Mayor Mary-Ann Booth has followed the proposal closely since it was approved by the Mayor’s Council of Translink in 2016.
“I’ve been hearing from many members of the community. There’s some in favour and there’s many against the B-line in its current form” – Mary-Ann Booth, Mayor of West Vancouver.
Though the Mayor was careful not to choose sides, she did highlight how congestion and traffic is a major concern for the community.
“We have a growing traffic problem. We have a number of employees, a large percentage in fact that don’t live here anymore, living elsewhere that commute…the proposal is really worth considering.” – Mary-Ann Booth, Mayor of West Vancouver.
Still the mayor was measured in her approach and stressed finding a solution that best fit the community’s desires.
Some local politicians, however, have picked sides.
Councillor Peter Lambur asked staff to investigate Park Royal as a terminus station instead of Dundarave, shortening the line. He also motioned for reviewing a plan to exclude bus priority lanes through Ambleside.
Anne Eedie attended the council meeting to offer her thoughts as a resident of West Vancouver.
And for her, parking is central to commerce. Readily available parking translates to parents sticking around after dropping off their child for a class at say, the local dance studio, and making purchases in the community.
“Thank god the parking space is close…could you imagine taking this to the bus. All this commerce from one parking spot, one parent, one hour. Young families in West Vancouver need convenient parking to support the needs of the community and commerce of West Vancouver.” – Anne Eedie, Resident of West Vancouver