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Plan sets the course for transportation in Richmond, Delta and Tsawwassen

Southwest Area Transport Plan (SWATP) finalized

Ladner Village

Restaurant manager Nirav Surani employs many teenagers and young adults at the Tsawwassen Mills mall’s KFC, who travel from communities throughout Metro Vancouver to work there part-time.

The younger ones are enjoying their first work experience, while earning spending money. Others are post-secondary students working to help offset student loans.

While some drive to work, most rely on transit to get to-and-from the mall, or to connect to the mall’s employee shuttle service near SkyTrain’s Scott Road Station.

That’s why it’s welcome news for Nirav that transit, cycling, walking and road infrastructure are set to improve in Richmond, Delta and the Tsawwassen First Nation with TransLink’s Southwest Area Transport Plan (SWATP) finalized.

Nirav Surani

Nirav Surani

The plan serves as a blueprint for how we can best allocate our resources over the next decade to improve transit and transportation in the area, including important connections to North Delta.

Most notably for Nirav and his employees, a Tier 1 recommendation in the plan is adding the 601 Bridgeport Station/South Delta/Boundary Bay to the Frequent Transit Network (FTN). This route is one of three that directly serves the mall.

The FTN are corridors where transit service is frequent enough that customers don’t need to refer to a schedule. They operate at least every 15 minutes in both directions throughout the day and into the evening, every day of the week.

“Definitely, I’m excited that more improvements will be coming,” says Nirav. “It will not only help employees get to the mall, but also the general public. The weekends are always so busy, and I’m sure more people want to come to the mall.”

Tier 1 recommendations in the plan will be advanced first, as funding allows and alongside other regional priorities. The first improvements begin rolling out in September as part of our Fall Service Changes—stay tuned for details!

Other Tier 1 recommendations include:

  • Additional frequency on the 301, 311 and 430
  • Redesigning both the 401 and 410/C98 routes, each becoming two routes
  • Upgrading the 403 and 601 to the Frequent Transit Network
  • Expanded employment area coverage for the 104

Visit translink.ca/swatp to learn more about the Southwest Area Transport Plan!

Also, just last week, the Mayors’ Council and the TransLink Board of Directors approved the $7.3-billion investment plan for Phase Two of the 10-Year Vision. The first of the new service begins rolling out in 2019. Included in Phase Two for the southwest area:

  • A new B-Line connecting Richmond to the SkyTrain’s Expo Line
  • Extending the 640 from Ladner Exchange to connect with the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal
  • Extending the hours of service on the 606, 608, N10 and N15
  • Reducing wait times on the 301, 401, 402 and 407
  • Reducing overcrowding on the 351

A big thanks to the more than 3,200 people who participated in the public engagement on the Southwest Area Transport Plan in spring 2017, and for those of you who offered feedback on the draft report that was made public in winter 2017! We also worked closely with our local government partners in Richmond, Delta and the Tsawwassen First Nation to finalize this plan.

The SWATP is a living document, which means we will continue to work collaboratively with local government partners to stay on track to deliver the recommendations in the plan.

We are committed to reaching out to the public again when addressing changes that are more challenging and would require some trade-offs in benefits.

Draft report for Phase 2 of the Southwest Area Transport Plan is in!

Click here to read the draft report!

Hey Richmond, Delta and Tsawwassen First Nation!

Thank you to everyone who participated in Phase 2 consultation this spring on the Southwest Area Transport Plan (SWATP). The draft report recommendations for Phase 2 are in and ready for your review! We want to know what you think from now until December 1, 2017 December 10, 2017.

During consultation, which included an online survey and in-person engagement activities, we heard concerns about the proposed changes to routes such as the 602 and 480.

That’s why we made modifications to all of the proposals that had significant-to-moderate concern expressed. In fact, after reading through all of your comments, we even found ways to make some of the proposals which received strong support even better!

Visit translink.ca/swatp to read the Phase 2 draft report and the recommendations. Have a look through and let us know what you think by emailing swatp@translink.ca, leaving feedback by visiting translink.ca/feedback or calling 604.953.3333.

What is the Southwest Area Transport Plan?

