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TransLink launches engagement for 30-Year Regional Transportation Strategy

May 03, 2019

Vancouver, BC – Today, TransLink launches the first phase of public engagement on a new 30-Year Regional Transportation Strategy. The strategy – titled Transport 2050 – will be a blueprint for the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver, setting out the region’s transportation vision, strategies and priorities for moving people and goods between now and 2050.

From May to September 2019, TransLink will engage the public throughout the region encouraging residents to share their values, priorities and ideas for the region’s transportation system.

“We want to hear from people across the region of all ages and backgrounds,” said TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond. “We want to hear from everyone regardless of how you get around – whether you mostly drive, walk, cycle, or take transit. With Metro Vancouver experiencing rapid growth, the impacts of climate change, new technologies, and shifting demographics over the next 30 years, we want input from the broadest cross-section of people possible.”

The Transport 2050 campaign will include:

  • Outreach to the residents of the 23 jurisdictions in Metro Vancouver, as well as communities in adjoining regions.
  • Interactive exhibits at public events to reach the full range of commuters – including people who mostly drive, walk, cycle or take transit.
  • Engagement with First Nations and urban indigenous people.
  • Meetings with multicultural communities and new Canadians.
  • Stakeholder roundtables with groups representing the goods movement sector, businesses of all sizes, labour, environment, youth, students, people with disabilities, and more.
  • Social media campaigns that inspire conversation and help generate ideas for what we aspire to achieve in our future transportation system.

Previous Regional Transportation Strategies adopted in 2013, 2008 and 1993 have guided the region’s transportation priorities leading to the development of SkyTrain lines, an extensive bus network, and unprecedented support for cycling and pedestrian infrastructure.

“Transport 2050 is a great opportunity for people to have their say on decisions that will help shape communities and the Metro Vancouver region for many years to come,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “Together, we will create a shared vision for Metro Vancouver that is built on a thriving economy and a strong network of communities where people can afford to live and have easy access to the transportation services they depend on.”

People in Metro Vancouver are encouraged to share:

  • What they value about living in the region.
  • What their concerns and transportation priorities are.
  • Their ideas on the future of transportation.
  • How residents should move around Metro Vancouver in the future.
  • Key issues affecting the region.
  • Opinions on emerging modes of transport including automated, connected, electric and shared mobility such as ride-hailing, car sharing, and shared micromobility options like e-bikes and e-scooters.

“As our region sees record growth, public transportation is not only facing new challenges, but also new opportunities” said Mayors’ Council Chair Jonathan X. Coté. “Delivering on transportation plans has been key in making Metro Vancouver one of the most livable regions in the world, and your voices are crucial in maintaining its strength.”

Participate in the first phase of engagement by sharing your thoughts at Transport2050.ca. Your participation will help draft a new Regional Transportation Strategy that will determine what we build, do, and provide to meet the region’s transportation needs over the next three decades.

Learn More:


Transport2050.ca video


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