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Regional Transportation Strategy

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The Regional Transportation Strategy (RTS) is a long-term strategy that shapes the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver. TransLink is legislatively required to update the RTS every five years, which helps ensure that our transportation system evolves with the region.

The RTS must set out the goals, directions, and key initiatives for the entire regional transportation system, across all modes. It must consider regional land use objectives, provincial transportation and economic objectives, and provincial and regional environmental and emissions reduction objectives.


Transport 2050

The current Regional Transportation Strategy is Transport 2050. Created as part of TransLink’s largest-ever public engagement, Transport 2050 was adopted January 27, 2022.

In Transport 2050, we’ve identified five goals for regional transportation: convenient, reliable, affordable, safe & comfortable, and carbon-free. The strategy also identifies over 100 actions to improve transportation across all modes. Some of the transformative actions include:

  • Quadrupling the size of the rapid transit network, from 100 to 400 kilometres

  • Building out an 850-kilometre traffic-protected Major Bikeway Network

  • Putting frequent transit within a short walk of most homes and jobs

  • Dedicating more streets to walking, biking, rolling, and transit

  • Promoting electrified and shared bikes, scooters, and cars

The new Regional Transportation Strategy responds to residents’ top priorities, such as climate change and affordability, and will create more transportation options for everyone

Read Transport 2050

For a more screen-reader friendly version of the Transport 2050 Regional Transportation Strategy, please refer to the list of individual parts in PDF format.

Interactive Version

Individual Parts

What comes next?

Transport 2050 sets the stage for major investments and policies to come. We’re now working on a detailed implementation blueprint so that we can get started right away on bringing transportation improvements to the region.

Transport 2050 Engagement

Transport 2050 was built from our largest-ever public engagement. Over three phases of consultation between 2019 and 2021, people submitted over 38,000 surveys and shared over 4,000 ideas for the future of transportation. Through 360 in-person or virtual events across 27 municipalities, we had over 160,000 conversations with the public and engaged over 500 stakeholder groups.

See what we shared and what we heard from you.

Phase 3 Engagement

Phase 2 Engagement Documents

Phase 1 Engagement Documents

Technical Documents to Support Transport 2050 Development

An ex post facto Evaluation of a Metro Vancouver Transportation Plan

Devon Robert Farmer, Simon Fraser University

This thesis evaluates the effectiveness, implementation, and outcomes of Transport 2021, including factors that impacted the implementation, and recommends improvements for future strategies. Key recommendations to improve implementation include: provide TransLink with governance capacity and funding tools; consider all recommended projects and policies for funding and implementation; set performance targets for all transport modes; assign individual agencies with specific tasks; and use an adaptable approach to long-range planning.


2013 Regional Transportation Strategy Progress Report

TransLink

This report summarizes the current status of actions, investments and policy development undertaken in support of the 2013 Regional Transportation Strategy and the 2014 Mayors’ Council 10-Year Vision. It also provides learnings for the future Regional Transportation Strategy to consider and identifies potential gaps and emerging trends.


2017 Trip Diary

TransLink

The trip diary is a household travel survey conducted by TransLink approximately every five years to support transportation planning in the Metro Vancouver region. It is the most comprehensive source of information on overall travel patterns in the region, and it informs many decisions involved in delivering a better transportation system.


The Metro Vancouver Car Share Study (2014)

Metro Vancouver

The 2014 Car Share Study found car share services reduced vehicle ownership, changed the number of vehicle-kilometres travelled, and the number of car share vehicles in the neighbourhood has some impact on the number of vehicles in apartment households. The study also identifies considerations for regional growth management and community planning such as car sharing’s relationship to household decisions, transit, suburban expansion, affordability, parking and fees, access, and apartment parking reductions.


