More bus frequency on Route 1 Brackendale and 2 Highlands, and seasonal transit to Oceanfront are part of a three-year transit expansion plan for Squamish for 2023 and 2024.
There are also plans to introduce service to Alice Lake and Britannia Beach, and improve weekend service on frequent transit network. The first expansion would cost $350,000 and service to Alice Lake and Britannia Beach would cost $483,944, shared by the province and the District.
These expansions are part of the Transit Future Action Plan, which the District began working with BC Transit to develop in 2020.
The year one expansion on the Routes 1 and 2 will result in approximately 15-minute frequency during peak times and is proposed to be in service in September 2023.
The Oceanfront expansion is intended to provide introductory seasonal service (mid-June to Labour Day weekend) to the new Oceanfront Park, which could open in summer 2023. In 2024-25, there are plans for a new service to Alice Lake and Britannia Beach, though service is dependent on the development of agreements with BC Parks and the Squamish Lillooet Regional District, respectively.
A new transit maintenance facility and the Garibaldi Village exchange are other projects that will be underway in the next three years. The 2022 Squamish Transit Future Action Plan is an ambitious five-year plan that includes approximately doubling conventional transit service hours and reconfiguring the transit network.