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Transit Network Review


The 2019 Transit Network Review is a part of our ongoing management of the network. It is a key component in how we identify where to put services to support areas of high ridership, provide transit options in growing areas, and deliver a basic level of transit access across Metro Vancouver.

With the approval of Phase Two of the 10-Year Vision and the reallocation of current resources, we have an opportunity to deliver on more and better service across the region.

Proposed transit network changes for 2020 and 2021 focus on:

  • Delivering service in new areas outlined in the Phase Two of the 10-Year Vision
  • Modifying existing routes to reduce overcrowding and improve reliability


Thank you for participating!

Nov. 12, 2019: Consultation for the October 2019 Transit Network Review has concluded. We've received thousands of responses to the survey and thank everyone that participated! Please check back soon, we'll provide updates on this project in the coming months.

River District Route Map

Proposed Changes and Benefits

Proposed Change

Introduce a new local route connecting River District to Metrotown Station, via Matheson Crescent, all-day, every day.


Why are we proposing these changes?

  • There has been significant residential and commercial development and population growth at River District
  • Customers have been requesting improved access to transit, particularly the Expo Line
  • Delivering on the Phase 2 Investment Plan promise to introduce service to River District


Proposed Span and Frequency

Monday to Friday Saturday Sunday
Frequency: 30 min 30 min 30 min
Span: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.



  • New direct service for residents and businesses in River District connecting to the Expo Line and services at Metrotown all day
  • Improve transit for approximately 25,000 people, more than 4,000 of whom do not currently have access to transit


Additional Information

  • Route 80, a peak-only service between River District and Marine Drive Station, was consulted on in April 2019. This route is planned for implementation in 2020-21; the new 31 is an additional service to River District.
  • Route 31 will use community shuttles.

Phibbs-Metrotown Express Bus Route Map

Proposed Changes and Benefits

Proposed Changes

  • Introduce a new limited-stop route connecting Phibbs Exchange and Metrotown via the Willingdon corridor during peak periods, in both directions
  • Proposed stops:
    • Phibbs Exchange
    • Kootenay Loop
    • Hastings St at Willingdon Ave
    • Brentwood Station
    • BCIT
    • Metrotown Station
  • Discontinue route 125 between Patterson / BCIT (peak-only, peak direction) and reallocate resources to new express bus
  • Truncate the 28 / 130 at Phibbs Exchange and introduce the new 245 Phibbs Exchange / Capilano University route
  • Reallocate resources from proposed service expansion on 231 Harbourside, North Vancouver


Proposed Span and Frequency

Monday to Friday
Frequency 10 min
Span 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m


Why are we proposing these changes?

  • To improve travel time and connections between the North Shore and the SkyTrain system, and destinations south of Burrard Inlet.
  • The Integrated North Shore Transportation Planning Project, a collaboration between municipalities, TransLink, and the Province, recommended an express bus connecting Phibbs Exchange to the SkyTrain network.
  • There is overcrowding on the Willingdon corridor, particularly on route 130, and the express bus will provide additional service and capacity to the busiest stops on the corridor.
  • To provide more reliable and frequent service from Phibbs Exchange to Capilano University.



  • A direct, limited stop service provides a faster journey between the North Shore and the SkyTrain network.
  • There will be 50% more bus trips along the Willingdon corridor during peak times, significantly increasing capacity.
  • The introduction of the 245 will increase travel departure and arrival reliability for customers traveling between Capilano University and Phibbs Exchange.
  • Customers travelling from Metrotown to BCIT will have a non-stop ride.



  • Customers that use route 28 / 130 to access Capilano University will now have to transfer to the new 245 at Phibbs Exchange.
  • Customers using local stops along route 130 will have to wait up to an additional 1.5 minutes during peak times.
  • Improvements to route 231 serving Harbourside will be delayed until further funding is available.


Additional Information

  • Nearly two-thirds of all passengers on route 130 board at one of the 5 stops proposed for the new express bus
  • New route 245 connecting Phibbs Exchange and Capilano University will operate every 8 minutes during peak times. It will serve both loops at Capilano University, thereby increasing choice for customers as the 28/130 only served the upper loop
  • Customers using the 125 will now have a more direct service that operates during the same time as the 125 but starts at Metrotown instead of Patterson. Two stops on Grange St in Burnaby will be discontinued as they are currently only served by route 125
  • Shortening routes 28 and 130 will improve their reliability by providing more opportunity for them to recover from delays on the bridge
  • There is not enough demand on the 231 Harbourside yet and the North Shore municipalities have reprioritized the funding to this new service

In spring 2019, we consulted on changes to routes in Richmond, Surrey, and Vancouver. The proposed changes can be found in our Transit Network Summary Sheet.


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