Mayors' Council Plan for Metro Vancouver transportation and transit

SkyTrain Millennium Line

What's in the Mayors' Plan for Vancouver?

By City of Vancouver

Vancouver will welcome 170,000 more residents and 120,000 new jobs by 2045. The Mayors' Plan tackles unreliable commute times and overcrowding now, then grows with us for the future.

  • More accessible service

    By City of Vancouver

    80 per cent more NightBus service and 30 per cent more HandyDART service.

  • New SkyTrain rail cars

    By City of Vancouver

    220 new SkyTrain rail cars for 50 per cent more service on the SkyTrain system. 

  • More bus service

    By City of Vancouver

    25 per cent more bus service, including West 4th Avenue, Southeast Marine Drive, and Kingsway.

  • More B-Line

    By City of Vancouver

    5 new B-Line rapid bus routes. 

  • Seabus service

    By City of Vancouver

    Service every 10 minutes during rush hour and every 15 minutes at all other times.

  • Road improvements

    By City of Vancouver

    Upgrades to quadruple investment in regional road improvements over the next 10 years.

The Mayors’ Council Plan for Metro Vancouver will reduce traffic congestion by 20 per cent, allowing drivers and transit users to save 20 to 30 minutes per day on some of the region’s most congested corridors.

For drivers, that means less time stuck in traffic and, through improved transit service, a real alternative to driving.

For transit users, it means better and extended bus service, improved HandyDART service, and an expanded rapid transit system for the region.

For pedestrians and cyclists, the plan will mean safer commutes and better connections to all modes of transport.

Improving our quality of life and economy

What are the transportation and transit investments from the Mayors' Council Plan that will benefit Vancouver residents and businesses?

Millennium SkyTrain Line extension along Broadway Corridor

The Mayors’ Council Plan calls for rapid transit along the Broadway Corridor between Commercial Drive and UBC to:

  • Meet current and growing demand for transit
  • Increase regional transit capacity and reliability

The first phase of the project is a tunnelled extension of the Millennium Line from VCC-Clark Station to Arbutus Street. This will replace much of the existing 99 B-Line bus route and connect with:

  • The Canada Line at Broadway-City Hall Station
  • The central Broadway business and healthcare district
  • A frequent B-Line service between Arbutus St and UBC

The City of Vancouver opposes cut-and-cover construction along Broadway, based on a Council motion passed in January 2008.

Bus service investments

Bus service will be more reliable, frequent, and extended.

Five new B-line routes will connect people and jobs, travelling from:

  • Downtown to SFU Burnaby via Hastings Street
  • Downtown to SE Marine Drive via Victoria Drive and Commercial Drive
  • Downtown to Lynn Valley Centre in North Vancouver via W Georgia Street
  • Joyce-Collingwood Station to UBC via 41st Avenue
  • Southeast Vancouver to Richmond and Burnaby via Knight Street

Other investments

The Mayors' Council Plan also includes:

  • Rapid transit upgrades already underway
  • SeaBus service increases of 50 per cent
  • Cycling and walking improvements
  • Road investments

Mayors' Council milestones

Mayors' Council releases the recommended ballot for the regional transportation investment plan

December 11, 2014 – The Mayors' Council on Regional Transportation released its recommended referendum question and a regional funding proposal on their Transportation and Transit Plan.

Mayors' Council releases a visionary regional transportation investment plan for Metro Vancouver

June 12, 2014 – The Mayors' Council on Regional Transportation released the plan "Regional Transportation Investments - A Vision for Metro Vancouver". The plan includes rapid transit along the Broadway Corridor between Commercial Drive and UBC, with the first phase being a tunneled extension of the Millennium Line to Arbutus Street.