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Transport 2050


Transport 2050 is the region’s new 30-year transportation strategy


The new Regional Transportation Strategy will improve transportation for the people who live, work, and play in Metro Vancouver.

Designed to be flexible in an era of rapid change, Transport 2050 is our roadmap for the next 30 years. It identifies projects, services, and policies to make transportation better for everyone.


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

Regional Transportation Strategy

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: 10-Year Priorities

Transport 2050: 10-Year Priorities sets out what we — as a region— think we should get started on right away. It builds on the 2014 Mayors’ Vision, incorporating remaining investments yet to be implemented, and identifies our top priorities for the first decade of Transport 2050, which will be funded through future Investment Plans starting in 2024 or 2025.

Using the goals and strategies in Transport 2050, and engaging the public, Indigenous Peoples, stakeholders, and partners, the following is a summary of the priorities for the first 10 years:

  • More than doubling bus service levels across the region

  • Developing approximately 170 kilometres of new rapid transit on up to 11 corridors, including:

    • Up to nine Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes using new zero-emission buses on dedicated, traffic-separated lanes

    • A rapid transit connection to the North Shore

    • The Burnaby Mountain Gondola to SFU

    • The Millennium Line SkyTrain extension from Arbutus to UBC

  • Exploring other potential SkyTrain extensions, including Newton in Surrey and Port Coquitlam

  • Investing in 450 kilometres of new traffic-separated cycling paths

  • Investing in improving customer experience and amenities

  • Innovating in automated, electric, and shared mobility

  • Building the foundation for the digitalization of mobility

  • Improving our relationships with Indigenous Nations and urban Indigenous Peoples and making progress on reconciliation

  • Making our infrastructure more resilient to seismic risks and climate change

  • Understanding the social equity impacts of our investments on disadvantaged communities and ensuring we have the data and consultation to maximize our investments for our customers


100+ Actions

Transport 2050 identifies over 100 actions to deliver transportation choice. Whether you walk, bike, roll, transit, or drive. These actions will also help the region reach its goals.

Traffic separated transit and walking, biking, and rolling make it safe and comfortable to travel. At the same time, shared autonomous vehicles provide convenient options for people to access the convenience of a car, without the burdens of ownership

Putting rapid transit within a short walk of most people and frequent local transit within a short walk of nearly everyone

Most long trips are facilitated by fast and reliable rapid transit, which is traffic separated and free from congestion, on major boulevards. The provision of ‘comfortable for most’ active transportation infrastructure invites walking, biking, and rolling as the preferred mode for short trips.

Creating an 850-kilometre major bikeway network

A transformed street puts people first, inviting social gatherings and play, facilitated by a shift away from private vehicle use and storage. Motor vehicles are still welcomed but as low speed guests into this people first space. eBike sharing systems and open up new options for local access to opportunity

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

More residential neighbourhoods reap the rewards of near universal access to frequent local transit. Traffic protected active transportation infrastructure makes walking, biking, and rolling highly attractive, while shared ebikes and e-scooters open up new options for convenient local travel

Promoting electric and shared vehicles: bikes, scooters, and cars


A Shared Strategy for the Region

Transport 2050 was created from TransLink’s largest-ever public engagement. Thanks to your input — and from partnerships across the region — we have a strategy to shape the future of how we move and live.


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360
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38,000+
surveys completed

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500+
stakeholder groups engaged

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160k+
discussions

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4k
ideas submitted

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184
days of engagement



Previous Regional Transportation Strategies

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

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