North Van Chamber of Commerce pleads for action on traffic concerns

 

“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 narrow
4 – hour window or else nobody can get to where they need to be.”
and
“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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One thought on “North Van Chamber of Commerce pleads for action on traffic concerns”

  1. The problem is with the North Shore municipalities, including the District of North Vancouver, issuing too many construction permits for high density development, in particular. Anyone frequently driving on the cut during the day is familiar with the sight of large tandem trucks being pulsed down the highway such that there is typically one slowly entering the top of the cut, while another slowly exits the bottom. Each truck essentially blocks the right hand land, As the trucks travel down the cut they effectively block a lane of traffic, and cause a traffic jamb as vehicles merge into the left-hand lane to get around the truck. The effect is to continually block the right-hand lane throughout the day – like a vehicle accident that never clears. So .. there needs to be some communication between councils on the North Shore regarding the number and characteristic of building permits issued. Those that require extensive excavation must be limited – as the Upper Levels highway will continue to be backed-up throughout the day. Our council members favour an overly simplistic explanation, stating the problem is the cost of housing and that employees commuting to the North Shore to work are responsible for the problem. Clearly that is not the case, as those employees have to get to work and have to leave work on time – and are not responsible for the continual 9 am – 3 pm back-up on the highway. The problem is construction and the unsustainable practice of municipal governments on the North Shore issuing too many building permits at once. It’s time to put a brake on development.

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