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.
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.
Author: Adrienne Coling