Metro Vancouver’s biggest transportation expansion is underway.
Phase Two – Mayors’ 10-Year Vision
Phase One of the plan began in 2017. And now thanks to the federal and provincial governments and Metro Vancouver municipalities, there is now funding for Phase Two of the Mayors’ Council 10-Year Vision – an unprecedented multi-year plan that provides improvements in bus routes, rapid transit, modernizing existing rapid transit and much more.
This regional funding is an important step forward for transit and transportation in Metro Vancouver.
Key elements of the plan for Phase Two include:
- Construction of Surrey-Newton-Guildford Light Rail
- Construction of Millennium Line Broadway Extension
- Significant upgrade of existing Expo-Millennium Lines to expand capacity to meet and improve the customer experience
- An 8% increase in bus service to address overcrowding, reduce wait times and bring bus services to communities with limited service
- Improvements to sidewalks, bikeways, multi-use pathways and roadways
This investment will ensure a sustainable regional share to help us continue to meet the demands of today and prepare for the future. In 2017 alone, there was a 6% increase in transit ridership. Demand for transit will only continue to grow as we add more than one million people to the region in the next 30 years.
Unfortunately, Phase Three of the Mayors’ 10-Year Vision is waiting in the wings, unfunded.
There is much more to do.
- We now need to see Phase Two implemented in a fair, responsible, accountable, transparent manner, to ensure taxpayer money is being spent prudently, and that commitments made are being fulfilled.
- We need to start planning for funding Phase Three of the Mayors’ Plan.
- We also need to take a broader look at future planning for transit and transportation as TransLink begins consultation on the Regional Transportation Strategy. This is the Coalition’s next priority
Integrating Transportation with Future Planning
We know that transit and road improvements alone are not the whole answer.
We need to ensure that our region’s land use planning is fully integrated with transit and transportation planning – and economic development planning.
We acknowledge that some form of equitable mobility pricing will also need to be part of our transportation future, and we need public consultation and leadership for that.
Other innovative, alternative transportation options need to be explored and incorporated. We must be flexible enough to recognize new solutions when they arise.
Let’s make this happen.