The Metro Vancouver Housing and Transportation Cost Burden Study

Metro Vancouver

Metro Vancouver’s Housing and Transportation Cost Burden Study quantifies and combines transportation and housing costs to provide a more complete picture of affordability for working households in the Metro Vancouver region. The study found: affordability considerations must include both housing and transportation costs; renters and low-income families spend the majority of their income on housing and transportation; access to frequent transit can help lessen the impact of high housing costs; and high housing and transport costs reduce the region’s competitiveness.


Mobility Pricing Independent Commission: Metro Vancouver Mobility Pricing Study

The Mobility Pricing Independent Commission was a group of 14 Lower Mainland representatives from a variety of organization across the region. They were selected and tasked by the TransLink Board of Directors and the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation to evaluate and make recommendations on how to develop and implement a regional road usage charging policy and system, and assess the implications for pricing of other types of transport and mobility.


Regional Long-Range Growth and Transportation Scenarios Summary Report

Metro Vancouver Regional District and TransLink

This report examines four possible futures for the region and key challenges and opportunities to be considered in any future regional transportation or land-use planning work, including the new Regional Transportation Strategy. The report also examines external forces that could affect the region – focusing on climate change, shifts in the global economy and trade, and new technologies, specifically artificial intelligence and automation. These external forces could impact employment, incomes, inequality, vehicle kilometres travelled, and other key factors relating to transportation and regional growth management.


Regional Parking Studies

Metro Vancouver and TransLink

The 2018 Regional Parking Study was produced by Metro Vancouver and TransLink. The study surveyed 73 apartment sites and nearby streets. A household survey, comprising 1,500 responses was also completed. The study provides updated information to local government practitioners to inform appropriate apartment residential parking requirements, in particular near the Frequent Transit Network. “Rightsizing” apartment parking can improve the financial viability of apartment housing projects and potentially reduce the cost of housing for prospective renters and owners.


Regional Screenline Survey – Fall 2017

TransLink

This survey collected traffic counts and found since 2011 that region-wide weekday vehicle volumes, traffic across the Fraser River Main Arm, traffic into and out of the Central Business District has increased. The survey also found that inter-regional trips into and out of the Lower Mainland showed the largest percentage increase in traffic volumes, while cross border volumes were generally unchanged since 2011.


Regional Transportation and Mobility Current Context Report

Prepared by Steer, on behalf of TransLink

This report provides an analysis of key trends in transportation, mobility, and growth impacting the region today.


Social Equity and Regional Growth Study

Prepared by Keltie Craig Consulting on behalf of Metro Vancouver

This study explores existing inequities within the Metro Vancouver region. It proposes how equity can be defined and addressed in long-range land use planning and creates policy recommendations.


Transport 2021 Revisited: Background Report for Transport 2021 Symposium

Christina DeMarco

This report was produced for TransLink during the creation of the 2013 Regional Transportation Strategy document and provides a retrospective on the Regional Transportation Strategy from 1991 entitled “Transport 2021”. The report provides a summary of the progress made towards planned investments and mode share targets laid out in Transport 2021.


Transit-Oriented Affordable Housing Study

Metro Vancouver

Metro Vancouver and other partners examined opportunities and challenges to building new affordable rental housing in transit-oriented locations across the region. The first phase of the study found a supply gap for affordable rental housing; higher transit usage among renters, especially lower income renters; and that land and construction costs create barriers to providing rental housing development. The study’s second phase evaluated a potential regional revolving loan fund and policy approaches to reduce the barrier of high land cost


Where Matters: Health & Economic Impacts of Where We Live

University of British Columbia, J. Armand Bombardier Foundation, Metro Vancouver, TransLink, City of Vancouver, Real Estate Foundation, My Health My Community (Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Health, University of British Columbia)

This collaborative report examines the relationship between the built and natural environments and health, how health outcomes vary across different groups in Metro Vancouver, and how walkable communities can reduce health care costs.


Previous Regional Transportation Strategies

RTS Strategic Framework (2013) Transport 2040 (2008) Transport 2021 (1993)


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