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Compass for Developments

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In order to meet TransLink’s Transport 2050 targets such as increasing active transportation and transit trips, reducing congestion, and lowering greenhouse gas emissions, developers can help provide more and better options for building occupants to walk, cycle, transit, carpool, and carshare to and from their new development.

These efforts can enhance neighbourhood livability while delivering benefits to residents, commercial tenants, employees, the developer, and the region.

 

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    What is Compass for Developments?

    The Compass for Developments program allows developers to make a one-time bulk payment to TransLink to satisfy municipal Transportation Demand Management (TDM) requirements for transit benefits, while allowing stratas and/or property managers to facilitate the distribution of the transit benefits to occupants.

    This program contributes to municipal TDM requirements by reducing the reliance on parking and single-occupancy vehicle trips, while delivering benefits to building occupants, developers, and the region.

    TransLink is currently piloting the Compass for Developments program with PCI Developments at King George HUB, a transit-oriented development which is steps away from the King George SkyTrain Station in Surrey. Over a three month period, TransLink will monitor the ridership of participants to better understand the benefits of subsidized transit.


    How to Enroll

    Get your Compass for Developments Program started in a few easy steps:

    1. Connect with our team: Send us an email at tdmdevelopment@translink.ca and let us know you’re interested in learning more.

    2. Initial consultation: We’ll provide an overview of the program and discuss your specific needs.

    3. Onboarding: We’ll make sure things are set up to match your preferences.

    4. Payment: All payments are prepaid and processed by Electronic Funds Transfer.

    5. Launch support: We’ll provide marketing materials to support your roll-out.

    6. Data collection and monitoring: We’ll provide regular updates with data on program performance.

    Additional resources

    To register your interest and learn about how your next development could participate in the Compass for Developers Program, email tdmdevelopment@translink.ca.


    Program Benefits

    For Developers

    • Potentially reduce development costs

    • Opportunities to reduce parking space requirements or repurpose parking for other uses

    • Lower costs for onsite parking administration and maintenance

    • Increase attractiveness and marketability of developments

    • Improve transportation equity

    • Enhance community perception of new development

    • Contribute towards sustainable/green building ratings

    • Demonstrate environmental, corporate, and social responsibility

    • Reduce adverse traffic impacts of new developments (air, noise, congestion)

    For Commercial Tenants

    • Improve employee health and wellness

    • Demonstrate climate leadership and reduce climate impact

    • Support recruitment by attracting a wider, more diverse pool of applicants

    • Increase attractiveness and marketability of developments

    • Offer additional benefits beyond financial compensation

    • Show measurable progress against sustainability goals

    For Residents and Employees

    • Lower commuting costs

    • Lower costs for housing and parking

    • Reduce personal climate impact

    • Improve health and wellness

    • More space to listen, read, or socialize during commutes


    TDM Guidelines for Development in Metro Vancouver

    A train arrives at Marine Drive station while passengers wait for a bus at street level

    The Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Guidelines were created to provide best practice and insight to developers and municipalities on how to incorporate TDM strategies into new developments. They are structured around four themes that cover the spectrum of process, strategies, context and evaluation that comprise the essential components of TDM planning.

    TDM Processes and Requirements

    Understand current regional processes, mechanisms for enforcement, and potential new processes (based on TDM practices in other jurisdictions).

    TDM Strategies Toolkit

    Learn key considerations when deciding when and what to implement. Understand how goals and targets frame the scale of need for TDM strategies, building around core strategies to achieve a favorable cost-benefit based on the level of investment.

    TDM in Different Contexts

    Review TDM strategies that are location-specific or better suited to certain development contexts (e.g., residential, office, retail, industrial). For instance, offering transit subsidies for projects located close to the frequent transit network.

    Forecasting and Evaluating Impacts

    One of the key components of a successful TDM program is assessing impacts on the transportation system and target audience. Discover key evaluation metrics and tools for collecting data to inform decision-making processes.


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