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North Shore residents split on bus rapid transit plan, poll finds

More than a quarter of residents say they need to know how the plan will impact roads before they can decide if they like it.
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TransLink has cited Brisbane's bus rapid transit line as an example of what could be coming to Metro Vancouver.

TransLink says a new bus rapid transit network could get us moving around the region at a fraction of the cost of new SkyTrain lines and the work could be done in a much faster timeline.

But how do traffic-weary North Shore residents and commuters feel about a plan that could see some local roads repurposed for bus rapid transit?

The North Shore News polled 1,153 readers and asked the question: What do you think of the plan for bus rapid transit to the North Shore?

The poll ran from April 28 to May 9, 2022. Of the 1,153 votes, we can determine that 544 are from within the community. The full results are as follows:

It's good. It can move a lot of people and we can get it done quickly. 37.87 % local, 38.86 % total    
I have to see how it will impact existing roads before I make up my mind. 27.94 % local, 26.19 % total    
It's bad. We should be getting SkyTrain, even if it costs us more and takes a decade. 34.19 % local, 34.95 % total    
  Local   Total

A study released in 2021 by North Shore Connects, which is made up of the three North Shore municipalities and two First Nations, found a rapid transit line would take 50,000 vehicle trips per day off the two North Shore bridges.

Public consultations on the plan wrapped on May. 4.

Results are based on an online study of adult North Shore News readers that are located in North Vancouver and West Vancouver. The margin of error - which measures sample variability - is +/- 2.88%, 19 times out of 20.

North Shore News uses a variety of techniques to capture data, detect and prevent fraudulent votes, detect and prevent robots, and filter out non-local and duplicate votes.