Public transit and alternative transportation modes are not currently competitive with the car for many trips.
Transit is often not competitive with driving for many trips given how dispersed the travel patterns are in the region. In particular, for trips along the Highway 1 corridor, the same distance can often be travelled by car in less than half the time it takes by transit. There are no current plans to replace either of the bridges and they can’t be expanded due to structural limitations.
While North Shore residents travel mainly to Vancouver and Burnaby, people travelling to the North Shore come from all over the region. The large catchment and long distances travelled by people going to the North Shore make walking, cycling and transit less competitive than driving.
This high-level representation illustrates the catchment area for people travelling across Burrard Inlet during the peak periods. The Second Narrows Bridge has the largest catchment of the three crossings, attracting trips from throughout the region along the Highway 1 corridor, whereas the Lions Gate Bridge and SeaBus serve more local trips between the central parts of the North Shore and northern parts of Vancouver. In terms of choice, North Shore residents are more likely to use transit to commute into Vancouver and Burnaby as compared to those commuting to or through the North Shore from the rest of the region, who are more likely to use a car.