A North Shore rapid-transit line might’ve just gotten one step closer to reality.
On Tuesday, May 14th, it was announced that TransLink and municipal funding partners will study the technical feasibility of a potential rapid-transit crossing across the Burrard Inlet to the North Shore.
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“Our government recognizes commuters on the North Shore are frustrated with congestion,” said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.
“With this feasibility study, we’re exploring potential solutions that help people move around more easily, which will improve quality of life”.
In 2018, the Integrated North Shore Transportation Planning Project, led by Bowinn Ma, MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale was put forward. One of its recommendations put forward was connecting Lonsdale City Centre with Vancouver’s metropolitan core and the “regional rapid transit network”.
“Traffic congestion is intricately connected to issues like housing affordability,” said Ma.
By studying the possibility of a North Shore rapid-transit line, the province will consider the compatibility of a transit crossing with existing and future land use. They’ll also look at the potential for affordable housing as part of its evaluation metrics.
In addition, the study could consider increased use of the Burrard Inlet through an extended passenger ferry network.
As it currently stands, residents of the North Shore deal with heavy traffic delays on a day-to-day basis. Many will welcome this latest announcement.
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