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Transport 2050 had 5000 new surveys and ideas shared in June
Since the launch of our public engagement on May 3, we've heard from thousands of Metro Vancouverites about how they want the future of transportation to look.
With just shy of 1,400 ideas shared on our Idea Board we've seen conversations around new B-Lines, dynamic schedules, upgraded fare boxes, more public art, crowd control in stations, approaches to ride hailing services, and improvements to SkyTrain cars.
As well as new ideas, surveys are still coming in with nearly 13,000 submissions as of June. The Transport 2050 Survey will stay open until the end of our consultation in Sept. Check out the detailed results on the Buzzer and don't forget to attend one of our community events held throughout the summer.
In Your Community: Transport 2050 Summer Tour
TransLink is creating a new strategy for the next 30 years of transportation called Transport 2050, and we need your help. Find us at community events throughout the region to tell us how you want to move and live!
Transport 2050 is a regional strategy, so it needs regional input, and that’s why we’ve kicked off our largest ever public engagement. Our outreach team will be at hot events and festivals throughout Metro Vancouver. Take a walk through the engagement bus at the larger festivals!
We want to hear about your values and priorities, and your bold and creative ideas for the future of transportation. Your responses and ideas will shape the next Regional Transportation Strategy. Tell us how Transport 2050 can make life better for current and future generations.Get involved!
- Chat with a member of the friendly outreach team
- Tell us about your values and priorities in our survey
- Share your bold and creative ideas for the future of transportation on our Ideas Board
- Pick up some cool swag, like our Transport 2050 sticker kit
- Show us your vision for the future: kids and adults can draw the future at our booth
Check out Transport 2050 Summer Tour schedule and come say hello!
DATE EVENT LOCATION MUNICIPALITY 1-Jun Hats Off Day Burnaby Heights Burnaby 15-Jun Car Free Day West End Denman Street (Davie to Robson) Vancouver 16-Jun Main Street Car Free Festival Main Street (Broadway to 30th) Vancouver 16-Jun Maple Ridge Car Free Day City Centre Maple Ridge 19-Jun TransLink Annual General Meeting Wilson School of Design, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Richmond Campus Richmond 21-Jun National Indigenous Day Holland Park
Surrey 22-Jun Lynn Valley Days Lynn Valley North Vancouver 23-Jun Belcarra Day 4500 Tum Tumay Whueton Drive Belcarra 27-Jun Canada Day Thunderbird Community Centre Vancouver 1-Jul Canada Day Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre (Cloverdale) Surrey 1-Jul Canada Day Lions Bay Lions Bay 6-Jul Khatsahlano Festival West 4th Avenue (Burrard to MacDonald) Vancouver 7-Jul Commercial Drive Car Free Day Commercial Drive (Venables to North Grandview) Vancouver 14-Jul Ambleside Farmers Market 1000 Argyle Avenue, West Vancouver West Vancouver 20-Jul Fusion Festival Holland Park Surrey 21-Jul Fusion Festival Holland Park Surrey 26-Jul Fridays on Front 600-block of Front Street New Westminster 3-Aug White Rock Sea Festival Waterfront White Rock 5-Aug Tsawwassen Sun Fest Winskill Park Delta 9-Aug Fridays on Front 600-block of Front Street New Westminster 10-Aug Kaleidoscope Arts Festival Town Centre Park Coquitlam 18-Aug Port Moody Car Free Day St. Johns Street (Douglas to Moody) Port Moody 30-Aug Richmond World Festival Richmond Minoru Park Richmond 31-Aug Richmond World Festival Richmond Minoru Park Richmond 8-Sep Ma Murray Day Spirit Park Anmore 14-Sep Westward Music Festival Downtown Vancouver
Transport 2050 Ideas and Survey Update – 9,784 and counting!
TransLink is leading the development of Transport 2050, a new long-term transportation strategy for our region. And thousands of you who live, work and play across Metro Vancouver have stepped up to have a say!
Transport 2050 will set out what our region needs to build, do, and provide to meet our transportation needs between now and 2050. And a regional strategy needs regional input, so we’ve launched the largest engagement in our history to ask: What’s important to you? What are your transportation priorities? And, what are your ideas for the future?
