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RapidBus Program

Get ready for faster trips, less waiting and more free time! RapidBus is a new bus service launching in January 2020 as part of the Mayors' 10-Year Vision. We’re introducing three new RapidBus routes and upgrading two existing B-Lines to the new brand.

 

 

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Frequent All-Day Service
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Fast & Reliable
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New Look & Features
  • 3- 10 minutes in peak times
  • 8-15 minutes at other times
  • Service from 6 a.m. to midnight, or better
  • Less stopping
  • Board at any door
  • Redesigned streets to prioritize transit
  • New Hybrid articulated buses
  • Distinctive bus branding
  • Real-time information at stops

 

RapidBus & B-Line Network Map

RapidBus will launch in January 2020, bringing new, rapid-bus service to nine communities across the region. We will share the exact launch date once it’s confirmed, so customers can start planning for shorter bus trips and faster commutes.

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 changes—also referred to as bus-priority measures—include changes to traffic signals, turn restrictions, introducing dedicated bus lanes and more. 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.

In spring 2018 we consulted on the service and stops for the new routes, 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 routes, stops, and potential transit-priority measures and made some changes based on feedback. For up to date information on the service plan for each corridor see the route specific pages. For more information on what we heard during consultation, please see the consultation report.

 

  • R1: King George Blvd

    The 96 B-Line, which already delivers faster and more reliable service, is being upgraded to a RapidBus in January 2020. Customers along this corridor will catch a blue and green bus called the "R1 King George Boulevard".

    As part of its upgrade to RapidBus service, customers on this route will benefit from new buses and customer amenities.

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

     

  • R2: Marine Dr

    The Marine Drive RapidBus will connect West Vancouver and North Vancouver with high-frequency, limited-stop bus service that runs every 8-15 minutes all day, every day. 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 between February and April 2020. Please see the Launch Timelines tab below for more details.

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

    Short-term look ahead

    Aug. 30, 2019

    City of North Vancouver: Cotton Road 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 started in early June and will take approximately six months. We anticipate moderate traffic impacts with lane closures on Cotton Road. Traffic will be accommodated on the road; however, there may be delays and detours at times. Business access and on-street parking will not be affected.

    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 intermittingly from late August to late November on Monday - Friday nights, 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 and 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.

    Aug. 26, 2019

    District of North Vancouver: Oxford St. and Phibbs Exchange

    • Modifying three bus bays
    • Relocating the pedestrian crossing in the exchange to help with customer and bus flow
    • Removing the median at the entrance on Main St. to accommodate a left-hand turn lane for buses
    • Installing temporary bus stops and sidewalks on Oxford St.
    • Temporarily removing parking on the southeast portion of Oxford St.

    Construction will take place from late August to late October with the majority of work occurring during the day. Three bus bays will be modified, with work happening for approximately two weeks per bay. The stops will be temporarily relocated onto Oxford St. Signage will be in place to direct customers. A bus-triggered, temporary signal will be installed at the Main Street entrance of the exchange to help with customer and bus flow.

    Starting on September 10, for approximately one week, overnight work will occur Monday - Friday nights, between 7:30 p.m. and 5 a.m. During this time, neighbours can expect noise associated with light construction, including laying asphalt and installing bus stop posts, as well as some construction lighting. We are completing this work at night to help speed up construction along Oxford St.

    Together with the contractor, we are making every effort to minimize the impact of this construction activity on neighbours and customers. The District of North Vancouver has been informed of this work.

    District of North Vancouver: Oxford St. and Phibbs Exchange

    • Modifying three bus bays
    • Relocating the pedestrian crossing in the exchange to help with customer and bus flow
    • Removing the median at the entrance on Main St. to accommodate a left-hand turn lane for buses
    • Installing temporary bus stops and sidewalks on Oxford St.
    • Temporarily removing parking on the southeast portion of Oxford St.

