Coast Mountain Bus Company route 98 'Burrard Stn / Richmond Ctr (B-line)'
|Launched||September 4, 2000|
|Discontinued||September 7, 2009|
|Number of Stops||24|
|Operations||Richmond Transit Centre|
|Vehicles||NFI D40 **|
NFI D60 *
NFI D40LF **
Orion V **
|Branches||98 Burrard Station B-Line|
98 Richmond Centre B-Line
98 To Steveston and Shell (select trips only)
* during peak hours
98 Burrard Station/Richmond Centre B-Line was a route operated by Coast Mountain Bus Company in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
The 98 B-Line was the primary north-south route in Vancouver, providing connections between Downtown Vancouver and the Expo and Millennium lines at the three downtown stations; to the 99 B-Line at Broadway and Granville; and Richmond Centre. It was introduced in September 2000 operating only from downtown Vancouver to the temporary Airport Station due to a transit workers' strike. The Richmond Centre portion was opened in August 2001.
The route operated as a loop starting at the Brighouse terminus at No. 3 Road and Anderson, turning south onto Buswell Street and west onto Granville Avenue (not to be confused with Granville Street in Vancouver proper). From there, it turned north onto No. 3 Road. Prior to Canada Line construction, the 98 B-Line used a busway down the middle of No. 3 Road. The bus then proceeded to turn onto Sea Island Way onto the Moray Channel Bridge, executing a tight loop onto Cessna Drive and Airport Station. Then, the bus travelled north onto Russ Baker Way, merging onto Grant McConachie Way and travelling over the Arthur Laing Bridge. The bus proceeded to merge onto Southwest Marine Drive, turning into Granville Street. The 98 B-Line followed Granville Street, taking the Granville Street Bridge before taking the Seymour Street exit. The bus continued down Seymour Street until turning northwest onto Hastings Street, and southwest onto Burrard Street, with a brief layover at Burrard Station. Passengers were free to stay on the bus during this time. After Burrard Station, the bus continued down Burrard Street to Nelson Street, turning southeast, and making another turn onto Howe Street. From there, Howe Street merged onto Granville Street, where it continued its southbound journey.
Limited local service was provided to Steveston Highway at Shell Road, near Richmond Transit Centre. After Richmond Centre, the bus did not stop at its Brighouse terminus, instead continuing down No. 3 Road until Steveston Highway.
During Canada Line construction, a series of reroutes occurred on the 98 B-Line. The first, starting in 2007, had it turning off of No. 3 Road onto Cook Road, Cooney Road, Lansdowne Road, until continuing with its regular route. This continued until late 2009, when the 98 B-Line began to divert following its original reroute to Lansdowne Road, turning eastbound instead of westbound, continuing northbound on Garden City Road, then westbound onto Bridgeport Road/Sea Island Way (depending on direction).
98 B-Line stops
- Brighouse (Northbound starting point at northbound No. 3 Road at Anderson, southbound terminus at westbound Anderson at No. 3 Road.)
- Richmond Centre
- Westminster Highway
- Capstan Way
- Sea Island Way
- Airport Station
- 70th Avenue
- 49th Avenue
- 41st Avenue
- King Edward Avenue
- 5th Avenue
- Seymour and Davie (Northbound only)
- Seymour and Smithe (Northbound only)
- Seymour and Robson (Northbound only)
- Granville Station (Northbound only)
- Waterfront Station
- Burrard Station (Southbound only)
- Burrard and Robson (Southbound only)
- Nelson and Hornby (Southbound only)
- Howe and Davie (Southbound only)
- September 2000 - Route introduced operating between Waterfront Station to Airport Station. Temporary Airport Station was located on Miller Road at Templeton Street
- Feburary 2001 - Permanent Airport Station on Cessna Street opened, 98 B-Line route moved to service Airport Station
- August 2001 - Extended to Richmond Centre with increased frequency
- 2004 to 2005 - Temporarily diverted via Granville Mall northbound to Waterfront Station
- 2005 - No. 3 Road busway closed, 98 B-Line diverted to regular street at No. 3 Road. Sea Island Way station for northbound trips moved to Bridgeport at No. 3 Road
- August 2007 - Service rerouted to service Cook Road to Cooney Road and Lansdowne Road until continuing regular routing down No. 3 Road during Canada Line construction
- September 2009 - Route discontinued and Airport Station mostly closed to be replaced by the Canada Line
- The Buzzer August 3, 2007 Issue, translink.ca, retrieved 15-02-2010
- The Buzzer September 4, 2009 Issue, translink.ca, retrieved 11-10-2014