Although Whistler is a go-to getaway for many in Metro Vancouver (and beyond), issues such as parking and slow-moving highway traffic can plague the popular mountain town – especially on big snow days or holidays – and often result in drivers feeling literally and figuratively stuck.
Now, the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is attempting to counter the issue by moving ahead on a number of initiatives to help improve transportation within Whistler and across the Sea to Sky Corridor.
“Helping people travel to and within Whistler and ensuring they get to where they want to go in a timely matter are high-priorities for our community,” said Whistler Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden in a statement.
And on Tuesday, January 17, a Transportation Community Forum was held at the Whistler Conference Centre, attended by approximately 200 people.
They were there to discuss –and learn more about – extensive research over the past year and proposed future work plans to address Whistler’s transportation challenges.
During the evening, attendees participated in table discussions and had conversations with members of Council, TAG, transportation experts and RMOW staff about the proposed actions.
In addition, The Transportation Advisory Group (TAG) has been re-activated in response to transportation and parking pressure in and around Whistler, the RMOW says on its website. The group was originally formed in 1996 and active until 2012.
Comprised of stakeholders representing the RMOW, Whistler Blackcomb, Tourism Whistler, the Whistler Chamber of Commerce, BC Transit, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, as well as four citizens-at-large, TAG is in the process of “finalizing its short-term action plan based on months of research on the use of Whistler’s highways, roads, parking and transit. Medium and long-term actions will be released in late 2017,” the RMOW says on its website.
After months-long research, TAG presented a number of key findings. They include:
TAG proposed a number of short-term actions at the forum, for both the winter and summer season:
A survey regarding these plans is now available online, and is open until February 7.