I grew up on the North Shore and remember hearing about this deal back when it was first made. This happened when the NDP was in power, they selected one of the cheapest options to upgrade the bridge and made this deal to expedite the whole process. They knew they would never win any votes on the North Shore so what did they care?
I highly doubt this agreement will ever happen. If the closure of the Lions Gate bridge depends on the construction of a new crossing, and Vancouver has a policy of "no new lanes" into the city, then why on earth would a government spend billions to move the crossing and have no new capacity to show for it?
The main thing that surprised me about the article was actually how antagonistic the North Shore politicians were towards Gregor Robertson.
“I had no idea of this (bridge closure) side-deal, and I think we’re getting the short end of the stick with TransLink,” MacKay-Dunn (North Vancouver Councilor) said. “I don’t want to pay for Gregor’s train to UBC or the Surrey mayor’s train.”
“I think Mayor Robertson hopes there won’t be any cars in 2030, and we’ll just all be riding bikes,” Mayor Smith commented when asked if he knows Robertson’s position on the bridge closure.