After just one month of engagement, Metro Vancouverites have completed almost 9,000 surveys and shared almost 900 bold and creative ideas for the future. Below are some highlights from Phase 1 of engagement but if you haven’t taken part yet – don’t despair! You can participate until September 22.
Ideas | 896 bold and creative ideas
You’ve shared hundreds of diverse and thought-provoking suggestions, with ideas ranging from upgrading transit to improving amenities; embracing technology to changing how we pay for transportation; introducing new services and much, much more.
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Some of the ideas submitted that have generated the most votes and online conversations, are:
- Gondolas, everywhere!: including to SFU Burnaby and around the region.
- Repurpose road space: speed up travel, turn street parking into dedicated bus routes or use the space for something else. Add protected bike lanes on commercial streets.
- Turn up the trains: expand SkyTrain hours on weekends and offer West Coast Express all day, everyday.
- More trains: commuter trains to Squamish and Whistler, and connecting major centres in the region. Canada Line from Horseshoe Bay to Tsawwassen.
- SkyTrain livin’: put more housing and amenities around major stations, including shops and more affordable homes.
- Customer comfort matters: offer washrooms at stations and real-time bus updates on displays at major stations.
- How we pay for mobility: introduce congestion pricing to reduce traffic. Put a daily cap on Compass Card charges.
- FerryBus, SeaBus’ little cousin: give locals and tourists alike the chance to use Compass Card to pay to travel on the region’s various waterways.
Once Phase 1 engagement wraps up in September, we’ll publish an engagement report, summarizing what we’ve heard. We’ll then review all the ideas and evaluate which ones will work best for our region. We’ll group the most promising ideas into options and come back to you to help us weigh the trade-offs.
What do you think? Love an idea? Have a different idea to share? Transit over to transport2050.ca and vote, comment, or share your ideas.
Surveys | 8,888 engaged residents
We’ve heard from every one of the 23 municipalities within Metro Vancouver, as well as from people who live outside our service area but commute into our region. Here’s who’s sharing their views in Metro Vancouver:
Langley Township: 250
Port Moody: 175
Lions Bay: 9
Maple Ridge: 296
Bowen Island: 17
New Westminster: 518
Tsawwassen First Nation: 6
North Vancouver City: 384
North Vancouver District: 396
West Vancouver: 139
Pitt Meadows: 49
White Rock: 89
Langley (City): 76
Port Coquitlam: 173
Have you participated yet? Take our survey at transport2050.ca
Next month, we’ll publish another update to let you know how things are going.
Launching the Largest Public Engagement in TransLink History
Launching the Largest Public Engagement in TransLink History
Today, TransLink takes a bold step towards the future. And it starts with you!
We’re leading the charge on Transport 2050, a new long-term strategy for transportation in Metro Vancouver. This strategy will set out a shared vision for the future, and what our region needs to build, do, and provide to keep moving over the next 30 years.
In the first phase of our engagement (our largest ever!) your input will help shape a new vision for the region. We also want to hear your bold and creative and ideas for the future.
What do you like about living here? What do you value in a transportation system? And – here’s where your creativity comes in – what do you want from future of transportation?
How we get around has changed a lot over the past 30 years. We’ve gone from paper maps, punch tickets,, and schedules to Google Maps, Tap-to-Pay, and real-time updates. The region has also expanded its options for getting around. Today you can take the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus, or West Coast Express. You can walk, skateboard, and scoot. You can drive a car or ride a bike – whether you own it or share it.
Think how much things have changed in just a few years. Now imagine the future. How can transportation support the kind of life you want to live? What new technology might improve how we move around the region?
Will it be shared scooters? Bus-only lanes? Computer-driven, electric-powered pods? Bicycle superhighways? Coffee shops in SkyTrain cars? Debit Tap-to-Pay? Ride-hailing? Library-quiet SkyTrain cars? The hyperloop?
No idea is too big or small! And here’s how you can participate:
- Take the survey and share your ideas
- Meet us at community events throughout the Lower Mainland all summer
- Connect with TransLink on social media and by using the #Transport2050 hashtag
You have from now until September 2019 to take part. After that, we’ll report back what we heard and how your input has shaped a new vision for the region. Then we’ll start Phase 2, asking you to help us consider trade-offs between different ideas in 2020.
