Roads, Bridges, and Goods Movement
As Metro Vancouver’s transportation authority, our mission is to connect the region and enhance its livability by providing a sustainable transportation network. Regionally significant roads, cycling, and pedestrian infrastructure are key parts of that equation.
TransLink partners with municipalities and other stakeholders to improve this infrastructure throughout Metro Vancouver.
Through our municipal cost-sharing programs, TransLink contributes up to 75 per cent of eligible capital costs for infrastructure upgrades that will improve mobility options for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians for years to come.
These projects are driven by the municipality involved and include the addition of new or improved:
As Metro Vancouver’s transportation authority, our mission is to connect the region and enhance its livability by providing a sustainable transportation network. TransLink invests in regionally significant roads, cycling, and pedestrian infrastructure to better connect Metro Vancouver communities.
Through our Municipal Cost Share Program, TransLink contributes 50 – 100 percent of eligible capital costs for infrastructure upgrades that will improve mobility options for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians for years to come.
These projects are driven by local governments and include the addition of new or improved:
From 2017 to 2022, TransLink has committed over $440 million towards more than 550 road, cycling, and pedestrian improvement projects across the region.View 2022 Municipal Cost Share Projects
Map of Road Network, Cycling, and Pedestrian Projects
Municipal Cost Share Program Statistic
Upgrading road, cycle & pedestrian infrastructure
TransLink’s Municipal Funding Program invests in 21 municipalities, Electoral Area A and the Tsawwassen First Nation.
TransLink has invested $69 million to upgrade or build new infrastructure in 2022.
This includes 107 projects across the region.
TransLink has invested over $440 million to upgrade or build new infrastructure since 2017.
This includes 554 projects across the region.
Since 2017, TransLink has invested in:
166 kilometres of cycling paths
62 kilometres of upgraded road infrastructure
42 kilometres of walking paths
51 kilometres of multi-use paths
69 kilometres of enhanced bus lanes
Municipal Cost Share Program Guidelines
The Municipal Cost Share Program guidelines identify the type of infrastructure upgrades and the locations that are eligible for capital cost share. The guidelines also describe the funding and evaluation framework used to assess these projects. Details about program administration procedures and requirements are also included. The guidelines are subject to periodic updates or enhancements as required.
The latest guidelines can be found below.
Road Infrastructure Improvement Programs
Cycling Infrastructure Improvement Programs
Pedestrian Infrastructure Improvement Programs
Additional Cycling Infrastructure Resources
The Major Road Network (MRN) supports the safe and efficient movement of people and goods across the region. It includes over 2,600 lane-kilometres of major arterial roads that carry commuter, transit, and truck traffic. The Major Road Network connects the provincial highway system with the local road network, and some corridors also serve cyclists and pedestrians.
TransLink, in partnership with municipalities, plans the region's Major Road Network. TransLink contributes funding for the on-going operation, maintenance and rehabilitation of the MRN, but ownership and operational responsibility for the MRN remains with the respective municipalities. TransLink also shares the cost of road, cycling, and pedestrian improvement projects with municipal partners and other stakeholders, in order to expand options for driving, cycling, and walking across the region.
Operations, Maintenance and Rehabilitation
Maintaining the Major Road Network (MRN)
TransLink also contributes to the annual upkeep and maintenance of over 2,600 lane-kilometres of the Major Road Network (MRN). This Operations, Maintenance, and Rehabilitation (OMR) funding helps keep the Major Road Network in a state of good repair, ensuring that people and goods can move efficiently and safely across the region.
Work on the Major Road Network is planned and performed by municipalities and includes activities such as street cleaning and snow removal, patching potholes, repaving, and maintaining streetlights, traffic signals and signs. Each year, municipalities receive an amount that is proportionate to the number of Major Road Network lane-kilometres within their community.
What is a lane-kilometre? Imagine there is a one-kilometre road that has two lanes in both directions for a total of four lanes. That is four lane-kilometres.
TransLink has invested over $61 million in 2022 to help keep the Major Road Network in a state of good repair.
TransLink has Invested $280 million towards the maintenance and rehabilitation of the Major Road Network since 2017.
TransLink has invested in the maintenance of over 850 structures since 2017 to help keep drivers safe on structures such as bridges, culverts, and retaining walls
TransLink also invests in the maintenance of over 1115 traffic signals throughout the region.
