District of West Vancouver, Squamish Nation, Tsleil-Waututh, City and the District of North Vancouver–now branded as North Shore Connects—are working together to prioritize transportation improvements on the North Shore.
North Shore Connects will make it easier for people who live, work and play on the North Shore to get around.
North Shore Connects is focused on reducing congestion, supporting livable and connected communities, strengthening regional transportation, and growing the economy.
Partners will work in tandem to improve mobility and advocate for long overdue investments.
The partners of North Shore Connects have released an economic impact study that looked at the benefits of a Burrard Inlet Rapid Transit (BIRT) investment for the North Shore, the Metro Vancouver region.
The benefits include:
Shifting more than 50,000 daily vehicle trips across Burrard Inlet to transit, resulting in decreased congestion, emissions, and collisions.
A near doubling of jobs accessible within a 60-minute transit ride for North Shore residents.
Improved connectivity and economic development conditions for four First Nations reserves across the North Shore.
This benefits assessment will be presented to the Mayors’ Council and TransLink with the goal of prioritizing BIRT for early investment as part of the region’s next round of transit and transportation investment planning.
Once an investment in rapid transit over the inlet is confirmed, North Shore Connects will support TransLink, government agencies, and stakeholders to determine the most appropriate alignment and travel technology, according to a media release.