For The Record- The future of transit on the North Shore

Caden Fanshaw / May 15, 2019

One of the two crossings that links downtown Vancouver to the North Shore, the Lions Gate Bridge. (Pixabay)

Commuter chaos across the Lions Gate bridge, and the Ironworkers Memorial bridge heading to and from North Vancouver has prompted the BC Provincial Government to launch a study to look into new transit options to North Vancouver.

MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale Bowinn Ma is at the centre of it. She says her biggest challenege is cleaning up a mess that past governments created.

“Even if we implement the ten year mayors plan, by the time we finish we’re already going to be behind again, in terms if you compared service levels we used to have in the 1990’s per capita”

Bowinn MaMLA North Vancouver-Lonsdale

Why now?

Ma says as the population has grown across the Metro Vancouver area, the need for transit and moving those people around also increases.

According to the report, 62% in the CIty of North Vancouver, 78% in the District of North Vancouver, and 77% in West Vancouver drive to their destinations instead of taking transit.

The MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale says that’s one of the biggest contributors to backlog on the two crossings, but she says adding more lanes isn’t the answer.

“There’s lots of work left to do”

Bowinn MaMLA North Vancouver-Lonsdale

Check out the full interview about North Vancouver transit options and the process towards determining what transit option is right for the North Shore.