The lack of transit access in our area is an urgent problem, based on the growing number of employees working in the area, and new residential development that is proposed. Over 3,000 workers are currently employed along the waterfront, and is forecast to reach almost 4,000 by 2030. Traffic congestion on the North Shore is already a crisis, and will only get worse if we don’t do more to encourage alternative forms of transportation.
The District of North Vancouver and City of North Vancouver should be encouraging growth in employment and economic activity, but the potential for our area to retain and attract businesses depends on convenient access to public transit. We believe that by working together as businesses and local governments, we can develop solutions that will help support employee retention, and also promote the success of TransLink’s enhanced bus service along Marine Drive.
Our Waterfront Transportation Coalition has initiated a study of interim options for connecting workers with the rapid bus line, including an employer-funded multi-stop shuttle service, construction of a pedestrian overpass at the foot of Pemberton Avenue, and applying to TransLink to establish an Independent Transit Service (ITS). We support advancing these studies, in partnership with TransLink, so we can find ways to provide the services our area desperately needs.
Read the letter we sent to the Integrated North Shore Transportation Planning Project (INSTPP) and local representatives, regarding transportation solutions for North Vancouver’s Industrial Waterfront (PDF).