Learn about the the Mayors’ Council vision for transportation in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.
District of Maple Ridge
Maple Ridge currently has a population of 76,052, and is expected to grow by approximately 37,000 residents in the next 15 years. The district is nestled at the foot of the Golden Ears Provincial Park mountains, between the banks of Pitt River and the Fraser River and a series of lakes along its eastern limits. Agriculture is an important part of Maple Ridge’s economy, but the district is actively supporting new business development through its businessSTART program, a joint initiative with Pitt Meadows and Mission, BC.
During public consultations for the Strategic Transportation Plan, residents reported frustration with discontinuous walking routes, traffic on residential streets (and traffic along east-west routes is expected to increase), limited transit service (especially outside of commuting times), and barriers to safe cycling, to name a few. The district has identified Key Activity Improvement Areas for each mode of transportation, and short and long term strategies to address them.
City of Pitt Meadows
Pitt Meadows currently has a population of 18,200 and is only expected to grow by about 5,000 in the next 15 years. This relatively slow growth – when compared with other parts of Metro Vancouver – is largely because 86% of its land area is part of the BC Agricultural Land Reserve . Pitt Meadows is surrounded by water and mountains. It has over 40 km of dykes and is home to the largest fresh water tidal lake in North America. Significant transportation infrastructure in Pitt Meadows includes the Pitt Meadows Regional Airport (YPK), the West Coast Express, and the Golden Ears Bridge. The West Coast Express (WCE) is the main public transit infrastructure used in the Pitt Meadows, however community shuttle buses and a Frequent Transit Network bus operates alongside the West Coast Express line. The Golden Ears is a tolled bridge that provides a direct connection to Langley and approximately 30,100 vehicles cross it each day. This volume is behind the original traffic forecasts and Translink has been left with a $35 million shortfall, annually.
- According to TransLink’s 2011 Trip Diaries Report
- Most trips remained within the Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows region (72%), and 9% were made to the Tri-Cities region
- 87% of trips were made by vehicles, and only 6% were made by transit and 6% were by foot
- Residents traveling by transit tended to travel longer distances
- The average distance travelled by vehicle was between 9 and 13 km
- The average distance travelled by public transit was 25 km
- The West Coast Express rail srevice stops at 8 stations and carries commuters from as far east as Mission to Waterfront station, downtown Vancouver
- BUT! It only offers 5 trips per day in each direction and only operates during peak hours on weekdays
- Public transit is provided by 3 main bus routes and 8 community shuttle routes, and has a bus loop, the Haney Place Transit Exchange
- An integrated tolling system for the Port Mann and Golden Ears Bridges is expected spring of 2014