“One of the courier dispatchers for a service located in Delta called coming to North Vancouver ‘the seventh circle of hell’.”
On January 16th the North Shore Chamber of Commerce released highlights of a survey they had conducted in the business community about the impacts of traffic gridlock on the North Shore. The quote that introduces this article was one of the responses.
The survey was released at an invitation only summit for local mayors, MLAs and MPs, which called on leaders to develop a bold, long-term vision for transportation in the region, and to include business at the table as solutions are being developed. Kevin Desmond, CEO of Translink, was also in attendance.
The results of the Chamber’s survey may be found here:
The survey found businesses on the North Shore had problems moving their products and with the fact that many of their employees commuted to the North Shore in impossible traffic. One respondent asked, “How can we ask people to work for our company when it takes them 2 hours to commute here?” Half of respondents reported that traffic issues raised problems attracting and retaining customers. Many of the businesses surveyed report they are considering moving off the North Shore.
Two other quotes reported in the survey were:
“All meetings and dealings with potential clients must be scheduled within a very narrow4 – hour window or else nobody can get to where they need to be.”
“Timing is everything! Go nowhere before 9:30am and be off the road by 3:00pm
The Chamber press release is here:
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