    Construction will take place from late August to late October with the majority of work occurring during the day. Three bus bays will be modified, with work happening for approximately two weeks per bay. The stops will be temporarily relocated onto Oxford St. Signage will be in place to direct customers. A bus-triggered, temporary signal will be installed at the Main Street entrance of the exchange to help with customer and bus flow.

    Starting on September 10, for approximately one week, overnight work will occur Monday - Friday nights, between 7:30 p.m. and 5 a.m. During this time, neighbours can expect noise associated with light construction, including laying asphalt and installing bus stop posts, as well as some construction lighting. We are completing this work at night to help speed up construction along Oxford St.

    Together with the contractor, we are making every effort to minimize the impact of this construction activity on neighbours and customers. The District of North Vancouver has been informed of this work.

    July 20, 2019

    City of North Vancouver: Esplanade W from Chesterfield Ave. to Lonsdale Ave.

    • New traffic signals  
    • Changes to the sidewalks and curbs, including removal and pouring of new concrete
    • Paving and line painting

    Construction will start in late July and take approximately three months to complete. There will be moderate traffic impacts that will require lane closures on Esplanade W. 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 bylaw.

    July 1, 2019

    City of North Vancouver: Mackay Ave. to Bewicke Ave.

    • Creation of a westbound lane for buses, cyclists, and vehicles turning right
    • New bus stop shelters, in partnership with the City 
    • Changes to the curbs and medians, including removal and pouring of new concrete
    • Paving

    Construction will start at the beginning of July and will end approximately mid-September. There will be moderate traffic impacts that will require lane closures on Marine Dr. 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.

    June 17, 2019

    City of North Vancouver: E 3rd St. from Queensbury Ave. to St. Andrews Ave.

    • Creation of an Eastbound bus lane
    • Changes to the sidewalks and curbs, including removal and pouring of new concrete 
    • Paving

    Construction will start in mid June and take approximately four months to complete. There will be moderate traffic impacts that will require lane closures on E 3rd Street. 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.

    Week of June 24, 2019

    District of North Vancouver: Marine Dr. from Capilano Rd. to Pemberton Ave.

    • New bus stop shelters, in partnership with the District
    • Line painting

    Construction will take place intermittingly until late September. During this time, residents can expect noise associated with light construction machinery, concrete removal and pouring and 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.

    June 10, 2019

    City of North Vancouver: 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
    • Bus stop improvements at Brooksbank Ave

    Construction on Cotton Road will begin on June 10 and end in December. There will be daytime and nighttime work. There will be moderate traffic impacts that will require 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. To make way for the bike path and bus lane, 26 trees along Cotton Road will be removed. 30 replacement trees will be replanted in the boulevard once construction is complete. 

    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 a few weeks later – between February and April. 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.

  • R3: Lougheed Hwy

    The Lougheed RapidBus will bring rapid bus service to this important corridor for the first time, connecting the communities of Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam and Coquitlam with fast and reliable bus service that rivals the speed of SkyTrain.

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

     

    Detailed PDF Map

     

    The new Lougheed Hwy RapidBus will connect people to Coquitlam Central SkyTrain Station with the flexibility and convenience of all-day service that runs every 10 minutes at peak times. Of the five RapidBuses TransLink is launching in January 2020, the Lougheed RapidBus has the best time savings because its route takes it primarily over a highway. A trip from Maple Ridge to Coquitlam Central Station will take 30-37 minutes.

    Today, there are eight bus routes that travel along Lougheed moving a combined total of 18,500 passengers/day. All eight buses will see time savings from the street changes we're making.

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

    There will be no change to the existing 701 service.

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

    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 Lougheed Highway, see the map below.

    R3 Transit Priority Measures - Map displaying route and projects

    Bus-access improvements at Coquitlam Central Station

    We're making changes to the parking lot at Coquitlam Central Station and the Bus Exchange to get ready for the new Lougheed Highway RapidBus. Work will begin on July 3 and occur in three phases. Near-term details are as follows.