Transport 2050. Shape the future of how we move. And live.
TransLink is leading the development of a new Regional Transportation Strategy called – Transport 2050. At the same time, Metro Vancouver is leading the development of Metro 2050, the updated regional growth strategy, and Climate 2050. This is a once in a generation opportunity to shape how we move and live.
Phase 1 (May 3 – Sept. 22, 2019): Share values, concerns, priorities, and ideas
During Phase 1 engagement, TransLink worked with Metro Vancouver to understand the region’s values, concerns, priorities. We also asked people to share their bold and creative ideas for the future of transportation. From this input, we’re working to develop a new Regional Transportation Strategy.
What did we hear in Phase 1? See the report.
Phase 2 (April 19 – May 14, 2021): Consider goals and transformative actions
In Phase 2 engagement, we asked you to help imagine a region that looks different from what we know today. We asked for your input on new transportation goals, and three specific actions that could transform the region.
What did we hear in Phase 2? Read the report.
Phase 3 (October 12 – 29, 2021): Review draft strategy
Can you see your values, vision, and ideas reflected in Transport 2050?
In Phase 3, we’re sharing the comprehensive draft strategy - a shared blueprint that will help the region navigate the next 30 years of transportation. We will consider your input and refine the strategy based on what we heard.
Following Phase 3 engagement, TransLink will take the strategy to the Mayors' Council on Regional Transportation for approval in early 2022. From there, the region will start putting Transport 2050 into action!
Phase 3 Engagement Documents
- Transport 2050 Summary
- Transport 2050 Draft Strategy
Phase 2 Engagement Documents
- Phase 2 Discussion Guide
- People-First Streets Backgrounder
- Rapid Transit Backgrounder
- Automated Vehicles Backgrounder
Phase 1 Engagement Documents
Social Equity & Regional Growth Study (Download)
Prepared by Keltie Craig Consulting on behalf of Metro Vancouver
This study explores existing inequities within the Metro Vancouver region. It proposes how equity can be defined and addressed in long-range land use planning and creates policy recommendations.
Regional Long-Range Growth and Transportation Scenarios Summary Report (Summary Report –Download) (Technical Report – Download)
Metro Vancouver Regional District and TransLink
This report examines four possible futures for the region and key challenges and opportunities to be considered in any future regional transportation or land-use planning work, including the new Regional Transportation Strategy. The report also examines external forces that could affect the region – focusing on climate change, shifts in the global economy and trade, and new technologies, specifically artificial intelligence and automation. These external forces could impact employment, incomes, inequality, vehicle kilometres travelled, and other key factors relating to transportation and regional growth management.
Regional Transportation and Mobility Current Context Report (Download)
Prepared by Steer, on behalf of TransLink
This report provides an analysis of key trends in transportation, mobility, and growth impacting the region today.
2013 Regional Transportation Strategy Progress Report (Download)
This report summarizes the current status of actions, investments and policy development undertaken in support of the 2013 RTS and the 2014 Mayors’ Council 10-Year Vision. It also provides learnings for the future RTS to consider and identifies potential gaps and emerging trends.
An ex post facto Evaluation of a Metro Vancouver Transportation Plan (Link)
Devon Robert Farmer, Simon Fraser University
This thesis evaluates the effectiveness, implementation, and outcomes of Transport 2021, including factors that impacted the implementation, and recommends improvements for future strategies. Key recommendations to improve implementation include: provide TransLink with governance capacity and funding tools; consider all recommended projects and policies for funding and implementation; set performance targets for all transport modes; assign individual agencies with specific tasks; and use an adaptable approach to long-range planning.
The Metro Vancouver Car Share Study (2014) (Technical Report, Summary Booklet)
The 2014 Car Share Study found car share services reduced vehicle ownership, changed the number of vehicle-kilometres travelled, and the number of car share vehicles in the neighbourhood has some impact on the number of vehicles in apartment households. The study also identifies considerations for regional growth management and community planning such as car sharing’s relationship to household decisions, transit, suburban expansion, affordability, parking and fees, access, and apartment parking reductions.
