Moving BC Believes BC’s Transportation Infrastructure and Systems are
an ambitious transportation infrastructure plan, our current transportation
system will grind to a halt. It keeps getting worse and worse.
Our bridges and highways in the Lower
Mainland are used well beyond their designed capacities. Our
road network has had no significant improvements in more than 25
A recent TransLink/Ipsos Reid survey confirmed
82% of GVRD residents cite traffic as a major problem.
Average commuter time has increased 36% in the
There are 2.1 million people in the Lower
Mainland today and our population is expected to increase to 3
million by 2031.
Continued population and employment growth
will mean more traffic and demands on our transportation system.
greatest projected population growth is in Richmond, the northeast
sector, Surrey, northwest Langley, and Abbotsford.
in inter-municipal travel is causing complex travel patterns that
are difficult to serve with our existing road network and transit
residents working in other municipalities have exceeded the growth
of other Greater Vancouver residents working in Vancouver by a ratio
of 9 to 1.
Canada estimates the economic impact of congestion on all traffic
in the region at $1.5 billion per year and these rising costs are
passed onto consumers.
the last 10 years, only 7% of new offices have been based in regional
town centers efficiently served by transit, while almost 50% have
gone into suburban office parks, located primarily in Burnaby, New
Westminster, and Richmond.
four-lane Port Mann Bridge was built in 1964 when the population
of Greater Vancouver was just 800,000. Today it is 2.1 million.
In fact, more people live south of the Fraser now than lived in
all of Greater Vancouver when the Port Mann was opened. The Port
Mann Bridge is the worst bottleneck in the province’s most important
trade corridor and is gridlocked for up to 13 hours a day. It is
Canada's largest parking lot. Public transit cannot use the Port
Mann as there is too much congestion to keep a reliable schedule.
land use and transportation strategies are necessary to manage congestion
effectively. We need a balance of transit, road and bridge improvements,
congestion reduction tactics (e.g. HOV lanes), and public transit
options to keep our economy strong and our region livable.
Get Moving BC Supports Initiatives
that Promote Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety
68 pedestrians died on BC roadways in 2005,
25 of those in the Vancouver Metro Area.
Expansion of BC’s transportation
infrastructure must integrate pedestrian and cyclist concerns
and promote their safety.
safety measures include: traffic signal enhancements, left-turn
bays, traffic calming methods, street lighting, pedestrian and bicycle
facilities, signage, traffic law enforcement, and education.
Get Moving BC Believes a
Successful Transportation System Requires Collective Input and
Effectively expanding our transportation
infrastructure requires open dialogue between government, planners,
developers, the business community and community groups followed
up by decisive action.
of BC’s official transportation bodies – BC Ministry of Transport,
TransLink, the GVRD, and local municipalities - need to work
together to complete a comprehensive network plan which reduces
congestion and improves transportation choices. Too many bottlenecks
occur at the borders between municipalities more interested in squabbling
than moving poeople and goods efficiently.
Ensuring the sustainability of our transportation
system requires continuing action and expanded public input
channels to ensure government accountability for the implementation
of the most sensible and sustainable solution.
Get Moving BC Supports BC
Transportation Initiatives Currently Underway
Provincial Government and TransLink are planning major improvements
to the greater Vancover transportation network including: the Canada
Line, the Evergreen Line, the Border Infrastructure Program, and
the Golden Ears Bridge.
Mainland road and transit improvements planned for the next 10 years
include $3.9 billion in transit and road improvements under TransLink’s
three-year plan. The Provincial Government is a significant funding
partner in this plan. Plans consist of 400 new buses and a 40% expansion
of the rapid transit network with the construction of the Canada
Line and Evergreen Line.
addition, the BC Ministry of Transportation’s Gateway Project (Gateway)
will invest $3 billion in road and bridge expansion to key economic
gateways. Plans consist of improved links between ports, industrial
areas, railways, and the airport and border crossings. Gateway Project
components include Port Mann/Highway 1, the South Fraser Perimeter
Road, the North Fraser Perimeter Road, and $50 million for pedestrian
and cycling improvements.
Get Moving BC Believes
Transportation is the Backbone of BC’s Economy
population and employment continue to grow in BC, there will be
greater demands on our transportation system – more cars, more buses,
more high occupancy vehicles, and more trucks to transport the goods
we use. We need to invest in transit and roads to keep our economy
vibrant and our region livable.
is the closest North American gateway for Asia Pacific trade, and
must use that fact to our full economic advantage.
Without additional investment in transit and
road transportation infrastructure, expect:
Even longer travel times
Continued erosion in safety, reliability
and quality of life
Delayed goods movement
Unreliable transit connections through