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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

 

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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.

Aug. 12, 2019

District of West Vancouver: Marine Dr. from Taylor Way to Park Royal

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

Construction will take place intermittingly for two weeks starting in mid August, varying between daytime and overnight construction. Work will take place during the day between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. and between 7 p.m. and 4 a.m. on some nights.

Single-lane closures will be required for overnight work. Roadside signage will be in place to advise of the closures. We expect these closures may have minimal traffic impacts. During overnight work, residents can expect noise associated with light construction machinery, and line painting, as well as some construction lighting. We are seeking a noise variance from the District of West Vancouver to allow nighttime work to take place.

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. 

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.

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