The Metro Vancouver Housing and Transportation Cost Burden Study (Download)
Metro VancouverMetro Vancouver’s Housing and Transportation Cost Burden Study quantifies and combines transportation and housing costs to provide a more complete picture of affordability for working households in the Metro Vancouver region. The study found: affordability considerations must include both housing and transportation costs; renters and low-income families spend the majority of their income on housing and transportation; access to frequent transit can help lessen the impact of high housing costs; and high housing and transport costs reduce the region’s competitiveness.Mobility Pricing Independent Commission: Metro Vancouver Mobility Pricing Study (Final Report)The Mobility Pricing Independent Commission was a group of 14 Lower Mainland representatives from a variety of organization across the region. They were selected and tasked by the TransLink Board of Directors and the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation to evaluate and make recommendations on how to develop and implement a regional road usage charging policy and system, and assess the implications for pricing of other types of transport and mobility.Regional Parking Studies (Link)
Metro Vancouver and TransLink
The 2018 Regional Parking Study was produced by Metro Vancouver and TransLink. The study surveyed 73 apartment sites and nearby streets. A household survey, comprising 1,500 responses was also completed. The study provides updated information to local government practitioners to inform appropriate apartment residential parking requirements, in particular near the Frequent Transit Network. “Rightsizing” apartment parking can improve the financial viability of apartment housing projects and potentially reduce the cost of housing for prospective renters and owners.
Regional Screenline Survey – Fall 2017 (Summary Report, Interactive Data)
This survey collected traffic counts and found since 2011 that region-wide weekday vehicle volumes, traffic across the Fraser River Main Arm, traffic into and out of the Central Business District has increased. The survey also found that inter-regional trips into and out of the Lower Mainland showed the largest percentage increase in traffic volumes, while cross border volumes were generally unchanged since 2011.Transit-Oriented Affordable Housing Study (Link)Metro VancouverMetro Vancouver and other partners examined opportunities and challenges to building new affordable rental housing in transit-oriented locations across the region. The first phase of the study found a supply gap for affordable rental housing; higher transit usage among renters, especially lower income renters; and that land and construction costs create barriers to providing rental housing development.
The study’s second phase evaluated a potential regional revolving loan fund and policy approaches to reduce the barrier of high land costs.
Transport 2021 Revisited: Background Report for Transport 2021 Symposium (Download)
This report was produced for TransLink during the creation of the 2013 RTS document and provides a retrospective on the Regional Transportation Strategy from 1991 entitled “Transport 2021”. The report provides a summary of the progress made towards planned investments and mode share targets laid out in Transport 2021.2017 Trip Diary (Explainer Video) (Data Visualization Tool)TransLinkThe trip diary is a household travel survey conducted by TransLink approximately every five years to support transportation planning in the Metro Vancouver region. It is the most comprehensive source of information on overall travel patterns in the region, and it informs many decisions involved in delivering a better transportation system.Where Matters: Health & Economic Impacts of Where We Live (Policy Brief)University of British Columbia, J. Armand Bombardier Foundation, Metro Vancouver, TransLink, City of Vancouver, Real Estate Foundation, My Health My Community (Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Health, University of British Columbia)This collaborative report examines the relationship between the built and natural environments and health, how health outcomes vary across different groups in Metro Vancouver, and how walkable communities can reduce health care costs.
Climate Change and the Region
Climate 2050 Strategic Framework (Download)
Metro Vancouver’s Climate 2050 Strategic Framework guides policies and collective actions to transition our region to a low carbon, resilient future. It will apply a climate lens to all of Metro Vancouver’s policies and actions to inform climate change greenhouse gas reduction and adaptation measures in the coming years.
