Rapid Transit coming to the North Shore

Anmol Aujla / March 3, 2020

The commute from Vancouver and the North Shore may become a bit easier for those tasking transit. The province is considering six different options for a new rapid system

In 2019 the government invested in a study that took a serious look at solutions that expand public transit to better connect the communities so people can travel around more freely. The intent of the study was to find a long-term transportation plan. The choices have been shortlisted to six options:

  • Downtown Vancouver to Lonsdale via First Narrows (tunnel crossing)
  • Downtown Vancouver to Lonsdale via Brockton Point (tunnel crossing)
  • Downtown Vancouver to West Vancouver via Lonsdale (tunnel crossing)
  • Downtown Vancouver to Lonsdale via Second Narrows (new bridge crossing)
  • Burnaby to Lonsdale via Second Narrows (new bridge crossing)
  • Burnaby to Lonsdale via Second Narrows (existing bridge crossing)

“We know that people living and working on the North Shore are frustrated with traffic congestion that has been increasing for years.” – Claire Trevena, Minister of Transport

The proposed routes are being considered for not only it’s compatibility of a transit crossing with existing and future land but the potential for affordable housing.

North Vancouver – Lonsdale MLA, Bowinn Ma says that she has heard the challenges and barriers community members face every day and the impact it has on their lives. Ma states that this study will help develop the lives on the community,

“people are eager to embrace more socially, environmentally responsible modes of transportation. This technical feasibility study to find a rapid transit solution across the Burrard Inlet is an important step toward a third fixed-link crossing to the North Shore.”

The study is being funded by The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, the districts of North Vancovuer, and West Vancouver, and the cities of Vancouver and North Vancouver are contributing to fund the study.

Vancouver Councillor Kennedy Stewart adds,

“the city understands that residents throughout the region are looking for reliable travel times and convenient access to jobs and leisure opportunities on both sides of the Burrard Inlet.”

The procurement process of the study has been led by Translink, the result will be used to inform the development of Transport 2050.

In a press release, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure share that making investments to improve transit is part of the government’s CleanBC plan, which will help reduce congestion and carbon pollution.