Coast Mountain Bus Company SeaBus

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Coast Mountain Bus Company SeaBus is wheelchair accessible.
Coast Mountain Bus Company SeaBus is a bike rack route.
SeaBus Logo and Symbol-a.png
Locale Metro Vancouver, British Columbia
Waterway Burrard Inlet
Type Passenger ferry
Termini Waterfront
Lonsdale Quay
Operations
Owner TransLink (1999–present)
BC Transit (1982–1999)
Urban Transit Authority (1979–1982)
BC Hydro Transit (1977–1979)
Operator Coast Mountain Bus Company
(1999–present)
BC Transit (1982–1999)
Metro Transit Operating Company
(1979–1982)
BC Hydro Transit (1977–1979)
Launched June 17, 1977
Technical
System length 1.75-nautical-miles (3.24 km)
No. of lines 1
No. of vessels 3

SeaBus Wc15.JPG is a passenger ferry service operated by Coast Mountain Bus Company, a subsidiary of TransLink in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

History

The first recorded ferry service across Burrard Inlet was in 1866, with a hand-propelled boat. Formal ferry service across Burrard Inlet began in 1903 with the establishment of the North Vancouver Ferry and Power Company. The City of North Vancouver took over the service in 1908 to provide more reliable service between Downtown Vancouver and North Vancouver. After the Lions Gate Bridge was completed in 1938, demand decreased for ferry service. However, demand increased after the outbreak of World War II because of an increased amount of laborers travelling to North Vancouver to the shipbuilding yards.

Demand declined in the 1950s and service ceased after the last sailing on August 30, 1958. There were plans to build a tunnel underneath the Burrard Inlet as part of a freeway program. After the freeway plan was scrapped, funding went to establish a passenger ferry service and was proposed by the Provincial Government of British Columbia. In August 1974, the Bureau of Transit Services and the British Columbia Department of Municipal Affairs sought multiple proposals from naval architecture firms to design and build the ferries and terminals. To gain first-hand knowledge of operating a passenger ferry service, the government and members of the port authority studied operations in Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong as its conditions were similar to Burrard Inlet: a deep water harbour with a mix of heavy cargo traffic and passenger ferry service.

The service was launched on June 17, 1977, under the transit division of BC Hydro. Following the restructuring of transit operations in BC Hydro, the Urban Transit Authority and its operations subsidiary, Metro Transit Operating Company, took over in 1979 before being renamed to BC Transit in 1982. Finally, operations and ownership was passed over to TransLink/Coast Mountain Bus Company in 1999.

In 1989, there was a proposal to introduce marine transit service from Waterfront to Port Moody, with implementation as early as 1991. The study considered the use of fast ferries traveling at 30 to 40 knots, carrying up to 300 people with a crossing time of about 30 minutes[1]. The plan was later abandoned following the introduction of West Coast Express services in 1995. There was also a plan to procure a third SeaBus vessel by 1994 as well as a potential marine connection from Waterfront Station to West Vancouver.

Route Details

Connecting Waterfront Station in Vancouver and Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver, the SeaBus crosses the Burrard Inlet in a 10-12 minute crossing.
The SeaBus connects Waterfront Station and Lonsdale Quay.
Service runs 7 days a week from early morning to late evening. There are three vessels in the fleet, with two in service and one as a spare. Cruising at approximately 11.5 knots (21.3 km/h) service operates on a 15 minute turn-around schedule, with 3-5 minutes allocated to loading and unloading at each terminal. There are approximately over 50 crossing per day.

The crossing offers panoramic scenery from multiple angles of Burrard Inlet, Downtown Vancouver, the North Vancouver and the North Shore mountains.

There are turnstiles located at each terminal that lock once capacity is reached for each sailing.

Safety Features

On board each SeaBus vessel, lifejackets are available under each seat with children's lifejackets in marked lockers and distributed by crew members in the event of an emergency. Each vessel has three muster stations, each containing a 150-persons life raft.

