Marine-Main R2 RapidBus Upgrades

The Marine-Main R2 Rapidbus upgrades were completed in 2024. We partnered with TransLink to make upgrades to a section of the eastbound R2 Marine-Main RapidBus corridor. The purpose of this work was to improve bus speed and reliability along East 3rd Street and Cotton Road by extending the eastbound transit priority lane between Queensbury and Gladstone. 

Previously, the transit lane ended at Queensbury, requiring buses to merge into the general travel lane until Gladstone. As a result, this segment experienced the greatest delay along the R2 corridor, resulting in slow, unreliable service and over 320,000 minutes per year sitting idle in traffic. The completed upgrades greatly improve transit travel times and provide a more reliable experience for the 40,000 transit customers who travel along this corridor each month. This project also provided an opportunity to make improvements for pedestrians and cyclists along the corridor, including a separated eastbound mobility lane on Cotton Road.

mobility laneOverall construction activities included:

  • Removing and rebuilding new concrete medians
  • Relocating traffic signal poles and light poles
  • Removing and adding new paint lines
  • Removing three trees at the southeast corner of Cotton Road and Gladstone
  • Transplanting five trees east of Heywood Street to a new location
  • Asphalt paving

  •  new rapid bus project area

View road upgrades

Click the image below to view the full corridor design and road upgrades:


RapidBus design


About the Marine-Main R2 RapidBus

The R2 RapidBus is high-capacity express bus service that travels along Marine Drive, 3rd Street, Cotton Road and Main Street, connecting Park Royal and Phibbs Exchange in 10 stops. It operates between 6am – 1am, 7 days a week, and runs every 10 minutes during peak times. There are six stops in the City: Hamilton, Bewicke, Lonsdale Quay, Lonsdale at 3rd, Ridgeway, and Brooksbank.  The route launched in April 2020, as part of TransLink’s RapidBus network and provides faster, more frequent and reliable bus service to more than 40,000 people per month. 

RapidBus Benefits


Benefits of the new RapidBus project: Frequent all day service, fast and reliable, new look and features.


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