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.
Many of the actions we will take to achieve these goals 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.
July 29, 2016 – The Active Transportation Promotion and Enabling Plan (ATPEP) looks at non-infrastructure based approaches to increasing the number of people who walk and cycle to their destinations.
May 4, 2016 – Staff updated Council on the results of our transportation panel survey. Both show how far we've come to meeting the mode share-goals of the Transportation 2040 Plan and Greenest City Action Plan.
June 12, 2013 – Staff provided Council with an overview of recent transportation trends, and gave an update on improving safety for people walking and cycling.
May 29, 2013 – Staff updated Council on local transit improvements, the Stanley Park Causeway, and allowing taxis to use bus lanes.
April 24, 2013 – Staff updated Council on plans to improve the False Creek bridges for people walking and cycling, in coordination with required maintenance and rehabilitation.
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.
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.
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.
May 29, 2012 – The transportation plan team gave an update to Council. View the update in the Documents tab.
Many of the actions outlined in this plan 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.
The following principles are intended to help set priorities and guide implementation of the plan:
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.
The City and our partners have been working together on transportation issues through a number of related plans.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Learn how we are building a smart and efficient transporation system that supports people, the environment, and our economy.Get the condensed plan (PDF, 16 MB)