BC government to fund key recommendation of MLA Ma’s North Shore transportation project

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NORTH VANCOUVER – In just 2 years, MLA Bowinn Ma and the Integrated North Shore Transportation Planning Project (INSTPP) have delivered results to get people on the North Shore moving again. Earlier today the Ministry of Transportation announced they will be funding a rapid transit feasibility study, a key recommendation made by INSTPP.

“Traffic congestion impacts people in our community on a daily basis,” said MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale Bowinn Ma. “Today’s announcement is an important step forward in our work to getting the North Shore moving again with smart, sustainable, long-term solutions.”

Ma continued by thanking partners at all levels for helping advance this project. “Delivering on this wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for the cooperation and insights from all levels of government and other stakeholders.”

Unfortunately, for far too long, the BC Liberal government took residents on the North Shore for granted, and failed to act on increased congestion and growing transportation needs.

“Governing means meeting at the table to talk about solutions,” said former Mayor of The City of North Vancouver, Darrell Mussatto. “While I served as Mayor of North Vancouver it was obvious to me that the BC Liberal government was not willing to do that.”

Mussatto added that transit expansion across Metro Vancouver was never a priority for the BC Liberal government. When Mussatto first raised the idea of rapid transit to the North Shore in 2016, he didn’t receive the needed support from the province.

“As transportation needs on the North Shore and across Metro Vancouver grew, they were neglected by the previous government. I’m glad this government has taken a different approach. The Mayor’s Council waited a long time to have their provincial counterpart meet them at the table.”

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