NORTH VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Should there be a SkyTrain to the North Shore? One local mayor is calling for TransLink to look into adding a crossing.
North Vancouver Mayor Darrell Mussatto is calling for a feasibility study to be done into connecting the network across the Burrard Inlet, from Waterfront Station and Lonsdale Quay.
He says there are several factors to consider.
“Is there enough density in the lower-Lonsdale area on the north shore? What would be the options if we were going to do it — would we do a tunnel.. cut and cover? Or would we maybe look at doing some rapid transit on the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge?” says Mussatto.
“Also, take into consideration the future growth of the Sea to Sky Corridor, which is the Squamish to Whistler area.”
He says they haven’t seen an increase in the nine lanes of traffic in and out of North and West Vancouver in 57 years.
Mussatto says SkyTrain options needs to be looked at ahead of a third crossing for vehicles, which would only add to the gridlock on the North Shore.
“We’re seeing a tonne of that traffic coming through our municipalities and we can’t cope with it anymore. So, if we don’t do these kinds of studies and start looking at it now, we’re going to be making poor decisions. And we may be looking at a third crossing, which I don’t think people realize the effects, both positive and negative, that it would have on the North Shore.”
Rapid Transit to the North Shore – 4 to 6 Billion Reasons Not!
I see politicians are floating trial balloons about transit, before the upcoming election and from the North Shore it is extending rapid transit to North Vancouver and beyond.
The cost to extend the Canada Line or the ALRT/ART Lines (both lines are incompatible in operation) to North Vancouver is around $4 billion to $6 billion, yet is there the passenger demand for this investment?
I doubt it.
Yet a 35 km tramtrain could be built, extending as far as Horseshoe Bay for about $500 to $600 million, using, in part, existing railway infrastructure.
The most practical transit route is, of course, the Leewood/Rail for the Valley Vancouver/Richmond TramTrain to Chilliwack, which a deluxe version could be built for $1.5 billion and an economy version as low as $750 million.
What is practical and cost effective is seldom done in Metro Vancouver, where transit is built strictly for political prestige.
Will rapid transit one day make it across Burrard Inlet? North Van mayor weighs in
by Brock Hunter
Posted Mar 5, 2017