Economy and the RegionGreater Vancouver Economic Scorecard 2018 (Link)Greater Vancouver Board of TradeScorecard 2018 ranked the Metro Vancouver region against 19 other metropolitan regions around the globe on economic and social issues and provides analysis on challenges facing our region. The scorecard notes that Metro Vancouver enjoys a competitive advantage in financial services, insurance, tourism and information technology and benefits from its proximity and trade with Asia. However, the region suffers from its relatively short public transit railway network, poor housing affordability, low per capita after-tax income, and fragmentation of industrial lands. The report suggests better regional coordination and governance for economic development, affordable housing, and transportation.Inland Terminal – Facts in Focus (2015) (Download)Metro VancouverThis policy backgrounder provides an overview of inland terminals, their potential benefits, factors for success, and constraints for goods movement in the Metro Vancouver region.
Moving Goods through Marine Ports in Metro Vancouver – Facts in Focus (2013) (Download)
This policy backgrounder outlines the state of goods movement through marine terminals in the Metro Vancouver region, and identifies policy issues, such as the need to protect health, safety and the environment, optimize efficiencies in the goods movement system, and coordinate among port authorities.Office Development in Metro Vancouver’s Urban Centres – 2018 Update (Download)
Prepared by Eric Aderneck, on behalf of Metro Vancouver
This report identifies challenges and opportunities for office potential in Metro Vancouver's Urban Centres, such as complex and lengthy development process, smaller urban centres attracting only limited office development, significant growth in tech sector, varying tenant preferences on location and amenities, the high costs of housing and living, and high land and construction costs.
Short Sea Shipping in Metro Vancouver – Facts in Focus (2015) (Download)
This policy backgrounder provides an overview of short sea shipping in the Metro Vancouver region, current forms and volumes of goods moved, related infrastructure, and potential expansion of short sea shipping.
Health and Community Well-Being and the RegionTransportation and Health in Metro Vancouver (Download)My Health My Community (Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Health, University of British Columbia)This survey analysis examines the association between transportation choice and health outcomes in the Metro Vancouver region. The analysis found: active transportation users have improved health outcomes (lower body mass index, meeting recommended levels of physical activity); car users with long commute times have lower sense of community belonging; and transit use is highest among lower income households, visible minorities, and recent immigrants.
VitalSigns 2016 (Link)
Based on a large survey, VitalSigns 2016 reports on how British Columbians feel about their communities. It surfaced what resident concerns are, where progress is being made, and what needs to be improved. The survey and report highlights key differences and commonalities between municipalities within Metro Vancouver in terms of quality of life, priorities, and other matters.
Where Matters: Health & Economic Impacts of Where We Live (Report Forthcoming)
University of British Columbia, J. Armand Bombardier Foundation, Metro Vancouver, TransLink, City of Vancouver, Real Estate Foundation, My Health My Community (Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Health, University of British Columbia)
This collaborative report examines the relationship between the built and natural environments and health, how health outcomes vary across different groups in Metro Vancouver, and how walkable communities can reduce health care costs.
Previous Regional Transportation Strategies
Learn About the Big Disruptors
This page is an educational resource meant to provoke innovative thinking and discussion. External links in no way represent the views or opinions of TransLink.
Metro Vancouver Region: Credit "Inverse"
Learn about big disruptors that could reshape what the region looks like in the future.
We know that impacts of climate change are already here and intensifying. We also know that the region's place in the global economy could change. Combined with advances in technology, Metro Vancouver could look very different in 2050.
To learn more about potential futures we're thinking about, read our regional scenarios report. (Download)
Metro Vancouver storm surge: Credit "CBC"We are already experiencing climate change, by 2050 we will see more rain in the winter, drought and forest fires in the summer, and sea level rise. Will more frequent and intense rain impact the way you move?
- Climate change in B.C.: Here's how 2050 could look | CBC News, Jun 2017
- Climate change predicted to transform Vancouver into San Diego, but at a heavy cost | Vancouver Sun, Feb 2017.
- The Planet Can't Survive Our Transportation Habits | CityLab, Oct 2018
- Google’s New Tool to Fight Climate Change | The Atlantic, Sep 2018
Shifting Global Economy
With Canada’s largest port, Metro Vancouver is a transport hub that's important for the economy. Imagine the region if trade picks up. Imagine the region with a less global, more locally-focused economy.
