LETTER: Let's pursue rapid rail transit on the North Shore

Dear Editor:

Re: North Shore Needs LRT Now: SFU Expert, Oct. 5 front-page story.

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With municipal elections Oct. 20, there are no candidate platforms that clearly attend to improving one of the primary threats to our quality of life on the North Shore: traffic congestion. I have long advocated for the development of a commuter train on the North Shore (All Aboard the North Shore Express, Aug. 12, 2015 letter to the editor). The NSTPP (North Shore Transportation Planning Project) report describes that rapid rail is not currently a viable option for public transit on the North Shore and have instead recommended B-Line bus service. However, I wholeheartedly agree with the assessment by SFU researcher Stephan Nieweler that rapid rail transit is key to decreasing congestion and improving transit on the North Shore. Providing the option of rapid rail transit can lure people from their cars, whereas travel by bus is less appealing. Without rapid rail transit there is no desirable alternative for the majority of commuters and traffic congestion will become increasingly more unbearable on the North Shore for decades to come.

Mayoral candidates: want voters’ attention? Provide a platform with a clear and ambitious vision to pursue rapid rail transit on the North Shore.

Rocky Lis
North Vancouver

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