Coast Mountain Bus Company

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Coast Mountain Bus Company
Coast Mountain Bus Company (logo).png
Parent TransLink
Founded April 1, 1999
Headquarters 700-287 Nelson's Court
New Westminster, B.C.
Service area Metro Vancouver, Canada
Service type transit bus, express bus, trolley bus, express coach, shuttle bus, passenger ferry
Routes Bus: 191
Hubs 6 transit centres
Fleet Bus: 1,451
Ferry: 3[1]
Daily ridership 730,000[2]
Chief executive Kevin Desmond,
President & General Manager

Coast Mountain Bus Company (CMBC) is the contract operator for bus transit services in Metro Vancouver and is a wholly owned subsidiary of the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority, known locally as TransLink, the entity responsible for transit. The buses form part of the integrated transit network of the lower mainland.


The Coast Mountain Bus Company operates the buses throughout Greater Vancouver (except West Vancouver which operates its own Blue Bus system and three contract operators that provide Community Shuttle as well as HandyDART services):

  • 210 bus routes in total
    • Regular transit service
    • Express Coach Service to suburban municipalities
    • Trolley Bus Service - 13 routes primarily in the City of Vancouver
    • NightBus - special routes after midnight, 8 routes with plans for expansion
    • B-Line express buses (3 routes - see below)
    • Community shuttles - routes operating minibuses that connect to the larger ones
  • SeaBus - passenger ferry across the Burrard Inlet

The regional transit network including bus routes, service levels and fares are set by TransLink.

Fare Paid Zones[edit]

Basically the honour system, a Fare Paid Zone is a clearly marked territory on which passengers must have valid proof of payment and present it for inspection upon request of a Transit Security Officer. This was only in effect in SkyTrain stations and vehicles until June 25, 2007, when the law was changed. Now, all buses, including West Vancouver buses, will be designated a "Fare Paid Zone", along with the SkyTrain. The reason for implementing the "Fare Paid Zone" was to remove responsibility from the bus driver for fare enforcement, as too many bus drivers were being assaulted in disputes over fare payment. Fare Enforcement on all buses are now the responsibility of the Transit Police and Transit Security Department. Officers may board a bus at any time and conduct a fare inspection. Those who fail to pay the fare and retain proof of payment could be removed from the bus and/or fined $173.


CMBC was created on April 1, 1999. Bus service in Greater Vancouver was formerly provided by BC Transit. (BC Transit now refers only to the provincial government corporation that operates transit outside of Metro Vancouver.)

Retired fleet roster[edit]

The following fleet are/were owned by TransLink and operated and maintained by CMBC.

Order Year Picture Manufacturer Model Powertrain
Propulsion Fleet Notes
<<< 40 feet >>
1982 Flyer Industries D901A
  • Detroit Diesel 6V71N
  • Allison V730
Diesel 1158-1192
  • All retired except 1191, which is preserved by TRAMS.
  • Original fleet numbers were 3165-3199.
GMDD T6H-5307N
  • Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
  • Allison V730
  • 4107 is preserved by TRAMS. Retired early 2007.
1987 TC40-102N
  • Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
  • Allison V731
1989 MCI 4144-4192
  • Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
  • Voith D86.3ADR
4193-4199 4201-4278
  • 4269-4278 were suburban buses with forward facing seats & no rear door.
  • 4254 had Voith D863.3 transmission.
  • 4276 is preserved by TRAMS.
1991 Translink-V3164.jpg NFI D40
  • Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
  • Allison HTB-748
  • All retired
  • 3102 donated to Thompson Rivers University
  • 3106 restored by TRAMS
  • 3118 donated to Justice Institute Maple Ridge
  • 3122 sold to Cypress Coach Lines
  • 3139 sold to the Vancouver Fire Department
  • 3147 sold to CFB
  • 3155 sold to private owner
  • 3157 had a Detroit Diesel Series 50 engine and an Allison B400R transmission.
1992 3211-3257
  • 3232-3242 were suburban buses with forward facing seats & no rear door.
1995 C40 Diesel (ex-CNG) 3258-3282
  • Retired in 2011
  • Originally had Detroit Diesel Series 50G.
  • All buses were converted to diesel between 2004-2006.
  • 3262, 3264, 3266, 3270-3272 were sold to Southland Transportation in Calgary, Alberta.
1998 DE40LF Diesel electric (ex-Hydrogen fuel cell) 7244-7246
  • ex-F40LF.
  • Converted to diesel electric in 2004.
  • 7245 was returned to Ballard Power Systems.
  • Run as part of the Testing the Power of Tomorrow Demonstration from 2005 to 2006, then ran revenue service till 2010.
  • Stored and retired in June 2010. Scrapped in Dec 2012.
Nova Bus LFS Diesel 7298
<<< Trolley bus >>>
1982-1983 Vancouver Flyer E902 trolleybus in 1985.jpg Flyer Industries E901A-E902 Electric trolley bus 2701-2947
  • All retired by 2008.
  • 80 units were sold to Mendoza, Argentina.
  • 2805 and 2812 preserved by TRAMS. 2812 scrapped
<<< 60 feet >>>
1991 An older high-floor NFI D60
  • Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
  • Allison HTB-748
Diesel 3001-3021
  • Retired 2010
  • 3015 retrofitted with Balios Orange LED on the front and side destination signs.
<<< SeaBus >>>
1977 Vancouver Diesel Burrard Otter
  • First Seabus to ever be retired.
<<< Community Shuttle >>>
2007 GMC C5500
  • GMC Duramax 6.6L
  • Allison 1000 with Telma retarder
Diesel S258-S301
  • ElDorado Aero Elite body.
  • Some resurfaced from retirement in September 2015.
  • All were officially retired in October 2016.