Fares

Main article: TransLink Fares

The SeaBus is a 2-zone journey and zones are in effect Mondays to Fridays until 6:30pm. Discount periods are all day Saturdays, Sundays/Holidays and Monday to Fridays after 6:30pm. All fares must be valid while on a TransLink vehicle - those without a proper fare are subject to a $173 infraction.

Age categories for fares:

Category Eligibility
Adult
  • 14-64 years of age
Concession
  • Children 5-13 years of age
  • Youth 14-18 years of age with valid photo identification proving age
  • HandyCard holders
  • Seniors 65 years of age and older

Children under 5 years of age ride free when accompanied by an adult (maximum 4 children per adult). Different fares apply for West Coast Express.

Stored Value fares

Metro Vancouver is divided into three zones.

Trips paid for using stored value have the same value as the current FareSavers. One can purchase the following using stored value.

  • DayPasses
  • Compass paper tickets (Useful when travelling with others who do not have the Compass Card)
  • Exit Tickets (If said user loses their ticket or has stayed on the SkyTrain network longer than 120 minutes)
  • AddFares

Regular Fares

Adult Concession
1 Zone $2.30 $1.85
2 Zone $3.35 $2.85
3 Zone $4.40 $3.85

Discount Fares

Adult Concession
1/2/3 Zones $2.30 $1.85

Regular Fares are in effect Monday to Friday until 6:30pm and Discount Fares are in effect Monday to Friday after 6:30pm and all day Saturday and Sunday/Holidays.

Cash Fares

Regular Fares*

Adult Concession
1 Zone $2.95 $1.90
2 Zone $4.20 $2.90
3 Zone $5.70 $3.90

Discount Fares*

Adult Concession
1/2/3 Zones $2.95 $1.90

* Multi-zone purchases available only from Compass Ticket Vending Machines and are valid for multi-mode transfers

Fleet

There are currently 3 vessels in fleet. The fleet is maintained directly west of the Lonsdale Quay terminal in North Vancouver. The vessels are catamarans constructed out of aluminum, which was considered rare at the time of the launch in 1977 of the original vessels. As the vessels are double-ended, there is no need to turn around when departing the terminals and vessels can travel in any direction. There are four diesel engines on board each vessel, one for each propeller.

Service reliability is over 99.9% and rarely any sailings are cancelled.

All vessels are in the current TransLink charcoal livery. The Burrard Otter carried the "sweep" livery into retirement in 2016.

Active

Name Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Notes
Burrard Beaver Coast Mountain Bus Company Burrard Beaver-a.jpg 1976 Yarrows Shipbuilders Ltd.
Victoria, BC
Burrard Pacific Breeze TransLink Burrard Pacific Breeze-b.jpg 2009 Victoria Shipyards
Victoria, BC
  • Started three boat ownership for CMBC
Burrard Otter II Coast Mountain Bus Company Burrard Otter II-a.jpg 2014 Damen Shipyards Group
Singapore
  • Entered service on December 1st, 2014

Retired

Name Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Notes
Burrard Otter Coast Mountain Bus Company Burrard Otter-b.jpg 1976 Burrard Dry Dock Ltd.
Vancouver
  • First to be retired
  • Scrapped in 2018

On Order

Name Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Notes
Burrard Chinook 2019 Damen Shipyards Group
Gorinchem, Netherlands
  • Delivery expected in late March 2019

Service Information

Service on the SeaBus runs 7 days a week.

Service Frequency

Departing Waterfront

Day Time Frequency
Monday to Friday 6:16 a.m. to 9:16 p.m. 15 mins.
9:16 p.m. to 12:46 a.m. 30 mins.
Saturday 6:16 a.m. to 7:16 a.m. 30 mins.
7:16 a.m. to 9:16 p.m. 15 mins.
9:16 p.m. to 12:46 a.m. 30 mins.
Sunday/Holiday 8:16 a.m. to 9:16 p.m. 15 mins.
9:16 p.m. to 11:16 p.m. 30 mins.