TransLink Owned Bridges
TransLink also owns and maintains five bridges:
Knight Street Bridge
Golden Ears Bridge
Westham Island Bridge
the Canada Line bike and pedestrian bridge
Healthy regional roads are essential to the livability and economic success of our region. They enable the efficient movement of goods and connect commuters to the people and places that matter the most.
TransLink is more than transit. In partnership with municipalities, we plan the region's Major Road Network (MRN). We also contribute funding for the operation, maintenance and rehabilitation of the MRN and share the cost of road, cycling, and pedestrian improvement projects with municipal partners.
Our new Regional Road Performance Monitoring (RRPM) report and online dashboard collect and present important data on the health and safety of Metro Vancouver’s regional roads. It helps us understand the location, scale, and complexity of our road network challenges.
This is our first RRPM report. As we restart our economy from the pandemic and plan for our future, the data in future iterations of this report can help TransLink and road authorities make informed, performance-based decisions. It also reinforces the need for strong partnerships and strategic investments across the region to help create a safer and more efficient road network.
If you have any feedback on the RRPM online dashboard, please email us at email@example.com.
Moving the Economy: A Regional Goods Movement Strategy for Metro Vancouver
Goods movement is an essential part of our region’s transportation network. Residents need food, clothing, and other goods, much of which need to be transported to local stores throughout our region. In addition, many businesses in Metro Vancouver rely on efficient goods movement to get their products to market in other parts of Canada, North America, and the world.
In order to promote understanding of goods movements issues, TransLink and its partners have collaborated to develop a Regional Goods Movement Strategy — the first of its kind in Metro Vancouver.
The strategy 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 efficiently moves both people and goods.
The challenge that this strategy addresses is how to deliver goods and services to more people and businesses within a shared and increasingly limited space. The strategy also aims to make goods movement cleaner, quieter, safer, and more cost-effective It is an ambitious agenda, but one that partners in this region are confident we can advance if we work together.
Truck Route Planner (TRP)
TransLink and the Government of British Columbia are releasing the Truck Route Planner, an online tool to help commercial vehicle operators plan their trips. This tool is the first of its kind in Canada to plan truck routes with a holistic picture of the region’s commercial vehicle network.
To use the Truck Route Planner, truck operators input the dimensions of their vehicle with their desired destination and starting point to find the optimum route for their vehicle. The Truck Route Planner suggests optimum routes based on:
The operator’s vehicle dimensions
Bridge weight load limits
Major road closures on truck routes
The Truck Route Planner is a pre-trip planning tool, it is not designed to provide real-time directions. Operators are asked to not use the tool while driving. Operators of oversize or overweight vehicles on provincial highways should not use this tool, and instead plan their route using other provincial resources such as:
Pre-approved weight routes listed in Chapter 6 of the Commercial Transport Procedures Manual (Section 6.3.3)
CVSE staff advice at the Provincial Permit Centre (1-800-559-9688)
Identified as a priority in the 2017 regional goods movement strategy, the Truck Route Planner was developed with support from municipalities, the BC Trucking Association, and the Greater Vancouver Urban Freight Council. The Government of British Columbia and TransLink will continuously monitor and update the Truck Route Planner to provide the best available wayfinding information.
Opened in 1937, the Pattullo Bridge is one of the oldest bridges in the Lower Mainland. It's part of the Major Road Network, serving primarily as a connection between Surrey, New Westminster and Burnaby, and is a critical transportation link for the movement of people, goods, and services.
While the Pattullo Bridge is safe for drivers who are using it today, the aging bridge faces several challenges, including seismic and structural concerns.
TransLink led the Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project through its conceptual development and planning phases. In 2018, the Province took over the project and committed to funding and building the replacement bridge. Upon completion, the Province will own and operate the new Pattullo Bridge.
For more information on the Pattullo Bridge Replacement project as well as project and community updates, please visit engage.gov.bc.ca/pattullobridge
Westham Island Bridge Rehabilitation
The Westham Island Bridge connects Ladner with Westham Island. It opened to traffic on March 29, 1910. The bridge is approximately 325 metres long and consists of a swing span that opens for marine passage below. As one of TransLink’s oldest assets, this 108-year-old bridge requires repairs and maintenance to ensure it remains operational and safe.
Rehabilitation work on the Westham Island Bridge took place from fall 2018 to spring 2019. The work was completed on March 8, 2019.
The work involved repairing and replacing components across the bridge, including:
Piles and pile caps
Floor beams and stringers below the deck
Deck and handrail