LETTER: B-Line bad for business

Dear Editor:

Re: Nice Things, Dec. 7 editorial viewpoint.

The Ambleside Dundarave Business Improvement Association agrees that transit investments in West Vancouver are long overdue. That does not mean that the proposed plan for the B-Line, that necessitates lane closures, and essential parking removal from the Ambleside Beach commercial area, supplies the transit that is needed by the community.

Removal of parking will be devastating to a business community that already competes against Park Royal as a destination for drivers who are provided ample public parking. The supply of public parking is only increasing at Park Royal - and as noted, it is well served by transit.

Increasing frequency of bus service and extending hours; greater north-south connections so that people can access transit on Marine Drive more frequently than once an hour; ensuring connections to Burnaby and other municipalities - these are essential to increase transit usage and deliver service to West Vancouver residents and visitors. TransLink wants to experiment with the B-Line and evaluate its success in 18 months.

Where does that leave the community if it fails?

Transit investment is desperately needed for employees, businesses, residents and visitors. Let’s consult with the community first and make sure those investments are the right ones.

Stephanie Jones

executive director, Ambleside & Dundarave Business Improvement Association
West Vancouver

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