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Goods Movement Initiatives


Moving the Economy: A Regional Goods Movement Strategy for Metro Vancouver

Goods movement is an essential part of life in every urban region. People in every community need food, clothing, shelter, and access to the array of goods and services that help to support a high standard of living. These items have to be sourced, created, and transported to their final destinations.

Figuring out how to accommodate the movement of goods within and through our region in a way that balances our social, economic, and environmental objectives has always been a challenge for every community in our region.

Alongside the challenges common to other places, Metro Vancouver plays an additional critical role as Canada’s Pacific Gateway — providing the network of roads, waterways, rail facilities, and air and sea ports that connect British Columbia and Canada to Asia and the world. As such, our region also needs to support a growing volume of trips passing through to markets beyond our borders.

Having spent several years growing the region’s knowledge base and understanding of goods movement issues, TransLink and its partners in government and industry have collaborated to develop and advance a Regional Goods Movement Strategy – the first of its kind in Metro Vancouver. It draws together actions for governments and agencies at all levels, the private sector, and other organizations. It also represents a major step forward for TransLink to fulfill its mandate of providing a regional transportation system that moves both people and goods.

Experience shows that regions with a proactive and coordinated approach to goods movement championed by elected officials, community organizations, and industry are better positioned to fully realize their economic, social, and environmental objectives.

Ultimately, the challenge that this Strategy attempts to address is how to deliver goods and services more efficiently to more people and businesses within a shared and increasingly limited space in a cleaner, quieter, safer, and more cost effective way. It is an ambitious agenda, but one that, working together, partners in this region are confident we can advance.

Check out the Regional Goods Movement Strategy and Backgrounder for more information.