Departing Lonsdale Quay

Day Time Frequency
Monday to Friday 6:02 a.m. to 9:02 p.m. 15 mins.
9:02 p.m. to 12:32 a.m. 30 mins.
Saturday 6:02 a.m. to 7:02 a.m. 30 mins.
7:02 a.m. to 9:02 p.m. 15 mins.
9:02 p.m. to 12:32 a.m. 30 mins.
Sunday/Holiday 8:02 a.m. to 9:02 p.m. 15 mins.
9:02 p.m. to 11:02 p.m. 30 mins.

First/Last Sailings

Departing Waterfront

Day First SeaBus Last SeaBus
Monday to Friday 6:16 a.m. 1:22 a.m.
Saturday 6:16 a.m. 1:22 a.m.
Sunday/Holiday 8:16 a.m. 11:16 p.m.

Departing Lonsdale Quay

Day First SeaBus Last SeaBus
Monday to Friday 6:02 a.m. 1:00 a.m.
Saturday 6:02 a.m. 1:00 a.m.
Sunday/Holiday 8:02 a.m. 11:02 p.m.

References

  1. The Buzzer August 11, 1989 Issue translink.ca, retrieved 25-11-2017
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Transit Centres BurnabyHamiltonPort CoquitlamRichmondSurreyVancouver
Closed Transit Centres North VancouverOakridge
Under Contract First TransitWest Vancouver Transit
Former Contractors Bonny's Taxi Ltd.Bowen Island Community TransitDW Services Ltd.Metro Shuttle Service Ltd.
Current Fleet 2101–2199, 2201–2289 2501–2540 2541–2574 3309–3358 7247–7297 7301–7374 7375–7399, 7401–7429 7430–7446 7447–7499, 7501–7504 8001–8021 8022–8047 8048–8099, 8101 8102–8117 8118–8156 9201–9276 9277–9285 9401–9499, 9501–9542 9543–9581, 9583–9590 9605–9699, 9701–9725 9726–9791 9797–9799 12001–12025 14001–14045 15001–15021 16001–16051 16101–16130, 16133, 16137 16201–16226 18001–18063 18101–18206 18301–18404 18451–18473 19001-19047
Community Shuttle Fleet S1301–S1320 S1322–S1325 S501–S544 16501–16562 17506–17569 18510–18527
Retired Fleet 2701–2947 3001–3021 3101–3210 3211–3257 3258–3282 3283–3299, 3301–3308 4101–4115 4116–4143 4144–4192 4193–4278 5501–5508 5509–5521 7101–7150 7151–7197, 7199–7243 7244–7246 7298
Retired Community Shuttle Fleet S001 S002 (1st) S002 (2nd) S003–S004 S006–S012 S013–S017 S018–S056 S057–S059 S060–S061 S062–S102 S200–S236 S237–S257 S258–S301 S302–S356 S357–S380 S381 S382–S393 S410–S434 S435–S464 S465–S471 S1321
Paint Schemes BC Transit paint scheme Original B-Line paint scheme New B-Line paint scheme Clean Air Bus paint scheme ExpressBus paint scheme Ghost paint scheme RapidBus paint scheme Sweep paint scheme New Sweep-R paint scheme Sweep-R Without Charcoal Suburban paint scheme Suburban grey paint scheme
SeaBus SeaBus
Current Fleet Burrard BeaverBurrard Pacific BreezeBurrard Otter II
Retired Fleet Burrard Otter
Terminals Lonsdale QuayCanada LineExpo LineTransLink West Coast Express bullet-a.png95 B-Line Waterfront Station
Bus Loops and Exchanges
Vancouver Expo Line 29th Avenue StationBlanca Loop99 B-Line Boundary LoopExpo Line95 B-Line Burrard StationExpo LineMillennium Line99 B-Line Commercial–Broadway StationDunbar LoopExpo Line Joyce StationExpo Line Main Street StationCanada Line Marine Drive StationExpo Line Nanaimo StationKnight Street–Marine Drive95 B-Line Kootenay LoopMarpole LoopStanley Park Loop99 B-Line UBC ExchangeCanada LineExpo LineSeaBusTransLink West Coast Express bullet-a.png95 B-Line Waterfront Station
Burnaby &
New West
