West Vancouver Municipal Transit route 259 'Lions Bay / Horseshoe Bay'
|Service Area||Lions Bay|
|Termini||Highway 99 at Lions Bay Avenue|
Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal
|Operations||West Vancouver Transit|
|Vehicles||NFI D40LF |
Nova Bus LFS
|Branches||259 Lions Bay|
259 Horseshoe Bay
This was a north-south route connecting the Village of Lions Bay and the Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal in West Vancouver. Service ran on weekdays only during the PM peak hour with two roundtrips. This service supplemented the 262 Lions Bay/Caulfeild service.
Northbound trips departed Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal heading north on Keith Road, west on Bay Street, south on Nelson Avenue, east on Marine Drive, north on Horseshoe Bay Drive merging onto the Sea-to-Sky Highway heading north, then took the Seascape Drive and Ansell Place exit to a stop in the Sunset Beach area. Continuing from Sunset Beach, trips merged back onto the Sea-to-Sky Highway, then took the Kelvin Grove Way exit to service a stop. Continuing from the Kelvin Grove Way exit, trips merged back onto the Sea-to-Sky Highway heading north, then took the Lions Bay Avenue exit to the Lions Bay terminus underneath the Sea-to-Sky Highway.
Southbound trips departed from Lions Bay Avenue & Highway 99 underneath the Sea-to-Sky Highway heading west on Lions Bay, south on Isleview Place merging onto the Sea-to-Sky Highway, then took the Kelvin Grove Way exit to service a stop. Continuing from the Kelvin Grove Way exit, trips went south on Tidewater Way, then merged back onto the Sea-to-Sky Highway heading south, then took the Seascape Drive and Ansell Place exit to stop in the Sunset Beach area. Continuing from Sunset Beach, trips merged back onto the Sea-to-Sky Highway, then took the Horseshoe Bay Drive exit heading south, west on Marine Drive, north on Nelson Avenue, east on Chatham Street, north on Royal Avenue, east on Bruce Street, and north on Keith Road to the Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal.
Points of Interest
- Lions Bay Village
- Lions Bay Art Gallery
- Lions Bay Park and Ride
- Sunset Marina
- Ansell Point
- Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal
- November 1987 - Service introduced, with three trips Monday to Friday (two AM, one PM) and one trip on Saturdays in the morning. Service interlined with select 250 Horseshoe Bay and 257 Horseshoe Bay Express trips departing downtown Vancouver. Trips continued as a 250 or 257 to downtown from Horseshoe Bay
- September 1992 - Horseshoe Bay terminus moved to Keith Road
- October 1993 - Service proposed to be discontinued due to low ridership
- September 2018 - Interlining with the 257 Horseshoe Bay/Vancouver Express discontinued and service revised to operate during the PM peak only. Discontinuation of through-service between Lions Bay and Downtown Vancouver
- October 2018 - Service discontinued and remaining PM peak trips amalgamated with the 262 Lions Bay/Caulfeild
Up until September 2018, the 257 Express was interlined with the 259. This change was a result of the 257's operation transfer from West Vancouver Transit to Coast Mountain Bus Company and due to low ridership on the morning trips. Previously, there was one morning roundtrip and two afternoon roundtrips. The morning trip started at Park Royal as a 257 Horseshoe Bay Express and this trip was almost always scheduled with a D60LFR depending on vehicle availability. Upon arrival at Horseshoe Bay, it did one roundtrip as a 259 before continuing as a 257 Vancouver Express and doing 257s for the rest of its scheduled run.
In the afternoon, the two roundtrips prior to September 2018 operated as a through-service from Downtown Vancouver to Lions Bay as the 257 Horseshoe Bay and Lions Bay. Upon arrival after returning from Lions Bay, these trips continued as 257 Park Royal Express and terminated at Park Royal before returning to the yard.
The change also resulted in a discontinuation of through-service between Lions Bay and Downtown Vancouver, as morning service continued as a 257 Vancouver Express and afternoon service departed Downtown Vancouver as 257 Horseshoe Bay and Lions Bay. Afternoon return service from Lions Bay ran as 257 Park Royal Express. A regular 257 Vancouver Express departed a few minutes ahead of the 259 returning from Lions Bay and waited at Park Royal for connecting passengers.
|Facilities||Park Royal – West Vancouver Transit Centre|
|Current Fleet||701–706 901–909 1201–1217 1601–1605 1606–1614|
|Community Shuttle Fleet||17501–17505 18501–18509 19501–19502, 19536–19537|
|712–714 801–803 912–914 921–929 951–959, 961–968 971 981 990–998 S200 S201 S261 S305 S370 S1301–S1304, S1308, S1309, S1316–S1320|
|Conventional||250 250A 253 254 255 258|
|Community Shuttle||214 215 227 251 252 256 262|
|Other||Cemetery – Vancouver Special Events Bus|
|Former Routes||257 259 – Hockey Special – PNE Special|