North Shore Connects

North Shore Connects is a partnership between the District of West Vancouver, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation), City of North Vancouver, District of North Vancouver and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation).

North Shore Connects will make it easier for people who live, work and play on the North Shore to get around. We are working together to reduce congestion, strengthen regional connections and support livable communities. Our goal is to help everyone spend more time living, and less time commuting.

This initiative builds on the work and recommendations of the Integrated North Shore Transportation Planning Project. 

The partners of North Shore Connects 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, as well as provincial and national economies. Important benefits include:

  • Shifting approximately 50,000 daily vehicle trips 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 as part of the regional planning process, North Shore Connects will support TransLink, government agencies, and stakeholders to determine the most appropriate alignment and travel technology.

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