Frequently Asked Questions

What are the next steps for Burrard Inlet Rapid Transit (BIRT?)

People need more, and better, options for moving to, through, and from the North Shore.

Transport 2050, TransLink’s regional strategy, commits to moving forward with BIRT, a fully traffic-separated rapid transit connection to the North Shore between Park Royal and Metrotown. North Shore Connects will support TransLink, government agencies, and stakeholders to determine the most appropriate alignment, travel technology and phasing for the project to realize the significant benefits rapid transit will bring to the North Shore and region.

Why is rapid transit to the North Shore needed?

The North Shore is a highly desirable place to live, work and play. It’s also an important economic driver in British Columbia with its tourism destinations, nationally significant port and ship building facilities, university, and arts and film industries. But increasing roadway congestion and unpredictable travel times are affecting the health and wellbeing of people, our environment and our economy. North Shore Connects partners are working to get the planning work done as quickly as possible for a rapid transit connection to better connect the North Shore to the existing Metro Vancouver rapid transit network.

What are the key priorities of North Shore Connects?

We all want to move from place to place as easily and efficiently as possible. North Shore Connects will work together to improve mobility and advocate for long overdue transportation investments. We will prioritize improvements that reduce congestion, support livable and connected communities, and grow the economy. Key priorities include Burrard Inlet Rapid Transit, a western Lower Level Road extension, and a long-term plan for the section of Highway 1 between Lynn Valley Road and the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal.

How will you get these projects done?

North Shore Connects will work in collaboration with TransLink, the Province of B.C. and the Government of Canada to plan, secure funding for, and implement projects that improve transportation on, to and from the North Shore.