B-Line

Update: January 17

West Vancouver Council has requested a comprehensive four to six-week consultation that will include 10 meetings, pop-up displays and online engagement. Subject to Council’s approval of the engagement plan, nine stakeholder meetings will be held the weeks of February 4, February 11 and February 18 and one community meeting will take place on February 21.

Please note: The meeting previously scheduled for January 24 has been moved to February 21.

The Proposed B-Line

Four new rapid-service B-Line routes will be coming to Metro Vancouver in 2019, as part of Phase One of the Mayors’ Council 10-Year Vision.

The Marine-Main B-Line (Dundarave to Phibbs Exchange) will connect the North Shore and will have four stops in West Vancouver: 24th Street, 21st Street, 14th Street, and Park Royal.

Discussion to date

There has been much discussion in the community about the proposed B-Line from Dundarave to Phibbs exchange. We know residents are passionate about our community and want what‘s best for West Vancouver.

West Vancouver Council received more information from TransLink on Monday, January 7, and has determined to proceed with further public information sessions and consultation.

What form will the consultation take?

The B-Line is a TransLink project that is being proposed for West Vancouver. The details of the project have already been carefully considered.

We will provide more information than we have had in the past and there will be different ways to provide feedback: a series of small group meetings, a community meeting or meetings, pop-up displays in the community, online information and a survey.

Council wants to hear from everyone so that we can make the best decision for West Vancouver.

Next steps

The District is developing community consultation that will include community meetings and online information. The consultation will take place in February. Dates, times and locations will be provided On January 28

When will Council discuss the B-Line at a Council meeting?

The results of the consultation will be presented to Council in March for their consideration.

Although the B-Line was not planned to be on the January 14 agenda, Council amended the agenda after the meeting was called to order to allow those in attendance an opportunity to speak to it under New Business.

Thanks to everyone who came to Council to share their concerns on the proposed B-Line. We’re looking forward to having as many people as possible take part in the community consultation over the next 4-6 weeks

Watch for details to be posted here as they become available, or subscribe to receive email updates from the District.

Update: January 17

West Vancouver Council has requested a comprehensive four to six-week consultation that will include 10 meetings, pop-up displays and online engagement. Subject to Council’s approval of the engagement plan, nine stakeholder meetings will be held the weeks of February 4, February 11 and February 18 and one community meeting will take place on February 21.

Please note: The meeting previously scheduled for January 24 has been moved to February 21.

The Proposed B-Line

Four new rapid-service B-Line routes will be coming to Metro Vancouver in 2019, as part of Phase One of the Mayors’ Council 10-Year Vision.

The Marine-Main B-Line (Dundarave to Phibbs Exchange) will connect the North Shore and will have four stops in West Vancouver: 24th Street, 21st Street, 14th Street, and Park Royal.

Discussion to date

There has been much discussion in the community about the proposed B-Line from Dundarave to Phibbs exchange. We know residents are passionate about our community and want what‘s best for West Vancouver.

West Vancouver Council received more information from TransLink on Monday, January 7, and has determined to proceed with further public information sessions and consultation.

What form will the consultation take?

The B-Line is a TransLink project that is being proposed for West Vancouver. The details of the project have already been carefully considered.

We will provide more information than we have had in the past and there will be different ways to provide feedback: a series of small group meetings, a community meeting or meetings, pop-up displays in the community, online information and a survey.

Council wants to hear from everyone so that we can make the best decision for West Vancouver.

Next steps

The District is developing community consultation that will include community meetings and online information. The consultation will take place in February. Dates, times and locations will be provided On January 28

When will Council discuss the B-Line at a Council meeting?

The results of the consultation will be presented to Council in March for their consideration.

Although the B-Line was not planned to be on the January 14 agenda, Council amended the agenda after the meeting was called to order to allow those in attendance an opportunity to speak to it under New Business.

Thanks to everyone who came to Council to share their concerns on the proposed B-Line. We’re looking forward to having as many people as possible take part in the community consultation over the next 4-6 weeks

Watch for details to be posted here as they become available, or subscribe to receive email updates from the District.

  • Why West Vancouver needs the B-Line

    21 days ago
    The Official Community Plan policy 2.4.8 specifically says “Support the expansion of frequent transit services, prioritizing connections between Park Royal and Dundarave by expanding bus priority measures and transit-supportive road treatments along Marine Drive to improve reliability and speed of transit service, and to facilitate future rapid bus service.”

    Throughout the OCP engagement process, we heard significant interest in expanding housing and transportation choices as well as concern about climate change and social equity. The relationship between these topics is important to understand.

    For example, providing transportation options for those who cannot drive (for reasons of age, health or income)...
    The Official Community Plan policy 2.4.8 specifically says “Support the expansion of frequent transit services, prioritizing connections between Park Royal and Dundarave by expanding bus priority measures and transit-supportive road treatments along Marine Drive to improve reliability and speed of transit service, and to facilitate future rapid bus service.”

    Throughout the OCP engagement process, we heard significant interest in expanding housing and transportation choices as well as concern about climate change and social equity. The relationship between these topics is important to understand.

    For example, providing transportation options for those who cannot drive (for reasons of age, health or income) is a component of social equity.

    Reducing automobile dependence is a component of addressing climate change.

