THIS STATEMENT IS NOT GOOD TILL FRIDAY!!!!
Hi Adele...sorry this took so long (holidays etc). I can confirm that we have sorted out the Lions Gate/ Bus lanes issue, although a certain section will still be off limits to motorcyclists for safety reasons. See bullets below from staff
· TransLink, in partnership with the provincial government, federal government and the Districts of North and West Vancouver, recently completed the Marine Drive Bus-Only Lanes and Capilano River Bridge Replacement Project. Among other changes, the project added a new connection for buses headed onto the Lions Gate Bridge, allowing transit commuters to travel on Marine Drive and into Vancouver faster and more reliably.
· As part of the project, a new Bus Priority Phase was added to the signal at the Taylor Way / Marine Drive intersection. This Bus Priority Phase can only be triggered by buses using a series of detector loops and allows eastbound buses on Marine Drive approaching the signal at Taylor Way to bypass queued traffic. As this section of bus lane (eastbound on Marine Drive west of Taylor Way) does not have a dedicated receiving lane, buses are required to change lanes in the intersection. As motorcycles will not trigger this Bus Priority Phase, it would be unsafe to allow motorcycles in this section of bus lane west of Taylor Way, as there would be no available receiving lane.
· The Ministry of Transportation Engineering Department has reviewed the opportunity to continue to allow Motorcycles on the short section of eastbound to southbound bus lane just before the Lions Gate Bridge (east of Taylor Way) and has concluded that the available sight distance is sufficient to allow motorcycles to safety use this lane. It has also been concluded that opening these bus lanes to motorcycles will not degrade bus operations Level of Service through this interchange on approach to Lions Gate Bridge in any significant way.
· The appropriate signage will be installed to allow motorcycles to use the Marine Drive Bus Lanes between Taylor Way and Capilano Road.
Similarly, the bus lane will be opened to motorcycles on Marine Drive westbound approach to the Lions Gate Bridge (between Capilano Road and Lions Gate).
The Ministry's Traffic Engineering Group will continue to monitor the operations of the bus lane once the appropriate signs are in place (motorcycles ok tabs) to ensure a high degree of safety is maintained for all user groups.
Executive Assistant to the Hon. Blair Lekstrom
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure