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Marine-Main B-Line

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

The B-Line 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.


Construction Updates

Construction of the B-Line started June 10. Expect delays and detours in construction areas. 

Marine Drive between Mackay and 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.

This work begins July 2, and will take approximately three months to complete. At times, lane closures will be necessary, requiring eastbound and westbound cyclists and vehicles to share the travel lane.

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, limited tree trimming and the removal of approximately six trees is required in order to widen the road. 

This work started June 10, and will take approximately three months to complete. At times, lane closures will be necessary during off-peak hours, requiring east-bound cyclists and vehicles to share the travel lane. 

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. 

This work begins June 17, and will take approximately three months to complete. At times, lane closures will be necessary, requiring eastbound and westbound cyclists and vehicles to share the travel lane.

B-Line Interactive Map - NEW!

We've got a new interactive map that highlights the key B-Line 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!

Click to Launch Bline Interactive Map | City of North Vancouver

Making Space for the B-Line

The B-Line 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 B-Line buses move more efficiently:


Creating Transit Priority Lanes
  • Dedicated travel lanes for B-Line & 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 is coordinated at a series of intersections to improve traffic flow

  • Maintaining Bike Lanes
  • All existing bike lanes maintained
  • Some separated off-street (clarify if these are new)
  • Some sections shared with buses and vehicles turning right
Enhancing B-Line Stops
  • All-door boarding
  • Real-time bus arrival information
  • 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

Jennifer Draper, Manager Transportation Planning
Phone: 604-983-7343
Email: jdraper@cnv.org

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