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Investing in Metro Vancouver’s transit future: The 10-Year Vision

10 Year Vision

In Metro Vancouver today there is overcrowding on the transit network, increased traffic congestion and another one million people moving here over the next 25 years.

It’s pretty clear that our transportation network needs new investment and we need it now.

That is why our local mayors created a 10-year Vision and today, the Mayor’s Council released some more information about Phase One of this vision.

This plan sets out the new services and infrastructure needs of our region now and down the road.

Phase One of the 10-Year Vision is funded through regional funding sources to match investments by the provincial and federal governments.

Phase One details:

  • Increase bus service by 10% across the region, starting in early 2017, including five new B-Line express routes
  • Purchase 50 new SkyTrain cars for the Expo, Millennium and Canada Lines, plus five new West Coast Express cars and a new SeaBus
  • Increase SkyTrain service in early 2017, by providing more service during mid-day and early evening hours
  • Improve the region’s major road network
  • Improve and expand walking and cycling infrastructure across the region;
  • Improve access to transit stations and stops
  • Continue planning and design work for the Broadway subway and Surrey light rail
  • Continue investing in system maintenance and performance.

The Phase One plan includes regional funding sources so that, if approved, we can begin rolling out new services and projects in the Vision starting in January 2017.

The goal is to reduce traffic and make transit commutes faster and more comfortable for all riders in communities across the region.

The public will get a chance to weigh in on the plan during public consultation that will take place in October.

Next Steps:

September 2016: 10-Year Vision: Phase One plan introduced

October 11–31, 2016: Public consultation on the Phase One plan

November 2016: Mayors’ Council and TransLink Board approve final plan

January 2017: Transit system improvements begin

Watch our FB LIVE stream of the press conference with Vancouver Mayor Robertson, Surrey Mayor Hepner and TransLink CEO, Kevin Desmond.

Want more information?
More details can be found in the 10-Year Vision and the press release.

Author: Adrienne Coling


4 Comments

  • By war on the car, September 16, 2016 @ 8:59 pm

    How long will it take (in terms of lead time) to add expansion orders on to TransLink’s bus procurement schedule? In the meantime, how many buses will be kept in service past their scheduled retirement as expansion buses?
    For that matter, are there any D60LFs that are in good enough shape to keep in service past the end of 2017?

    Also, when will the next round of bus orders (for 2017 delivery) go out to tender? Or will it all be exercising options on previous orders?

    Finally, is there any possibility of (as was done in 2012) ordering more articulated buses as direct replacements for 40-footers, and converting routes like the #25 and #106/#107 to artics the same way the #49 was?

  • By Sukhman, September 19, 2016 @ 7:36 am

    Well we talk about progress and vision but what about current transit system. I live near 176 st and 64 ave , there is only one bus that gives service from Langley to Surrey Central after 9’o clock. Transit has changed the route of that bus and moved to 60ave and 176 st . Now I have to walk 1.6 km from my home to bus stop

  • By Adrienne Coling, September 20, 2016 @ 12:12 pm

    Hi there, The increase of the buses will come from not retiring parts of the fleet. As to the specific models and procurement, I’ll have to look into that for you! Stay tuned… :)

  • By Raymond, October 23, 2016 @ 8:19 pm

    Hi there i have a question about the monthly pass fare increase. What month would that start?

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