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Marine Drive RapidBus

The City and neighbouring North Shore municipalities are working with TransLink to plan and design the Marine Drive RapidBus route (formerly the Marine-Main B-Line). The RapidBus is a high capacity express bus service that will run from West Vancouver to Phibbs Exchange.

The RapidBus will provide efficient and dependable bus service from 6am – 1am, 7 days a week. At peak times, it will run every 8 minutes. During non-peak times buses will run every 10-15 minutes. There will be six stops in the City: Hamilton, Bewicke, Lonsdale Quay, Lonsdale at 3rd, Ridgeway and Brooksbank.


Try Our RapidBus Interactive Map

Take a look at our interactive map, which highlights the key Marine Drive RapidBus related changes in the City of North Vancouver. Numbered points indicate areas where you can zoom in to see new features and changes. Have fun exploring!

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Construction Updates

Construction of the Marine Drive RapidBus route is underway. Expect delays and detours in construction areas. 


3rd street between Lonsdale & Queensbury

Work includes:

  • Creation of a dedicated eastbound bus, bicycle lane, and right turn lane
  • Bus stop improvements at Ridgeway
  • Paving

To make way for the bus, bicycle lane, and right turn lane, limited tree removal of approximately four trees is required in order to widen the road.  Expect delays and detours.
Completion expected March 2020.


Marine Drive between Mackay & Bewicke

Work includes:

  • Creation of a westbound lane for buses, cyclists and vehicles turning right by reducing existing median
  • New bus shelters
  • Paving

To make way for the westbound lane by reducing the existing median, the trees in the median between Hamilton and Hanes will be removed. New trees and shrubs will be planted in the median. Expect delays and detours.
Completion expected February 2020.


Cotton Road | Gladstone to Brooksbank

Work includes:

  • Adjustments to the south curb to accommodate an eastbound bus lane
  • Creation of an eastbound off-street bike path
  • Bus stop improvements at Brooksbank Ave
  • Utility installation and paving

To make way for the bike-path and bus lane, 26 trees along Cotton Road must be removed. Replacement trees will be replanted in the boulevard once construction is complete. Expect delays and detours.
Completion expected February 2020.


E 3rd Street | Queensbury to Heywood

Work includes:

  • Creation of an eastbound bus lane
  • Protected east and westbound bike lanes on the 3rd St hill
  • Paving

To make way for the bike path and bus lane, limited tree removal of approximately four trees is required in order to widen the road. Expect delays and detours.
Completion expected December 2019.


Esplanade & Lonsdale

Work includes:

  • Creation of left turn lanes on Esplanade at Chesterfield, Rogers and Lonsdale
  • Adding new signals and pedestrian crossings at Esplanade and Rogers as well as Lonsdale at 1st and 2nd
  • Paving

To make way for the new left turn lanes, limited curb removal will be required on Esplanade at Lonsdale and Chesterfield in order to widen the road. Expect delays and detours.
Completion expected March 2020.

 

Making Space for the RapidBus

The RapidBus route is being designed to accommodate bus lanes while keeping two regular traffic lanes in each direction. No general travel lanes will be removed.

The additional space will be gained by:

  • pushing back curbs and sidewalks in some locations
  • shifting some lanes
  • reallocating some median space
  • adding parking restrictions in some area during peak times

Vehicles will still be able to make right and left turns. Additional left-hand turn lanes are being added to improve traffic flow at some intersections.


Changes to help the RapidBus move more efficiently:


Creating Transit Priority Lanes
  • Dedicated travel lanes for RapidBus & local buses
  • Will also allow right turning vehicles and cyclists
Queue Jumping / Bus Priority Signal
  • A special signal for buses only, allowing them to jump the traffic queue when they enter areas without transit priority lanes


Synchronizing Traffic Signals
  • Timing of green lights will be coordinated at a series of intersections to improve traffic flow
Enhancing RapidBus Stops
  • All-door boarding
  • Real-time information at stops
  • Shelters
  • Tactile walking surface indicators for those with visual impairment
  • Audible information for those with sight impairment


Contact Info

Karyn Magnusson, Deputy Director-Engineering
Phone: 604-983-7338
Email: kmagnusson@cnv.org

Andrew Devlin, Manager Transportation Planning
Phone: 604-983-7339
Email: adevlin@cnv.org

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