Current fleet roster[edit]

The following fleet are/were owned by TransLink and operated and maintained by CMBC.

Order Year Picture Manufacturer Model Powertrain
Propulsion Fleet
<<< 40 feet >>
1995 Translink-bus-R7149.jpg NFI D40LF Diesel 7101-7150
  • 7141 was used in an earthquake scenario training at False Creek Flats
  • 7104,7108,7129,7133 and 7138 were sold to BC Transit in spring 2014
  • 7115 is the last active unit
  • Holds the distinction of being the first low floor buses for Metro Vancouver.
1996 7151-7243
  • Being retired
  • 7161,7162,7183,7228,7230 and 7240 were sold to BC Transit in spring 2014
  • 7198 transferred to West Vancouver Municipal Transit in March 2015
  • 7200 was mistakenly numbered against the Government of BC law.
1998 C40LF
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50EGR
  • Allison WB-400R5
CNG 3283-3287, 3289-3291, 3293-3299, 3301, 3303-3305
  • 3283-3287, 3289-3291, 3293-3301, 3303-3305 retrofitted to diesel in April 2009
  • 3288, 3292, 3302, 3306-3308 retired early May 2011
  • Originally powered by Detroit Diesel Series 50G engines
  • Being retired.
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50
  • Allison WB-400R5
Diesel 7247-7297
  • 7249 Struck a traffic pole in May 2016 and was retired
  • 7250 involve in an MVA in February 2016 and was retired
  • Being retired
1999 7299, 7301-7374
2000 7375-7394, 7396-7399, 7401-7429
  • 7395 retired due to an engine fire in 2008
  • 7420 retired and salvaged for parts
  • Originally powered by Cummins ISC engines
2001 7430-7446
  • Originally powered by Cummins ISC engines.
Translink-R9250.jpg OBI V (05.501)
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50EGR
  • Allison WB-500R6
  • Suburban configuration with forward facing seats & no rear door
  • Used for "express service"
  • 9210 retired from major accident on August 14, 2011.
  • 9224 involved in a major MVA and suffered significant front damage in November 2016.
  • 9225 retired from a major engine fire August 9, 2004.
  • 9266 was involved in a major collision in Spring 2008 resulting in significant frontal damage.
2005-07 Vancouver trolley2101 050720.jpg NFI E40LFR Electric trolley bus 2101–2199, 2201–2289
  • 2101 pilot E40LF trolley bus
  • 2105 was involved fatal MVA with a stolen minivan on April 8, 2014[4]
  • 2140 fell of a flatbed on the Coquihalla Highway during delivery on Novemver, 2006.
  • 2147 was set on fire by vandals on October 31, 2007 and suffered significant interior damaged.
  • 2239 was involved in a fatal collision in June, 2013.
2006 Newflyer-p3340.jpg C40LFR
  • Cummins Westport C-Gas Plus
  • Cummins Westport ISL-G
  • Allison WB-400R5
CNG 3309-3358
  • 3312, 3348 and 3356 repowered to Cummins Westport ISL-G engine
  • 3353 had an engine fire on December 1, 2008; repaired and returned to service on December 20, 2010.
  • In December 2016, a majority of the fleet sustained severe damage to the front axle due to heavy snowfall in Metro Vancouver. This prompted other transit centres to send buses to replace the damaged units while they get repaired.
Translink-B7467.jpg D40LFR
  • Cummins ISL
  • Allison WB-400R6
Diesel 7447-7499, 7501-7504
  • 7497 crashed into the Newton Wave Pool on April 11, 2010 and suffered major font damage.
  • 7454 was involved in a major MVA sometime in Spring 2008 causing major frontal damage.
2007 TransLink-B9605.jpg NovaBus LFS
  • Cummins ISL
  • ZF 6HP592C
9601-9699, 9701-9725
2008 9726-9791
OBI V (05.501) 9277-9285
  • Suburban configuration with forward facing seats & no rear door
  • Used for express service
  • Holds the distinction of being the last Orion V built for a Canadian transit agency.
2009-10 NovaBus LFS HEV
  • Cummins ISB
  • Allison EP-40 HybriDrive
Hybrid 9401-9499, 9501-9542
  • 9405: Involved in a MVA at Brentwood Station on March 20, 2010.
  • 9449: Involved in a major MVA along Marine Drive in February 2017.
  • 9484: Shown at Trans-Expo 2009 in Montreal
  • 9506: Caught fire on September 9, 2011
LFS Diesel 9543-9581, 9583-9590
  • 9582 is non-existent.
  • 9543 is the new reindeer bus as of 2016.
2014 Two XN40.jpg NFI XN40
  • Cummins Westport ISL G
  • ZF 6AP1400B
CNG 14001-14045
2016 NFI XD40
  • Cummins ISL9
  • ZF 6AP1400B
Diesel 16101-16140


