Metro Vancouver’s high-speed transit system is set to quadruple by 2050 with 300 kilometers of new routes, including SkyTrain, metro, light rail or bus fast transit, a TransLink report reveals.
The draft Transport 2050 strategy sets out a vision for the region’s future with 100 recommendations for improving transport over the next three decades.
“Transport 2050 will change the way we move and live, and it’s imperative that the region’s transport future be managed by the people who call it home,” said TransLink CEO Kevin Quinn.
And with growth projections showing a huge influx to the region by 2050, transit expansion will be necessary.
“Metro Vancouver grew from 2.38 million people in 2011 to 2.59 million people in 2016. Regional Planning modeling shows that this growth trend will continue. The region is expected to reach about 3.8 million people by 2050, ”reads a report from the Metro Metro Vancouver Regional District in April.
Other key TransLink recommendations include the completion of an 850-kilometer traffic-separated major cycle path network to connect communities with greener, healthier transport options and promote electric and shared vehicles such as bicycles, scooters and cars.
The report was released as TransLink opens its third and final round of public engagement on Transport 2050 before the strategy becomes final. TransLink wants to measure public support for the overall strategy and is looking for suggestions for improvements.
“Based on input, we will update the strategy before submitting it to the TransLink Board and Mayors Council for final approval in early 2022,” TransLink said in a press release.
“Transportation 2050 will have far-reaching benefits for our lifestyle in Metro Vancouver,” said Jonathan Coté, Chairman of the Council of Mayors and Mayor of New Westminster. “Our ability to move around has a massive impact on our quality of life, climate change and our potential to grow as a region.”
BC’s infrastructure minister, Bowinn Ma, said Victoria is committed to reliable, affordable, low-emission travel options.
“This includes investing in public transport, expanding active transport networks and facilities for people walking, cycling and rolling and supporting the development of complete communities that enable people to live close to where they work, study and play. , “said Ma. “Transport 2050 will be an important roadmap to guide us towards these goals.”
Environment and Climate Change Minister George Heyman said lower mainlanders expect affordable transport options that support climate change.
“By adapting priorities – such as increasing the region’s use of transit and active transport – TransLink and the province will create a larger, better and cleaner transport system that will serve future generations,” said Heyman.