With over a million new residents, 600,000 new jobs, and the potential for three million more automobile trips per day expected in Metro Vancouver in the next 30 years, we need to take action to reduce congestion by investing in our region’s transportation system.
The Mayors’ Council, representing 23 local elected governments in Metro Vancouver, has developed a common Vision and action plan for our transportation system. This Vision will protect our regional economy, our environment, our health and our quality of life.
The Mayors’ Council Vision for Metro Vancouver will reduce traffic congestion by 10%, allowing drivers and transit users to save 20–30 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. The Vision will also allow cycling to become a safer and viable travel choice.
Light Rail Transit In Surrey and the Langleys104 Avenue and King George Boulevard in the first 7 years and Fraser Highway to Langley Centre in the first 12 years of the Vision
Broadway Corridor Rapid TransitMillennium Line extension to Arbutus Street within the next 10 years
Patullo Bridge ReplacementNew safer four-lane bridge, designed to keep the possibility of future expansion to six lanes
75% More B-Line bus service in the Metro Vancouver Region
11 new B-Line routes throughout the region, 159 new buses and 200 kilometres of new B-Line service
- Commercial Broadway Station to UBC
- Coquitlam Station to Lougheed Station
- Guildford Exchange to Newton Exchange
- Surrey Centre to Langley
- Scott Road Station to Newton Exchange
- Extend 96 B-Line to White Rock Centre
- Coquitlam Centre to Maple Ridge or Coquitlam Centre to Langley
- Richmond Brighouse Station to Metrotown
- Metrotown to Capilano University
- Dundarave to Phibbs Exchange
- Lynn Valley Centre to Downtown Vancouver
- Joyce-Collingwood to UBC
- Downtown Vancouver to SE Marine Drive
- Downtown Vancouver to SFU Burnaby
Increasing Service for Buses, SeaBus, HandyDart and Rapid Transit and More: Getting You Where You Need To Go
- 25% increase in bus service across the region: Adding 400 more buses to the existing fleet of 1,830
- 200 more kilometres of B-Line routes: 11 new limited-stop services that can be faster than driving
- 70% of Metro Vancouver residents will have access to more frequent transit throughout the region
- More frequent all-day service: More corridors with service every 15 minutes or better, seven days a week
- More frequent peak-hour service: So that commuters spend less time waiting
- 50% more SeaBus service: Every 10 minutes during peak hours, and 15 minutes the rest of the day
- More service to new and growing lower-density neighbourhoods across the region
- 80% more NightBus service: Increased service for those who need to get around late at night
- 30% more HandyDART service: Improved service for those who cannot use transit without assistance
- Upgrades to the Expo, Millennium and Canada Lines: 129 additional fleet vehicles and stations upgraded to meet growing demand
- More West Coast Express service: 10 additional fleet vehicles and one new locomotive
- 13 new or expanded transit exchanges across the region to serve growing demand and to make the system easier to use
- 2,700 kilometres of bikeways, including 300 kilometres of fully traffic-separated routes
- Better connections to transit through pedestrian improvements at or near transit stops and stations
- Maintaining and upgrading the Major Road Network (MRN) to keep people and goods moving
How Do We Pay
Current revenue sources are not keeping up with a growing population and even faster growing demand for transit service
The Mayors’ Council Vision identifies new investments that will reduce existing congestion as well as the impact of the one million new residents who are expected to join the region over the next 30 years. It includes $7.5 billion in new capital spending and counts on Federal and Provincial partners to share one-third each of the costs of major infrastructure projects. The cost of the Vision will also be supported by new transit fare revenue generated by the investments and Pattullo tolls to cover the cost of new bridge. However, new revenue sources will also be required to deliver the Vision.
The following funding sources are required to deliver this Vision:
1. Senior Government Contributions
- Federal and Provincial partners to contribute one-third each to the eligible costs of major infrastructure projects
- On-going application of the federal gas tax funds, in-line with historical levels of $122 million per year
- Total Federal, Provincial and partner government contributions would be $3.95 billion
2. Increased Ridership Revenue
- $500 million in new transit fare revenue as a result of increased ridership
3. Pattullo Bridge Toll
- Toll to cover cost of new bridge over time
- Toll to be reduced or replaced upon introduction to the more consistent region-wide approach to pricing road usage called for in this Vision
4. Proposed New Funding Sources
- Approximately $110 million per year initially, eventually increasing to approximately $390 million per year (in 2015 dollars)
The following are proposed new funding sources in the near term and longer term, to fund the transportation priorities in the Vision.
Near term: Use BC Carbon Tax revenues collected in Metro Vancouver to reallocate towards transportation in this region The BC Carbon Tax is recognized as an effective way to reduce carbon emissions and improve economic efficiency. The benefits of this tax would be greatly increased by directing the revenues towards regional transportation improvements that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Vision calls for $250 million of the BC Carbon Tax currently paid by Metro Vancouver residents and businesses to be reallocated to transportation investment in this region.
If the Government of British Columbia chooses not to pursue this approach, another option is to increase the existing BC Carbon Tax rate for the Metro Vancouver region to support transportation investment.
Longer term: Staged introduction of mobility pricing on the road network The Mayors’ Council is committed to implementing a more consistent region-wide approach to pricing road usage as the most fair and effective way to reduce congestion. This approach will:
- Fund the remainder of this Vision and also allow us to reduce the fuel sales tax by $0.06 per litre
- Require careful study and consultation and take 5 to 8 years to implement in a way that is cost-effective and fair.