A few years ago I was part of a group for whom Translink (then still under the Liberal governent) presented their plan for the new Phibbs Exchange in the District of North Vancouver. Although everyone agreed that any change to the current godforsaken, wind-swept emptiness of a bus loop was a good thing, we also identified three significant and obvious shortcomings: no public washrooms*; no Kiss ‘n’ Ride for passenger drop-off; and no Park and Ride lot for regular commuters.
If you were to take every study of how to increase transit use it all comes down to one thing: make it easy. Sometimes making it easy is about accepting that a commuter using transit for half of her trip is still better than having her drive all of the way downtown. Sometimes it’s just easier or more practical to drive to a hub and switch to the bus or Skytrain.
Recently I’ve been studying French at the Alliance Française de Vancouver. They’re located on Cambie, just north of 49th, so from the North Shore it makes a lot of sense to take the Seabus and Skytrain for classes.Read more »