Coast Mountain Bus Company route 246 'Highland / Downtown'
|Termini||Montroyal Blvd. at Glencanyon Drive|
W. Georgia Street at Cambie Street
|Operations||Burnaby Transit Centre|
|Vehicles||Nova Bus LFS|
246 Marine and Garden (few trips)
246 Marine and Capilano (late night trips)
246 Highland/Downtown is a bus route operated by Coast Mountain Bus Company in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
This east-west route connects North Vancouver with Downtown.
Trips westbound into Vancouver departs from Montroyal & Glencanyon after coming off of a 249 Delbrook going west on Montroyal Boulevard, south on Highland Boulevard, west on Edgemont Boulevard onto Ridgewood Drive, south on Capilano Road onto Garden Avenue and then Marine Drive to the Lions Gate Bridge. The route exits Lions Gate onto the Stanley Park Causeway, W. Georgia Street east until W. Georgia Street at Hamilton Street where it terminates.
Trips departing Downtown take Cambie, Dunsmuir, Hamilton and then West Georgia to the Stanley Park Causeway, Lions Gate Bridge, Marine Drive, Capilano Road and its regular route. Upon reaching Montroyal & Glencanyon, trips continue as a 249 Lonsdale Quay.
Select trips toward Lonsdale Quay terminate on Marine at Garden Avenue in the evening and late evening. Early service to Lonsdale Quay on weekdays and Saturdays begin from Marine at Capilano.
Points of Interest
- Vancouver Playhouse
- Stadium–Chinatown Station
- Larwill Park
- Queen Elizabeth Theatre
- Vancouver City Centre Station
- Granville Station
- Pacific Centre
- Vancouver Art Gallery
- Burrard Station
- Stanley Park
- Norgate Park
- Capilano Park
- North Vancouver Public Library – Capilano Branch
- Edgemont Village
- Westview Shopping Centre
- North Shore Neighbourhood House
- Circa 1950 - Portion of current route introduced as Capilano Canyon. Operates from Capilano at Marine to Montroyal Boulevard.
- October 1953 - Service introduced as Highland. Route operates from Fell and Marine to Highland and Tudor.
- November 1959 - Service is merged with the existing Capilano and renamed Highland–Delbrook–McKay–Marine. During peak hours, service extended to Vancouver. During off-peak hours, service extends to Park Royal. The eastern terminus of this route was Fell at Marine.
- January 1964 - North Vancouver portion of route renamed 86 Highland. Service operates from 16th St. at Hamilton Ave. (now Capilano Mall) along Westview, Delbrook, Montroyal, and Highland Blvd. to Edgemont Village with a western terminus at Park Royal. Service in the opposite direction is renamed 85 Delbrook; it originates at the Vancouver Bus Depot downtown before following a similar route to the eastern terminus at 16th and Hamilton.
- September 1982 - Off-peak service revised to terminate at Park Royal Shopping Centre
- December 1991 - Accessible service introduced on select trips
- April 1993 - Downtown terminus revised to operate from a temporary terminal on the east side of Beatty Street between Georgia and Dunsmuir adjacent to the Beatty Street Armoury with the closing of the Larwill Bus Depot
- December 1997 - Local service along West Georgia Street to and from North Vancouver approved on a permanent basis after a six month trial period
- October 2001 - Due to funding shortfall, midday service between North Vancouver and Downtown eliminated
- February 2007 - Downtown terminus moved from Beatty Street to current Cambie at Georgia
- June 2011 - Service to Park Royal Shopping Centre discontinued
- September 2016 - North Vancouver Transit Centre closed down, operations moved to Burnaby Transit Centre
- October 2018 - Downtown terminus moved from Hamilton & Georgia to Georgia & Hamilton for unloading, Cambie & Georgia for loading
- September 2019 - Portion between Montroyal Boulevard & Glencanyon Drive and Lonsdale Quay replaced by the 249 to reduce passenger confusion
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- The Buzzer October 20, 1953 Issue, translink.ca, retrieved 10-12-2016
- The Buzzer October 9, 1959 Issue, translink.ca, retrieved 10-12-2016
- The Buzzer January 3, 1964 Issue, translink.ca, retrieved 10-12-2016
- The Buzzer September 3, 1982 Issue, translink.ca, retrieved 18-11-2017
- The Buzzer August 30, 1991 Issue, translink.ca, retrieved 17-01-2017
- The Buzzer March 26, 1993 Issue, translink.ca, retrieved 13-01-2017
- The Buzzer November 28, 1997 Issue, translink.ca, retrieved 29-04-2010
- Backgrounder: Transit Service Reductions, translink.ca, retrieved 04-12-2009
- The Buzzer February 2, 2007 Issue, translink.ca, retrieved 04-12-2009
- June 20, 2011 Transit Service Changes, translink.ca, retrieved 12-06-2011