City of North Vancouver is working with Translink to construct an eastbound transit priority lane extension between Queensbury and Gladstone Avenues.
According to a staff report, within the City, the location with the next greatest potential for speed and reliability improvement is 3rd Street, just east of Queensbury Avenue. But the eastbound transit priority lane ends here, requiring transit vehicles to merge into the general purpose travel lane, causing delays.
During the afternoon rush hour, most notably during incidents on the lronworkers Memorial Bridge, transit vehicles experience substantial delay, upwards of 6 minutes, through this short segment. A typical trip between Ridgeway and Brooksbank Avenues, outside of peak hours, takes about 3 minutes. During the afternoon rush, that same trip typically takes about 5 ½ minutes, but about once per week it can take 9 minutes or more.
According to the report, this impacts the overall reliability and competitiveness of the transit service. These travel time fluctuations reflect the average over a seven month period, and travel times and variability vary even more in some months.
Staff and Translink are working to complete the eastbound transit priority lane between Queensbury and Gladstone Avenues with minimal impacts to other road users.
Construction is likely to begin next year on this transit lane.