Business in Vancouver‘s Glen Korstrom reports that Tsawwassen Mills has no intent to change the way the traffic circulates in the mega mall parking lot to alleviate the huge jams of idling cars trying to access and exit the 180 store behemoth on Class 1 farmland. With only three exits servicing 6,000 parking spaces, things can get a little dicey. And a little heated.
The first opening weekend traffic flag people hired by the mall as well as the Delta police and RCMP worked to make traffic flow. However that did not stop anxious car idlers from driving their SUVs’ over landscaping to escape the curvilinear feeder streets, nor did it stop shoppers from parking along Highway 17 and in an adjacent farmer’s field. Coupled with the rain, and some hot tempers it was like watching an outdoors monster truck rally.
Approximately 284,000 shoppers jammed B.C.’s newest mall in the six days following Tsawwassen Mills’ October 5 launch and many of them complained about being stuck in parking lot gridlock that was so bad that it took up to four hours to leave the facility.
“To prevent [gridlock] from happening again, we’ve adapted some of the learnings to the traffic control people we have in place for the busier times,” the mall’s general manager Mark Fenwick told Business in Vancouver October 13.
The Bunt and Associates Transportation Planning and Engineering plan for Ivanhoe Cambridge will not be amended. The mall manager states “What we’re doing is providing some educational material for guests to better show guests how they would exit the parking lot .It’s not as simple as having one exit on each side of the property. As people learn the site, it will flow a lot better, I’m sure.”
No mention of how to get there by transit or how to access the site safely from nearby Tsawwassen by foot. Motordom is alive and well on this farmland floodplain location.