  • Build Date: April 2016
  • First unit entered service: 16103 on July 5, 2016
  • Last unit entered service: 16137 on October 23, 2016
2016 NFI XN40
  • Cummins Westport ISL G
  • ZF 6AP1400B
CNG 16001-16051


  • Build Date: April 2016
  • First units entered service: 16001 and 16003 on November 13, 2016
  • Last unit entered service: 16047 on April 14, 2017
  • 16040 damaged during delivery.
<<< 60 feet >>>
1998 NFI D60LF Diesel 8001-8021


  • Those in worst condition being retired
  • 8010 has Balios Orange LED destination sign
1999 Translink-B8038.jpg 8022-8047
  • Those in worst condition being retired
2000 B-Line-R8063.jpg 8048-8099, 8101
  • 8054 retired from engine fire in 2003; coach completely consumed.
  • 8049 retired after major accident in March 2011 and scrapped in summer 2011.
  • 8055 was involved in a major accident in the George Massey Tunnel in July 2014 and was retired
  • Those in worst condition being retired
2007 D60LFR 8105-8117
2007-08 E60LFR Electric trolley bus 2501–2540
  • First "E60LFR" model produced by New Flyer
2009 Vancouver E60LFR trolleybus 2563.jpg 2541–2574
  • Cummins ISL
  • Allison EP-50 HybriDrive
Hybrid 8118-8156
2012 XDE60-2.jpg XDE60
  • Cummins ISL9
  • Allison EP-50 HybriDrive


2015 15001-15021


  • First unit entered serivce: 15002 and 15003 on February 3, 2016
  • Last unit entered service: 15016 on April 27, 2016
2016 16201-16226


  • First unit entered service: 16204 and 16206 on April 18, 2017

Community Shuttle[edit]

Year Builder Model Status Propulsion Fleet series Total Notes
2008-2009 GMC C5500 Mostly active Diesel S302-S380 79
  • El Dorado Aero Elite body
2012-2014 International AC Series Retired Diesel S410-S471 62
  • IC Bus AC Series body
2014 Chevrolet G4500 Active Gasoline S501-S544 44
  • El Dorado Aerotech body
2016 Chevrolet G4500 Active N/A 16501-16562 62
  • Girardin G5 body.
  • To replace S410-S471.
  • Does not have the S prefix found on all other shuttle buses.


Year of Manufacturing Manufacturer Picture Propulsion Name Notes
1977 Victoria Diesel Burrard Beaver
  • Renovated in December 2016
2009 Esquimalt Graving Dock (Victoria) Diesel Burrard Pacific Breeze
2014 Damen Shipyards Group in Netherlands Diesel Burrard Otter II


  • Handicapped/disabled access All vehicles are wheelchair-accessible.
  • All CMBC diesel vehicles are currently running on bio-diesel.


Letter prefixes are prepended to the bus numbers on all conventional Coast Mountain buses, except trolleys. Generally, the prefixes are used to identify which garage the bus is operating from.

  • B - Burnaby
  • H - Hamilton (since 2016)
  • N - North Vancouver (until 2016)
  • P - Port Coquitlam
  • R - Richmond
  • S - Surrey/Community Shuttle
  • T - Special training vehicle
  • V - Vancouver (formerly Oakridge)

Additional fleet notes[edit]

The first/prototype 40 ft New Flyer/Vossloh Kiepe low-floor trolley bus arrived at the Oakridge Transit Centre on July 2, 2005.[5] The 187 additional vehicles of that type arrived in 2006–2007, and all had entered service by the end of 2007. The first 60-foot (18 m) articulated trolley coach (#2501) arrived at the Oakridge Transit Centre in January 2007. The others started arriving in January 2008, and all 74 had entered service by the end of 2009.[6]

It was announced that the original bike racks on the 2006 New Flyer buses can only be used in daylight, as they block the headlights at night. All of them have now been replaced with a modified "V2W" rack.

