Learn about the the Mayors’ Council vision for transportation in the Tri-Cities.
City of Coquitlam
Coquitlam has a current population of 126,465 and is expected to grow by 87,000 in the next 15 years – that’s a 70% increase! Coquitlam’s largest employers are the School District and the City of Coquitlam. The West Coast Express commuter rail stops at Coquitlam Central Station, which is currently under construction to accommodate the new Evergreen Line (expected completion date of Summer 2016). The Evergreen line will begin at Douglas College Station in Coquitlam, travel adjacent to the West Coast Express, then turn south again to connect with the Millennium Line at Lougheed Town Centre Station in Burnaby, with 5 stops in between. Coquitlam commissioned a transportation study that identified the intersections in the city centre and along the Lougheed Highway and the North Road corridors suffer significant congestion, even on weekends. That said, the Bailey Bridge between New Westminster and Coquitlam grabs most of the media attention as it is reaching the end of its life capacity and is frequently closed.
City of Port Coquitlam (PoCo)
Approximately 57,000 people live in Port Coquitlam, or PoCo as it is affectionately known, and the city is expected to grow by 20,000 over the next 15 years. Some of Port Coquitlam’s largest employers are the School District, Canadian Pacific Rail yard, and Sysco, a food service company. The West Coast Express stops at Port Coquitlam Station, shuttling commuters heading to Downtown Vancouver in the mornings and as far east as Mission at the end of each workday. PoCo seeks to reduce the city’s reliance on single-occupancy vehicles. The transportation plan for Port Coquitlam focusses on transportation within and between the mixed-use areas, including the downtown, the Dominion Triangle, along Westwood Street, and the Northside communities. In these areas, the city envisions better pedestrian networks that improve walkability, integration between cycling and transit, adding rapid bus service along the Lougheed Highway corridor, and improvements to major road networks, including expansion. The Pitt River Bridge was replaced in in 2009 to relieve congestion.
City of Port Moody
Port Moody’s current population of 34,000 is expected to grow to 44,000 over the next 15 years. The city’s largest employer is the Eagle Ridge Hospital, followed by the school district and the City of Port Moody. Its slogan “The City of the Arts” takes shape in its Arts and Culture Master Plan, which envisions a rich cultural future while respecting the past. Port Moody’s 2009 Transportation Master Plan prioritized traffic along the North-South corridors, especially along Ioco Road. A study of the east-west Murray-Clarke corridor and several neighbourhood traffic calming projects are currently underway. TransLink is currently updating Northeast Sector Area Transit Plan. Currently, the West Coast Express picks up commuters at Port Moody Station on its way to Downtown Vancouver and drops them off on its way back to Mission, BC. Along the East-West corridor the Evergreen Line will have two stops in Port Moody, once it is completed in 2016. At present, public transit in Port Moody is primarily provided by buses and community buses.
… and a pair of villages
As the name implies, three cities comprise the northeast sector of Metro Vancouver: Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, and Port Moody. However, two additional villages are also part of the Tri-Cities: Anmore and Belcarra.
Village of Anmore
Anmore is home to approximately 2,000 people, plus the summertime population of visitors to the Anmore Camping and RV Park, and is growing at an impressive rate. Most Anmore residents work outside of the village, but “buying local” is encouraged through interviews posted online by Anmore Alternative News. Nestled in a forest, the village branches out from Sunnyside Road, which leads south toward Port Moody and north toward Buntzen Lake. Transit is provided by community shuttle service. Having grown out of the Imperial Oil settlement known as the Ioco Townsite, some regard Anmore as a unique blend of “industry, nature, and community.” They call the style of living in the village the “Anmore Concept” and resist encroachment of urban development from surrounding areas.
Village of Belcarra
Belcarra is little. Concentrated along the knife’s edge between Belcarra Regional Park and Indian Arm, a branch off the Burrard Inlet, the village is populated by less than 700 people. Transit is provided by community shuttle buses to Port Moody Station and some neighbourhoods can only be accessed by water. Belcarra supports the extension of the Evergreen Line to Douglas College Station, also in Port Moody, in the hopes it will incite more residents to choose transit. An intimate village primarily of homes and recreation opportunities, Belcarra residents shop in Port Moody and Coquitlam and middle and high school students head to Port Moody and Coquitlam, respectively.
- According to TransLink’s 2011 Trip Diaries Report:
- In the Tri-Cities, 82% of weekday trips are made by vehicles, while 11% are made by public transit
- 68% of daily trips remain inside the Tri-Cities region
- The two most common destinations outside of the region are to Burnaby/New Westminster (13%) and Vancouver (7%)
- Transit trips are about 35% longer than the Metro Vancouver average, whereas vehicle trips are similar in length
- Evergreen Line will have 7 stations and span 11 km between Douglas College in Port Moody and Lougheed Town Centre in Burnaby