Public transit is an important element of the regional transportation network, and improving transportation linkages and options is noted as a key goal of the SLRD’s Regional Growth Strategy. With this, the transportation strategy in the SLRD’s Integrated Sustainability Plan establishes public transit as a preferred mode of transportation.
Public transit connects communities and increases mobility for people of all ages, helping to build a strong economy and contributing to the overall health and sustainability of our regional communities and ecosystems. Public transit conserves energy, relieves traffic congestion, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, enhances community resilience and improves air quality.
There are three public transit systems in the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, all operated by BC Transit:
- Pemberton Valley Transit System (includes the Whistler commuter service)
- Whistler Transit System
- Squamish Transit System
Greyhound Canada also offers transit service in the southern part of the regional district.
Regional Transit Planning and Infrastructure
In 2008, the SLRD Board adopted Bylaw 1069 – 2008, which provides funding for regional transit planning and capital infrastructure.
The Sea to Sky Transit Future Plan
Over the past two years, BC Transit, in collaboration with local government partners, citizens and stakeholders, completed a long-term transit strategy: the Sea to Sky Transit Future Plan. This long-term transit strategy analyzes the existing system and envisions what the region’s transit network should look like 25 years from now including a description of the priorities, infrastructure and investment needed to get there. The Transit Future Plan also outlines procedures for plan implementation.
The Sea to Sky Transit Future Plan encompasses the Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton Valley local transit systems. It also includes among the region’s strategic priorities strategies to introduce interregional transit services.
As part of the Sea to Sky Transit Future Plan, there were two key regional recommendations for completion by 2020. They include:
- Undertake a Sea to Sky Corridor Transit Study. This comprehensive study will include the entire corridor (Metro Vancouver to the Pemberton Valley), and will consider the expansion of Regional and Interregional transit service in detail; and,
- Explore the Development of a Sea to Sky Transit Regional Governance Structure. Explore options for a more integrated regional governance structure for transit in the Sea to Sky area. The study would look at the benefits and risks with the goal of streamlining the implementation of Regional and Interregional transit, and enabling more comprehensive system management and performance monitoring.
Sea to Sky Corridor Transit Study
Building on the Sea to Sky Transit Future Plan which was completed in early 2016, BC Transit, in collaboration with local partners in the Sea to Sky area, is currently undertaking a detailed analysis of proposed new or expanded transit service connecting communities on the Sea to Sky Corridor. The study is focussed on determining potential ridership, service levels, routes and fares for regional and interregional services. Supporting infrastructure and governance changes are also being explored.
BC Transit, in partnership with the SLRD and other local governments in the region, recently conducted a survey to learn more about travel patterns and needs in the Sea to Sky Corridor. The survey closed on November 15, 2016. Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the survey - over 2,000 people!
The next step in the process will be to summarize all of the data and use this information to help develop proposed transit service options along the Sea to Sky Corridor. The goal is to share some of these proposals with the public early in 2017.
Projects / Initiatives
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