- With automation threatening jobs, Canada needs to form an action plan |The Globe and Mail, Apr 2018
- The gig economy is here – and we aren’t ready | The Globe and Mail, Oct 2017
- What Should the ‘Sharing Economy’ Really Be Called? | The Atlantic, May 2016
- The Future of Work in Cities | National League of Cities, Jul 2017
New advances in robotics could change the kind of jobs humans do in the future. Virtual reality could make tele-commuting commonplace. What will the nature of work look like by 2050? Will you even need to commute?
- Can Silicon Valley Disrupt How We Build? | CityLab, Jun 2018
- Delivery robots: a revolutionary step or sidewalk-clogging nightmare? | The Guardian, Apr 2017
- Why People Still Don’t Buy Groceries Online | The Atlantic, Feb 2019
- Can Artificial Intelligence Be Smarter Than a Human Being? | Crazy/Genius Podcasts, The Atlantic, Sep 2018
For more information on how new technologies are affecting transportation, read about four trends reshaping how we move.
Four Trends Reshaping Transportation
This page is an educational resource meant to provoke innovative thinking and discussion. External links in no way represent the views or opinions of TransLink.
Urban Mobility: Credit "Bosch"
Learn about four trends reshaping transportation here. As you read this page, consider how new technology could transform how you move around the region. What are the benefits and consequences of these new technologies and ways of getting around?
Will these technologies affect your transportation priorities? Do you have any ideas about how we could incorporate them into the region’s transportation system?
Transportation technology is evolving rapidly, bringing new opportunities and challenges, and changing how we move. Many believe the future of transportation will be:
Advances in computing and sensors are increasingly putting robots in the driver’s seat. Automated vehicles are already being tested in cities around the world. And large companies – from Google to GM – are banking on a future of self-driving vehicles.
In just two decades, most passenger vehicles sold in North America could be capable of self-driving.
- How Will Self-Driving Cars Change the World | Crazy/Genius Podcasts, The Atlantic, Sep 2018
- The Future of Autonomous Vehicles | Robin Chase, Jul 2016
- 8 Bright Ideas for Driverless Cities | CityLab, May 2017
- The complete timeline to self-driving cars | Recode, May 2016
From our thermostats to our watches, it seems like all our devices are going online. In just a few years, vehicles of all types will be able to communicate with each other, potentially increasing safety and convenience.
By 2025, it is expected that all new road vehicles will be capable of communicating in some way.
- Saving lives by letting cars talk to each other | The Conversation, Sep 2016
- Rise of the robocar: are connected cars safer, or a target for hackers? | The Guardian, Aug 2017
- Why Talking Cars Will Be Good for Buses | CityLab, Jan 2013
- The Smart Way to Build Smart Cities | Forbes Magazine, April 2018
When the CEO of Shell started driving an electric car, even electric vehicle skeptics did a double-take. Cheaper to operate, with smaller carbon footprints – electric vehicles are going mainstream. That goes for bikes, cars, trucks, and buses.
By law, all new vehicles sold by 2040 in British Columbia must have zero tailpipe emissions – meaning that electric cars will soon be the norm.
- BC Introduces Law to Require Cars, Trucks Sold by 2040 to be Zero Emission | CBC News, April 2018
- How cities will lead the electric transport revolution | World Economic Forum, Nov 2018
- Electric cars may stall without a battery revolution | The Guardian, Jul 2017
- How China Took Charge of the Electric Bus Revolution | CityLab, May 2018
Why own when you can rent? To get around, people are increasingly choosing to move around using shared transportation services — instead of personal cars. Shared scooters, bikes, and cars are starting to become common in many cities around the world.
Worth over $1 billion per year, Canada’s sharing economy is on the rise. And shared transportation a big piece of the pie.
Now that you’ve read about some new trends reshaping transportation, help us create Transport 2050. Take our survey or share your ideas for the future of transportation!
- Electric Scooters Aren’t a Transportation Revolution Yet | CityLab, Apr 2019
- ‘Uber Was Supposed To Be Our Public Transit’ | CityLab, Apr 2019
- Netflix-Of-Transportation App Reduces Car Use And Boosts Bike And Bus Use, Finds MaaS Data Crunch | Forbes, Mar 2019
- Public Transport at the Heart of the Integrated urban Mobility Solution | UITP Policy Brief, April 2016