The Southwest Area Transport Plan establishes a blueprint for the transit and transportation needs in Richmond, South Delta, the Tsawwassen First Nation and important connections to North Delta.

What’s next?

We’ve been working closely with our partners in Richmond, Delta and the Tsawwassen First Nation and look forward to their endorsement of the SWATP. The final plan will be available in early 2018.

As well, recommendations that include changes to the transit network would likely undergo additional public engagement when they are being considered for implementation.

Our planners chat with residents at Steveston Farmers & Artisans Market during Phase 2 Southwest Area Transport Plan consultation this past spring.

For future notifications around the Southwest Area Transport Plan, sign up for our eNewsletter or head to the TransLink website for more information.

Thank you for participating in our Southwest Area Transport Plan

#PaulThePlanner explains some of the proposals in Phase 2 of the Southwest Area Transport Plan to a pair of residents.

A big thank you to everyone who got involved and had their say on the Southwest Area Transport Plan (SWATP)! We received more than 3,200 survey responses between May 23 and June 19.  We also heard directly from people at 16 in-person events, some with more than 500 people in attendance.

While we are still going through all of the input we received, some of what we heard included lots of support for proposals that identified new bus service, including new connections from Expo Line to the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal, a proposed service from Ladner Exchange to Langley, and new service along Blundell Road in Richmond.  Additionally, there was support for increased frequency on existing bus services, such as the 301, 311, 388, 430 and C76.

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Get involved! Southwest Area Transport Plan consultation continues May 23 to June 19, 2017

Last year we began consultation for the Southwest area of Metro Vancouver that highlighted transportation improvements in Richmond, Tsawwassen First Nation, South Delta and connections to North Delta.

We’re back again with Phase 2 of the Southwest Area Transport Plan (SWATP) and we still need your help and want your input!

Take the survey from May 23 until June 19 and have your say, your way on proposed changes for this area.

What exactly IS SWATP?

I’m so glad you asked!

SWATP is a review of this area that will focus on improving transit service and infrastructure while addressing cycling, walking, driving and goods movement.

The planning process looks at customer experience, current and projected land use and development, transportation and ridership data as well as feedback from the public, stakeholders and local governments.

What is the goal of SWATP?

Proposed changes in Phase 2 aim to:

  • Provide more reliable and convenient bus service.
  • Provide Frequent Transit Network (FTN) service along key corridors.
  • Improve bus service for growing communities and large areas of employment, including industrial areas.
  • Make NightBus more direct for service to Richmond City Centre and YVR Airport.
  • Identify regionally-significant corridors for cycling investment.

How do I get involved?

Again, so glad you asked!

First, read all about the proposed changes to Southwest area at translink.ca/swatp.

Take the survey!

It just takes a few minutes of your time and you can do so by clicking here.

Attend an in-person event:

Ladner May Days
Sunday, May 28, 2017
10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Steveston Farmers & Artisans Market
Sunday, June 4, 2017
10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Bridgeport Station
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
3 p.m.–7 p.m.

Tsawwassen Farmers Market
Saturday, June 10, 2017
10 a.m.–2 p.m.

North Delta Farmers Market
Sunday, June 11, 2017
10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Pick up a paper copy of the survey at these locations:

  • Delta library branches– George Mackie, Ladner Pioneer, Tsawwassen
  • Kennedy Seniors Recreation Centre (North Delta)
  • KinVillage Community Centre (Tsawwassen)
  • McKee Seniors Recreation Centre (Ladner)
  • Minoru Place Activity Centre (Richmond)
  • Richmond Centre for Disability
  • Richmond Chinese Community Society
  • Richmond Public Library branches–Brighouse, Cambie, Ironwood, Steveston
  • Tsawwassen First Nation–Administration building, Lands department office

**Please note** Surveys are available in both English and traditional Chinese at in-person events. The online survey is in English only.

The feedback you share with us from May 23 to June 19 will be considered, along with other technical and budgetary factors, as we identify transportation priorities for the Southwest area.

Thank you for participating and making your voice heard!

Need more information?
Visit the project page or sign up for TransLink eNewsletters!

Author: Adrienne Coling