    July 3, 2019

    Phase 1 (day-time work)

    To access the parking lot, vehicles can continue to enter via the Mariner Way Overpass or from Lougheed Highway just as they do today. Additionally, vehicles can enter and exit the main parking area via the overflow parking lot. Once inside the main parking area, drivers will need to follow signage to access available parking.

    No changes are planned for the bus loop in phase 1.

    Aug. 8, 2019

    Phase 2 (day-time work)

    To access the parking lot, vehicles can continue to enter via the Mariner Way Overpass or from Lougheed Highway just as they do today. Additionally, vehicles can enter and exit the main parking area via the overflow parking lot. Once inside the main parking area, drivers will need to follow signage to access available parking.

    There may be minor changes to the bus loop in phase 2. Some bus stops may be temporarily relocated within the loop. Signage will be in place to advise of stop locations. Customers heading to, and from, SkyTrain will need to follow signage to access the bus loop.

    Aug. 19, 2019

    Phase 3 (nighttime work)

    To access the parking lot, vehicles can continue to enter via the Mariner Way Overpass or from Lougheed Highway just as they do today. Additionally, vehicles can enter and exit the main parking area via the overflow parking lot. Once inside the main parking area, drivers will need to follow signage to access available parking.

    There will be temporary changes to the bus loop in phase 3. Some bus stops may be temporarily relocated within the loop while others will be relocated outside the loop. Signage will be in place to advise of stop locations. Customers heading to, and from, SkyTrain will need to follow signage to access the bus loop.

    Starting September 16, our contractor will begin installing RapidBus bus stops at Haney Place Transit Exchange. This work includes pouring concrete and installing posts and digital signage.

    We anticipate the work will take three to four weeks. The work will not affect other bus stops within the loop.

    Short-term look ahead

    Oct. 7, 2019

    Port Coquitlam: Lougheed Highway from Oxford St. to Ottawa St. and the intersections of Shaughnessy St. and Ottawa St. construction.

    • Changes to the curbs and gutters, including removal and pouring of new concrete.
    • Removal of existing road material and pouring of concrete at new RapidBus stops.
    • Installation of concrete bus pads.
    • Line marking removal and new line marking installation.
    • New signage installation.

    Construction will take approximately three months to complete. We expect construction to last for approximately one month in the areas of the two intersections, with work occurring intermittently along Lougheed Highway from Oxford St. to Ottawa St. work will take place between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Some night work will be required, with crews working between 7 p.m. and 4 a.m.

     

    Shaughnessy St. Construction: On Monday, October 7, the eastbound bus stop on Lougheed Highway at Shaughnessy St. will close for approximately three weeks. A temporary bus stop will be in place on the other side of Shaughnessy St. on Lougheed Highway near the Port Coquitlam Shopping Centre. Signage will be in place to direct customers to the temporary bus stop.

    Aug. 30, 2019

    Port Coquitlam: Lougheed Highway between Westwood St and Jervis St. Construction 

    • Installing new curbs and gutters
    • Modification of traffic island at Westwood and Lougheed intersection
    • Line marking removal and new line marking installation
    • New signage installation

    Construction will start in September and take approximately three weeks to complete. Work will occur between 7am and 5pm, with night crews working between 7 pm and 4 am. We expect moderate traffic impacts as single-lane closures are required on Lougheed Highway. There will be traffic control personnel in place to direct traffic throughout the day. 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 some of this required roadwork at night when there are fewer vehicles on the road.

    Aug. 19, 2019

    Maple Ridge: Golden Ears Way to Haney Place Exchange

    Phase 1

    Starting on August 19, for approximately one week, the following work will be completed:

    • Lane line marking removal

    Starting on September 3, for approximately one week, the following work will be completed:

    • New lane line marking installation

    All work will occur overnight from Monday to Friday. We expect there will be minimal traffic impacts as periodic single-lane closures are required on Lougheed Highway. There will be traffic control personnel in place to direct traffic during lane closures. We are completing this required roadwork at night when there are fewer vehicles on the road.

