Transportation constraints and road congestion on the North Shore continue to challenge the livability of our communities.
In January of 2018,a steering committee made up of elected officials and a TransLink representative was formed to lead the Integrated North Shore Transportation Planning Project (INSTPP). Alongside the Committee, a staff working group made up of representatives from all levels of government on the North Shore, TransLink and the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority was tasked to understand the access and mobility challenges, and explore possible actions.
Our collaborative approach to transportation planning created a unique opportunity for all partner agencies to produce unified recommendations to improve how people and goods move around the North Shore and across the Burrard Inlet.
What did we find?
Through this process and extensive transportation analysis, we identified five key access and mobility challenges.
Land use is largely car oriented
Transit and alternative modes of travel aren't competitive with travel by car
Measures are lacking to manage road use
Road use exceeds capacity at key times and pinch points
The road network has gaps that reduce choice and increase congestion
Challenges such as the lack of affordable housing to support a local workforce, abundance of single-family residential areas, a constrained road network, and capacity limitations imposed by the two bridges create unique transportation impacts for the North Shore. Addressing these challenges will require changes in how and when we travel, and how future growth should be accommodated on the North Shore.