Why Hastings Street?
Hastings St is a major arterial in Burnaby, and is an essential part of the transportation network that connects Burnaby neighbourhoods to each other and other communities.
The street is also part of the Major Roads Network, supporting the safe and efficient movement of people and goods. In Burnaby’s Transportation Plan, Connecting Burnaby, streets such as Hastings Street are envisioned to serve many purposes. In addition to moving people and goods, other purposes include accommodating pedestrians, providing access to businesses, and improving the public realm, making the street active and enjoyable.
Currently, the street prioritizes the movement and parking of vehicles, and experiences significant congestion during rush hours, including delay to transit services. While buses move up to one-third of people on Hastings Street, they can be slow and unreliable since they share the roadway with other vehicles. The narrow public realm means limited opportunities for pedestrians, cyclists, and street activation.
The Hastings Street Improvement Project presents an opportunity to explore the shared interests of the City of Burnaby, TransLink, and the community to improve the street for all users.