The findings of a two-year study into the transit systems operating in the Sea to Sky Corridor have been released.
The study aimed to develop and present a business case for the proposal of new regional and interregional transit systems. The study was conducted and authored by BC Transit, in collaboration with the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD), District of Squamish (DoS), Village of Pemberton (VoP), Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW), Líl’wat Nation, Squamish Nation, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) and TransLink.
The report, which was released on October 26, outlines a short to medium term strategy for transit in the Sea to Sky Corridor, including what resources, infrastructure and investment is needed to implement this service.
Included in the report are proposed transit service developments and changes. Numerous recommendations have been made, with the most immediate and relevant period extending to 2020. Some key points from the study are below:
- Additional regional transit service expansion is recommended beyond 2020;
- The market demand analysis estimates a unique daily ridership of 575 in the corridor (Pemberton through Metro Vancouver), which exposes significant latent demand for transit;
- The proposed transit service details include routing, bus stop locations and infrastructure requirements. The short-term service proposal requires 8 buses, and 15,100 annual service hours, providing approximately 6 weekday round trips and 4 weekend round trips between Whistler/Squamish and Metro Vancouver, and an additional 2 daily round trips on the currently operating Pemberton to Whistler segment;
- Total costs are estimated at $3,310,000, including a shared Local Government cost of up to $1,900,000 (which does not include projected fare and advertising revenue)