidBus bus stops at Dunbar St. and Carnarvon St., separate from the regular 41 bus stops, with the exception of the westbound bus stop at Dunbar St., which will serve both the RapidBus and 41 bus.
  • New amenities, such as real-time bus information displays and possibly new seating
  • The bus-priority lanes and parking restrictions are expected to be implemented in the summer of 2019.
  • Installation of bus-priority lanes, westbound from Dunbar St. to Holland St., and eastbound from Holland St. to Alma St. This will result in the removal of parking on both sides of the street while the bus-priority lanes are operational (7am to 7pm, seven days a week). Parking will revert back outside of these hours in the evening and overnight. The existing single vehicle travel lane in both directions will remain.
  • The 41 bus will terminate at Crown St. and use Crown St. and SW Marine Dr to turn around. As noted, the 41 bus will become an electric trolley bus route.
  • New left turn bays for westbound and eastbound traffic on 41st Ave to turn onto Crown St. and Dunbar St.
  • New RapidBus bus stop for eastbound buses east of Dunbar St., separate from the regular 41 bus stop between Alma St. and Dunbar St.
  • New amenities, such as real-time bus information displays and possibly new seating.
  • The bus-priority lanes and parking restrictions are expected to be implemented in the summer of 2019.

Short-term look ahead

Aug. 16, 2019

UBC: Wesbrook Mall

Preparation work for new bus stop signage will start on August 23 and take approximately one week to complete. Work will continue along Wesbrook Mall after preparation is complete. Another update will be provided closer to the start of that work.

Single-lane closures will remain in place to allow for the work. Roadside signage will be in place to advise of the closures. This will have little impact to roadway users.

City of Vancouver: Construction on 41st Avenue begins June 17. For information about street changes and construction on 41st Avenue, please visit the City of Vancouver’s 41st Avenue RapidBus page.