How fast has traffic been growing on the Lions Gate Bridge? (a) 0.1 percent per year (b) 2 percent per year (c) 4 percent per year
Is it a trick question if I tell you it’s a trick question? Because the answer is that traffic has been dropping on the Lions Gate Bridge – and has been for close to a decade.
I have been in traffic jams on the North Shore recently, and they can be severe. But what do the numbers suggest? … New bridge traffic caused by localized population growth is more than offset by a decline in overall bridge traffic. Ministry of Transportation tables show a steady decline in weekday traffic volumes on the North Shore bridges since 2005. The population is ageing. People are working from home, and shopping from home. On the Lions Gate, the reduction in volume was 4.4 per cent on average from 2005 through 2013; on the Second Narrows, average weekday traffic volumes dropped by 2.8 per cent for the same period. This pattern can be observed across the region. … A colleague who commutes across the Lions Gate almost every day said that North Shore residents look forward to the construction of a third Burrard Inlet vehicle crossing. This is not going to happen. I have no financial or emotional stake in this; but as noted in a previous post on this site, politicians in the City of Vancouver rejected even the addition of a single lane to the Lions Gate bridge in the 1990s. Resistance to the concept would be more intense today.
Right you are, Fraseropolis. The resistance would be intense – but that doesn’t mean the Ministry of Transportation wouldn’t try. They are where Washington State DOT was not that long ago – defying data, projecting an ever-rising growth line into the future, and, when it comes to vision, arriving at this:
Looking ahead to the next 10 years, here are some highlights of key strategies and actions being explored for B.C. on the Move:
Continuing to expand and improve highway capacity, bridges and side roads