Gas-fueled vehicles account for approximately 37% of our total emissions in 2014. Automobiles, while declining in total proportion of journeys, will continue to play an important role in our transportation system for the foreseeable future.
To meet our long-term air quality and emissions targets, we will continue with the direction set out by our strategic transportation plan Transportation 2040 and shift to renewably powered vehicles.
The transportation system we are aiming for allows for freedoms to not be given up at the expense of environmental benefit, but where you make sustainable choices because they are the most rational, comfortable, convenient, safe, and enjoyable way of getting around.
Imagine a city where the transportation system is efficient, supports a thriving economy while improving affordability, provides citizens the opportunity to be healthy and mobile, and which is powered by renewable energy.
In 2050, plug-in and conventional hybrids powered by sustainable biofuels will still allow people to make longer journeys and use their vehicles much as they do today, while using electric propulsion when driving around the city.
The use of electricity within our transportation system will remain important because of our city’s trolley bus system.
The transformations expected in large commercial vehicles are a lot less clear. Current trends in technology suggests a small portion of the fleet will run on hydrogen and the majority will use biofuels and biomethane. There are also new electric trucks under development.
We must plan our land-use to reflect our transportation choices, including travel time and reliability, cost, how far we have to go and how flexible we need that journey to be.
We have planned for regional and city growth by:
We can influence a reduction in transportation emissions through the following approaches.
Walking is our top transportation priority as almost every journey has a walking component to it. To make walking more enjoyable, we will:
Cycling creates no emissions, is inexpensive, improves health, and allows easy access to much of our city.
To increase cycling, we are:
A large portion of the transit service in our city is already electrified—the SkyTrain, Canada Line and trolley buses—but there are still diesel bus services on many of the routes.
Meeting our 100% renewable energy goals will require expanding the trolley network and/or converting these non-electric routes to renewable fuel sources.
Car-sharing is a membership-based service that gives access to a fleet of cars that can be rented. It allows people to go car-light or even car-free.
A single car-share vehicle can replace up to 11 personally owned vehicles, freeing up road space for other uses. There is also the potential for car-sharing to reduce energy demand from transportation even more by using renewably powered cars in car-sharing fleets.
The transportation system of the future will have a greater range of energy sources and vehicle types.
The transport system is expected to evolve so that most short-distance and local journeys will be made on foot or bike, most longer trips by transit, and those remaining trips by electric vehicle.
Commercial vehicles cover a large range of vehicle types, from light trucks through to buses, garbage haulers to large articulated trucks.
The technologies that could be used to reduce fossil-fuels in commercial vehicles are:
Short-term actions that we will implement to have renewably powered transportation.
T.1.1 - Foster land use as a tool to improve transportation consistent with the direction established in Transportation 2040.
T.1.2 - Enhance and accelerate the development of complete streets and green infrastructure.
T.1.3 - Enhance the pedestrian network according to the direction established in Transportation 2040
T.1.4 - Enhance cycling infrastructure and encourage more bike trips according to the direction set in Transportation 2040
T.1.5 - Use parking policies to support sustainable transportation choices and efficient use of our street network.
T.1.6 - Optimize the road network to manage congestion, improve safety, and prioritize green transportation.
T.2.1 - Extend the Millennium Line in a tunnel under Broadway
T.2.2 - Improve frequency, reliability, and capacity across the transit network
T.2.3 - Develop a transit supportive public realm with improved multimodal integration and comfortable waiting areas
T.2.4 - Work with the transit authority and other partners to transition fossil fuel powered transit vehicles to renewable energy
T.3.1. - Develop vehicle and fuel standards to support renewably powered vehicles
T.3.2 - Develop supporting infrastructure that meets the needs of renewably powered vehicles
T.4.1 - Support increased car-sharing and the uptake of renewably powered vehicles in car-sharing fleets.
T.4.2 - Advocate for comprehensive regional mobility pricing
T.5.1 - Improve the delivery of commercial freight, goods and services according the direction set in Transportation 2040
T.5.2 - Work with fleet operators and contractors to transition to renewably powered vehicles
The City of Vancouver's Transportation 2040 Plan provides a vision for how people and goods will move in and around Vancouver for the next 30 years.