Expo Line 22nd Street StationExpo Line Braid StationMillennium Line Brentwood StationExpo Line Edmonds StationExpo LineMillennium Line Lougheed StationExpo Line New Westminster StationExpo LineMillennium Line Production Way StationExpo Line Metrotown Station95 B-Line SFU ExchangeMillennium Line Sperling Station
Tri-Cities Millennium Line Burquitlam StationMillennium LineTransLink West Coast Express bullet-a.png Coquitlam Central StationMillennium LineTransLink West Coast Express bullet-a.png Moody Centre StationTransLink West Coast Express bullet-a.png Port Coquitlam Station
Richmond Canada Line Bridgeport StationCanada Line Richmond–Brighouse Station
North Shore Capilano UniversitySeaBus Lonsdale QuayPark RoyalPhibbs Exchange
Pitt Meadows
& Maple Ridge
Haney PlaceTransLink West Coast Express bullet-a.png Maple Meadows StationTransLink West Coast Express bullet-a.png Pitt Meadows Station
South of Fraser Carvolth Exchange96 B-Line Guildford ExchangeLadner ExchangeLangley CentreMatthews Exchange96 B-Line Newton ExchangeExpo Line Scott Road StationScottsdale ExchangeSouth Delta ExchangeSouth Surrey Park and RideExpo Line96 B-Line Surrey Central StationWhite Rock Centre
Former Exchanges Airport StationBrentwood MallCoquitlam Recreation CentreCoquitlam StationEast Guildford Park and RideLougheed MallLougheed Park and RideMeadow Ridge CentrePitt Meadows Park and RidePort Moody StationPNE Park and RidePort Coquitlam CentreRenfrew LoopRichmond CentreRichmond ExchangeSexsmith Park and RideSouth Richmond Park and RideWalnut Grove Park and Ride
Routes
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B-Line B-Line 95 B-Line 96 B-Line 99 B-Line
Community Shuttle 23 42 68 70 103 105 109 131 132 146 147 148 157 170 171 172 173 174 175 179 180 181 182 184 185 186 187 189 215 227 251 252 256 262 280 281 282 310 322 360 361 362 363 370 371 372 373 412 413 414 416 560 561 562 563 564 609 614 616 617 618 619 719 722 733 741 743 744 745 746 748 749
NightBus N8 N9 N10 N15 N17 N19 N20 N22 N24 N35
School Trips 804 807 828 840 848 855 861 863 864 865 880 881
Discontinued/ Renumbered 1 23 35 42 51 97 98 102 103 108 114 115 131 133 135 137 139 142 147 148 149 150 154 158 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 177 178 179 189 190 197 222 226 259 290 292 310 317 318 322 328 330 332 353 355 356 357 358 390 411 420 421 424 425 488 490 491 492 496 506 507 511 590 705 709 712 721 722 C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 C6 C7 C8 C9 C10 C11 C12 C15 C18 C19 C20 C21 C22 C23 C24 C25 C26 C27 C28 C29 C30 C31 C35 C36 C37 C38 C40 C41 C43 C44 C45 C46 C47 C48 C49 C50 C51 C52 C53 C60 C61 C62 C63 C64 C70 C71 C73 C74 C75 C76 C84 C86 C87 C88 C89 C90 C92 C93 C94 C95 C96 C98 C99 N6 N16
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Transit Services

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Fare Information

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Plans and Projects

Expo Line Expo Line Fraser Highway ExtensionMillennium Line Millennium Line Broadway ExtensionPattullo Bridge Replacement

Other Divisions

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