    The lack of affordable housing means that nearly three-quarters of our workforce and approximately one-quarter of our school students commute into West Vancouver every day. This contributes to traffic congestion, road maintenance costs, pedestrian safety concerns, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

    Further, 80% of West Vancouver residents drive to work in and through the community.
  • The Integrated North Shore Transportation Planning Project (INSTPP) supports the B-Line

    21 days ago

    To address the North Shore’s traffic congestion issue, a multi-level government initiative comprising both elected and technical representatives known as the Integrated North Shore Transportation Planning Project was recently completed. The INSTPP report finds that there’s no single solution that will reduce congestion, but there are a series of incremental measures that will make a difference.

    The proposed B-Line is one of those measures.


    To address the North Shore’s traffic congestion issue, a multi-level government initiative comprising both elected and technical representatives known as the Integrated North Shore Transportation Planning Project was recently completed. The INSTPP report finds that there’s no single solution that will reduce congestion, but there are a series of incremental measures that will make a difference.

    The proposed B-Line is one of those measures.


  • There is a real need for buses in Ambleside and Dundarave

    21 days ago

    We can’t simply expand the road infrastructure, so we need to focus on transporting more people through our existing roadway systems, and transit helps with that. In fact, buses represent 4% of the vehicles through Ambleside but move 35% of all the people travelling in Ambleside!

    Automated Passenger Counters on the buses and Compass card data show there are 20,800 boardings on West Vancouver buses each day.

    Many passengers depend on transit to come to West Vancouver for work or school from other parts of the North Shore, Vancouver, and even beyond.

    In fact, over 4,000 boardings occur daily between...

    We can’t simply expand the road infrastructure, so we need to focus on transporting more people through our existing roadway systems, and transit helps with that. In fact, buses represent 4% of the vehicles through Ambleside but move 35% of all the people travelling in Ambleside!

    Automated Passenger Counters on the buses and Compass card data show there are 20,800 boardings on West Vancouver buses each day.

    Many passengers depend on transit to come to West Vancouver for work or school from other parts of the North Shore, Vancouver, and even beyond.

    In fact, over 4,000 boardings occur daily between Dundarave and Ambleside alone, including students, seniors, and those not able to drive.


  • Plan benefits for West Vancouver

    21 days ago
    • More reliable public transportation supports local businesses by making the commute to West Vancouver less of an obstacle to employees
    • Employees who take transit to work don’t take up parking spots
    • Employees and students who take transit also remove cars from West Vancouver’s roads
    • Residents who don’t have the option of driving have better access to transit
    • Effective transit will bring more customers to West Vancouver business areas because they don’t have to deal with traffic and parking issues
    • Extended bus operating hours (6 a.m. to 1 a.m.)
    • More frequent service (every 8 minutes)
    • Direct service from West Vancouver to...

    • More reliable public transportation supports local businesses by making the commute to West Vancouver less of an obstacle to employees
    • Employees who take transit to work don’t take up parking spots
    • Employees and students who take transit also remove cars from West Vancouver’s roads
    • Residents who don’t have the option of driving have better access to transit
    • Effective transit will bring more customers to West Vancouver business areas because they don’t have to deal with traffic and parking issues
    • Extended bus operating hours (6 a.m. to 1 a.m.)
    • More frequent service (every 8 minutes)
    • Direct service from West Vancouver to Lonsdale Quay and the Seabus

  • The proposed plan

    21 days ago

    No lane closures are involved

    The proposed street changes do not close lanes. The proposed changes provide priority measures for all types of traffic using the roads.

    Currently, car traffic gets stuck behind vehicles parking or turning right in the right lane, and behind left-turners in the left lane. The proposal is to create a priority lane for car traffic in the centre lane. Dedicated left turn bays on Marine Drive at 13th, 15th and 17th will improve the flow of through-traffic, as will the elimination of left turns at 14th and 16th Streets.

    With through-traffic in the centre lane,...

    No lane closures are involved

    The proposed street changes do not close lanes. The proposed changes provide priority measures for all types of traffic using the roads.

    Currently, car traffic gets stuck behind vehicles parking or turning right in the right lane, and behind left-turners in the left lane. The proposal is to create a priority lane for car traffic in the centre lane. Dedicated left turn bays on Marine Drive at 13th, 15th and 17th will improve the flow of through-traffic, as will the elimination of left turns at 14th and 16th Streets.

    With through-traffic in the centre lane, the right lane will be for cars parking, cars turning right, and buses.

    Proposed parking loss is minimal

    The curb lane will be retained for street parking. A small number of parking spots (approximately 15 of more than 500 spots) will be taken over to provide space for dedicated left turn bays at 13th, 15th and 17th Streets.

  • About TransLink

    21 days ago

    TransLink is a regional transportation authority and is overseen by the Mayors’ Council

    TransLink is governed by the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority Act, responsible for managing and operating the regional transportation system that moves people and goods while supporting the regional growth strategy, provincial and regional environmental objectives, and the economic development of the transportation service region.

    TransLink must prepare a 10-year investment plan every three years and present it to the Mayor’s Council for approval. This becomes a Regional Transportation Strategy. TransLink’s current investment plan, approved by the Mayors’ Council, includes a North Shore B-Line...

    TransLink is a regional transportation authority and is overseen by the Mayors’ Council

    TransLink is governed by the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority Act, responsible for managing and operating the regional transportation system that moves people and goods while supporting the regional growth strategy, provincial and regional environmental objectives, and the economic development of the transportation service region.

    TransLink must prepare a 10-year investment plan every three years and present it to the Mayor’s Council for approval. This becomes a Regional Transportation Strategy. TransLink’s current investment plan, approved by the Mayors’ Council, includes a North Shore B-Line that will relieve congestion and improve east-west transportation across the North Shore.