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Transportation 2040 Plan: A transportation vision for the City of Vancouver

Dunsmuir bike lane, © Paul Krueger

Transportation 2040 is a long-term strategic vision for the city that will help guide transportation and land use decisions and public investments for the years ahead.

It provides a blueprint for us to move forward, build upon our past successes, and rise to meet new and emerging challenges.

The plan sets long-term targets and includes both high-level policies and specific actions to achieve this vision.

Transportation 2040 is a part of the City's larger strategy to ensure an inclusive, healthy, prosperous, and liveable future for Vancouver.

Goals of the Transportation 2040 Plan

The plan supports goals that address the many challenges we face, and seeks to meet Vancouver's economic, environmental, and social needs.

  • Economy - We envision a smart and efficient transportation system that supports a thriving economy while increasing affordability
  • People - We envision healthy citizens in a safe, accessible, and vibrant city
  • Environment - We envision a city that enhances its natural environment, ensuring a healthy future for its people and the planet

Many of the actions we will take to achieve these goals will require more detailed study and/or consultation. Given limited resources and practical constraints, achieving our goals requires us to prioritize our efforts and explore innovative funding and design solutions.

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Recent developments with this initiative

Consultant recruiting residents for transportation survey

October 14, 2014 – We have hired Mustle Group to recruit residents for our annual transportation survey starting this fall. The survey will help the City make better decisions about future transportation investments for Vancouver residents. Mustle Group will contact randomly-selected households and invite one member from each to record their trips during a 24-hour period. To learn more, phone 3-1-1.

New wayfinding map stands will be updated or installed this fall

August 25, 2014 – To help make finding a walking route in Vancouver even easier, 210 map stands will be updated or installed, starting in the downtown core this September. Additional maps will be installed around the city throughout the fall.

Survey: Understanding your travel habits

December 1, 2013 – A key implementation principle from Transportation 2040 is to monitor progress, learn from our experiences, and adapt our policies accordingly. The City of Vancouver is completing a travel survey to help better understand the travel characteristics of our residents. You may be contacted by Mustel Group to do a one-day travel diary which will be undertaken every year. This will help us measure progress towards our goals and plan future transportation investments.

Transportation 2040 Plan approved by Council

October 31, 2012 – After two years of extensive consultation with the engagement of over 18,000 citizens, Vancouver City Council voted today to approve the new Transportation 2040 Plan, an ambitious and balanced framework for Vancouver’s transportation future.

Transportation 2040 Draft Plan presented

October 30, 2012 – Staff presented the plan at the regular City Council meeting at 9:30am, followed by a meeting of the Standing Committee on City Finance and Services at 1:30pm.

Phase 2 consultation summary

August 7, 2012 – During the Transportation 2040 Phase 2 consultations in June and July 2012, over 10,000 people participated through public events, community and stakeholder meetings, an online questionnaire, social media, and email. In general, there was strong support for the City of Vancouver's draft transportation policies and actions.

Presentation to City Council

May 29, 2012 – The transportation plan team gave an update to Council. View the update in the Documents tab.

Plan documents

Public consultation documents

Council presentation documents

How we will implement the plan

Many of the actions outlined in this plan will require more detailed study and consultation. Given limited resources and practical constraints, achieving our goals requires us to prioritize our efforts and explore innovative funding and design solutions.

Guiding principles

The following principles are intended to help set priorities and guide implementation of the plan:

  • Invest wisely: Prioritize investments where the greatest benefits can be achieved.
  • Think big picture: Prioritize projects that achieve multiple transportation benefits, such as improved mobility and safety, or have added value beyond transportation.
  • Be opportunistic: Minimize costs and disruption by coordinating transportation improvements with other work projects.
  • Innovate: Use low-cost pilot projects to test new ideas and approaches. Embrace new transportation- and information technologies that help achieve our goals and improve efficiency.
  • Monitor, learn, and adapt: Monitor results, learn from our experiences, and adapt policies and approaches as necessary.
  • Work together: Collaborate with partners on projects that span municipal boundaries or have regional significance, or provide benefits that cross sectors.
  • Involve and empower citizens and local businesses: Engage with nearby residents, businesses, and other stakeholders when developing and implementing projects to foster constructive dialogue, unleash creativity, and inspire positive action.

How we will track our progress

Monitoring and evaluation are essential to help us understand whether we are making progress towards our goals and generally headed in the right direction.

By asking the right questions and collecting the right information, we can understand trends, respond to changing circumstances, and better predict the relative impacts of various investments.

We can learn from our experiences and adjust our actions accordingly. Through recent initiatives, we have already started more rigourous monitoring of infrastructure performance. This ensures accountability and responsiveness in a changing world, helping us make sound decisions that support our long-term goals.

Working leading up to this plan

The City and our partners have been working together on transportation issues through a number of related plans.

Regional and provincial governments

TransLink sets regional priorities for transportation and Metro Vancouver for land use planning. In 2008, the provincial government outlined its support for regional transit investment, including the UBC Line.

  • Metro Vancouver: Regional Growth Strategy (2011)
  • TransLink: Transport 2040 (2008) and Transport 2045 (in development)
  • British Columbia: Provincial Transit Plan (2008) and Climate Action Plan (2008)

Neighbouring municipalities

Vancouver’s neighbours have transportation plans that speak to increasing travel by foot, bicycle, and transit, though they vary in focus, approach, and scale. Vancouver’s transportation network connects to the north and south via five road bridges (managed by various agencies) and dedicated rail and ferry links. Numerous streets connect to the east and west.

  • District of North Vancouver: Transportation Plan (2012)
  • District of West Vancouver: Strategic Transportation Plan (2010)
  • City of North Vancouver: Long-Term Transportation Plan (2008)
  • University Endowment Lands: Official Community Plan (2005)
  • Burnaby: Transportation Plan (2004)
  • Richmond: Official Community Plan – Transportation (1999, update in 2012)

Institutional partners

Both Port Metro Vancouver and Vancouver International Airport are planning to increase their freight and passenger capacity. The University of British Columbia’s Point Grey campus relies on direct and reliable transit connections.

  • Port Metro Vancouver: Port 2050 (2010)
  • Vancouver International Airport: Your Airport 2027 (2007)
  • University of British Columbia: Strategic Transportation Plan (2005, renewal ongoing)

Previous City of Vancouver transportation plans

Transportation 2040 succeeds Vancouver’s 1997 Transportation Plan, which recognized that the city’s future did not lay in road expansion. Other transportation related plans supplement this work.

  • Downtown Transportation Plan (2002)
  • Bicycle Plan (1999)
  • Transportation Plan (1997)
  • Greenways Plan (1995)

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