Active Facilities[edit]

  • Vancouver Transit Centre - Based at 9149 Hudson Street,Vancouver it opened on September 2, 2006, it is the garage for Vancouver bus operations. This garage serves the trolley routes, as well as most of Vancouver's buses.
  • Burnaby Transit Centre - Located at 3855 Kitchener Street, Burnaby, it was built in 1986, this transit centre is split into two facilities separated by Kitchener Street. Serving parts of Burnaby and New Westminster, as well the North Shore and east Vancouver, Burnaby Transit Centre is also home to many support services such as Environmental Services, Trolley Overhead, Facilities Maintenance, Fire Prevention, and Non-Revenue Vehicle Maintenance. Beginning in September 2016, North Shore transit routes operate out of this transit centre.
  • Port Coquitlam Transit Centre - Located at 2061 Kingsway Avenue, Port Coquitlam, it opened in August 1978, it was the first garage to support Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles. Serves the Tri-Cities, New Westminster, Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows areas.
  • Richmond Transit Centre - Located at 11133 Coppersmith Way, Richmond, it opened on September 4, 2000. It is the main base for the suburban routes served by Orion V highway coaches and local routes in Richmond, White Rock, and South Delta.
  • Hamilton Transit Centre - Based at 4111 Boundary Road, Richmond, this facility opened in September 2016, and took over operations of various Richmond, Burnaby and New Westminster routes. It is the second transit centre to have abilities to house CNG buses.
  • Surrey Transit Centre - Located at 7740 132nd Street, Surrey, it opened in May 1975, it is the base for all Surrey, Langley, North Delta and some White Rock and Ladner services. In 2019, it will be the third transit centre to have abilities to house CNG buses.
  • Fleet Overhaul (located at Burnaby Transit Centre) is where the majority of body repair and repainting is carried out as well as engine and component overhaul, while minor repair is most likely carried out at the bus's home garage. Fleet Overhaul is in the process of having a new facility built within the Maple Ridge area.

Closed Facilities[edit]

  • Oakridge Transit Centre - Was located at 949 West 41st Avenue, it has been in operation since 1948, Oakridge was to be decommissioned and likely sold for re-development beginning in 2007. However, with the arrival of several New Flyer and Novabus orders since 2006 it remained an active support facility conducting retrofitting on these vehicles in preparation for revenue service. Additionally, the Oakridge yard was home to many retired coaches, including E901/902 trolleys, New Flyer D40s, and other vehicles. In Spring of 2008, as part of a re-organization and expansion at Burnaby Transit Centre, Oakridge took over many of the tasks formerly located at the other facility. The Community Shuttle Service was one of the groups moved making Oakridge an active transit centre once again. However, in September 2016, the shuttle operations were shifted to the new Hamilton Transit Centre. The property has been sold to an Asian developer.
  • North Vancouver Transit Centre - Was located at 536 East 3rd Street, North Vancouver, this depot was built in 1946, and was the base for most North Shore services not operated by West Vancouver Municipal Transit. It closed in September 2016, and all North Vancouver routes now operate from Burnaby Transit Centre.


CMBC's 4300+ employees are spread across Metro Vancouver.

  • The 3700 bus operators, represented by Unifor Local 111, and the 1100 maintenance employees, represented by Unifor Local 2200, work out of the six regional depots.
  • The SeaBus staff of 80, including marine attendants, deck officers, engineers, coordinators (also represented by Unifor Local 2200), and office staff work from their North Vancouver location.
  • The 600 staff involved in scheduling, training, operational planning, and administrative services are spread throughout the system, as well as at CMBC’s head office in New Westminster are represented by the Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union, Local 378.
  • In October 2008, CMBC was named one of BC's Top Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc., which was announced by The Vancouver Sun, The Province and the Victoria Times-Colonist.[7]
  • Coast Mountain Bus Company operates the Transit Security Department for Translink. Transit Security officers are mobile, ride buses and trains, inspect fares, issue fines and patrol TransLink Properties (Bus Loops, SkyTrain Stations, SeaBus, etc) and are authorized to arrest persons who commit criminal offences on or in relation to any Translink Properties per the Criminal Code. Transit security are also authorized to enforce Transit Conduct and Safety Regulations, as well as the Transit Tariff Bylaw.

B-Line services[edit]

B-Line is a system of express bus routes with bus rapid transit elements using mostly 60-foot (18 m) low-floor articulated buses. There may also be all-door boarding.


Three routes currently are in operation:

Four additional routes are scheduled to open early in 2019,.[8]

Two lines have been terminated. The 98 B-Line was replaced with the Canada Line, and the 97 B-Line was replaced by the Millennium Line Evergreen Extension:

Gallery of fleet examples[edit]


External links[edit]