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Public interest in Sea to Sky transit option

Posted on October 20, 2017

BC Transit and its Sea to Sky local government partners have released a study showing there is public interest in a potential transit service connecting the communities along the Sea to Sky corridor, from Metro Vancouver to the Pemberton Valley.

The Sea to Sky Corridor Regional Transit Study was a collaborative effort involving the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, the District of Squamish, the Resort Municipality of Whistler, the Village of Pemberton, the Lil’wat and Squamish Nations, BC Transit, the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, and TransLink.

The Sea to Sky Corridor Regional Transit Study is based on a market demand analysis and on feedback gathered during a two-phase public engagement process. It outlines proposed transit service concepts that would potentially allow BC Transit to run between Whistler, Squamish and Metro Vancouver, and to improve existing service between Whistler and Pemberton. Details include proposals about potential routing, bus stop locations, and infrastructure requirements.

“The District of Squamish has long been an advocate of regional transit to address increased congestion and adverse environmental effects from heavy highway traffic accessing the corridor for recreation and tourism, and to offer a greener option for residents who commute via the highway to work,” said Patricia Heintzman, mayor of the District of Squamish. “We remain committed to working with our partners to move this project forward, and to build a more connected, sustainable Sea to Sky Corridor.”

The Province of British Columbia and the Sea to Sky local government partners will work together to review and develop a governance and funding model. Once a governance and funding model is established service implementation work can begin.

“TransLink is supportive of an interregional service that will connect the Sea to Sky Corridor to our service area and decrease the number of single occupant vehicles,” said Kevin Desmond, CEO of TransLink. “We look forward to taking part in future conversations about this initiative and will work to make connections as seamless as possible.”

If the proposed service is implemented, the study suggests providing approximately 15,000 annual hours of transit service to the corridor. This initial proposed service would consist of six round trips on weekdays and four round trips on weekends between Whistler, Squamish and Metro Vancouver, where passengers would be able to transfer to the TransLink system. The study also proposes adding two new daily round trips to the existing service between the Pemberton Valley and Whistler.

The study can be viewed online at BCTransit.com/Seatosky.

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