    During overnight work, nearby residents can expect minimal noise associated with machinery and lighting used for line painting. The City of Maple Ridge has been made aware of the work.

    Phase 2

    Starting late September, for approximately two to three weeks, the following work will be completed:

    • Changes to curbs and gutters at RapidBus stops, including removal and pouring of new concrete
    • Removal of existing road material and pouring of concrete at RapidBus stops
    • New signage, including traffic and bus stop signs

    Single-lane closures will be required for a seven-day period at the new RapidBus stops at once the existing road material is removed and the new concrete is poured to allow the concrete to cure. Roadside signage will be in place to advise of the closures. We expect these closures may cause moderate traffic impacts.

    Aug. 14, 2019

    Pitt Meadows: Dewdney Trunk Road to Old Dewdney Trunk Road

    Phase 1

    Starting on August 14, for approximately two weeks, the following work will be completed:

    • Lane line marking removal

    Starting on September 3, for approximately one week, the following work will be completed:

    • New lane line marking installation

    All work will occur overnight from Monday to Friday. We expect there will be minimal traffic impacts as periodic single-lane closures are required on Lougheed Highway. There will be traffic control personnel in place to direct traffic during lane closures. We are completing this required roadwork at night when there are fewer vehicles on the road.

    During overnight work, nearby residents can expect minimal noise associated with machinery and lighting used for line painting. The City of Pitt Meadows has been made aware of the work.

    Phase 2

    Starting October, for approximately two to three weeks, the following work will be completed:

    • Changes to curbs and gutters at Harris Rd. bus stops, including removal and pouring of new concrete 
    • Removal of existing road material and pouring of concrete at Harris Rd. bus stops  
    • New signage, including traffic and bus stop signs

    Single-lane closures will be required for a seven-day period at the new RapidBus stops at Harris Rd. once the existing road material is removed and the new concrete is poured to allow the concrete to cure. Roadside signage will be in place to advise of the closures. We expect these closures may cause moderate traffic impacts.    

    July 3, 2019

    City of Coquitlam: Barnet/Lougheed Highways – Coquitlam Central Station to Westwood St.

    • Changes to the curbs and gutters, including removal and pouring of new concrete
    • Removal of existing road material and pouring of concrete at new RapidBus stops
    • Line marking removal and new line marking installation
    • New signage installation
    • Creation of a new, multi-use pathway that runs on the south side of Lougheed Highway from Christmas Way to Westwood St., requiring limited tree removal and replanting

    Construction will start July 3 and take approximately three months to complete. Work will take place between 7am and 5pm, with additional night crews working between 7 pm and 4 am, on some nights. We expect there will be moderate traffic impacts as single-lane closures are required on Lougheed Highway. There will be traffic control personnel in place to direct traffic throughout the day and night (when night crews are working).

  • 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 Weekday Weekend
    Morning Peak
    (6 to 9 a.m.)
    3-6 min 8 min
    Midday
    (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
    8 min 8 min
    Afternoon Peak
    (3 to 6 p.m.)
    4-6 min 8 min
    Evening
    (6 to 9 p.m.)
    8 min 8 min
    Late Night
    (9 p.m. to 1 a.m.)
    15 min 15 min

     

    Detailed PDF Map

    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 16 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.

  • R5: Hastings St

    The 95 B-Line, which already delivers faster and more reliable service, is being upgraded to a RapidBus in January 2020. Customers along this corridor will catch a blue and green bus called the "R5 Hastings Street."

    As part of its upgrade to RapidBus service, customers on this route will benefit from new buses and customer amenities.

    Time of Day Weekday Weekend
    Morning Peak
    4-5 min 12 min
    Midday
    7-8 min 12 min
    Afternoon Peak
    5-6 min 10-12 min
    Evening
    12 min 10-12 min
    Late Night
    12-15 min 15 min

     

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