Burnaby and New Westminster

Learn about the the Mayors’ Council vision for transportation in Burnaby and New Westminster.

City of Burnaby

Burnaby’s population is 223,218 with an expected growth of about 90,000 people in the next 15 years. It is home to Simon Fraser University (BC’s second largest university) and four main town centres in Metrotown (Metropolis at Metrotown is the largest mall in BC, second largest in Canada), Edmonds, Lougheed, and Brentwood, along with several other urban villages and mixed use areas.

Winston Bike Overpass photo courtesy of drowcliffe/flickr

Transportation in the city includes major roadways such as the Trans-Canada Highway and Highway 1A (Kingsway), as well as 4 Port Metro Vancouver bulk shipping terminals. There is also an extensive network of cycling paths (on and off-street) that spiders throughout the city and along the green spaces next to Burnaby Lake, Deer Lake, and the Burrard Inlet.

The winning entry in SFU Student Society photo/video contest If you like it on top!.
A campaign to rally support for the gondola proposed for Burnaby Mountain.

TransLink has proposed building a gondola up to SFU’s campus and the school’s unique residential enclave, UniverCity, but funding has not yet become available. As it is, the Millennium Line light rail stops at 11 stations in Burnaby and the Expo Line light rail stops at 4, and the West Coast Express inter-regional train travels through Burnaby.

City of New Westminster (New West)

Columbia Street, New Westminster photo courtesy of dennissylvesterhurd/flickr

New Westminster, or as the locals know it “The Royal City,” currently has a population of 65,976 and is expected to grow by 26,000 people over the next 15 years. New Westminster is the oldest city in Western Canada, and was once the capital of British Columbia. Three of the largest employers in New Westminster are Royal Columbian Hospital, Douglas College, and TransLink. The downtown core of New Westminster is located along Columbia Street, which is also the site of two of the city’s five Skytrain stations. Columbia Street is in the process of major developments and improvements directed at regaining its original glory.

Separated from its southern neighbours by the Fraser River, New West connects to Richmond via the Queensborough Bridge, to Delta via the Alex Fraser Bridge, and to Surrey via the Pattullo Bridge – and suffers high congestion at all three of these points. Congestion on the Pattullo Bridge has been exasperated by the decision to toll the Port Mann Bridge. The 10 km detour via the toll-free Pattullo may save on tolls, but is taking its “toll” on drivers.


  • Burnaby is located in the geographic centre of Metro Vancouver.
  • The Central Valley Greenway and BC Parkway bike routes run parallel to the Millennium and Expo lines
  • 20% of daily trips are made to Vancouver, but Burnaby residents do not need to cross a waterway to get there (the Cassiar Connector tunnels under Adanac Street not a waterway)
  • According to TransLink’s 2011 Trip Diaries Report:
    • 69% of people in this region use vehicles as a primary mode of transportation, while 21% use public transit
    • More than half of the daily Burnaby/New Westminster region trips stay within the region
    • The average distance traveled daily by vehicle (7.75 km) is shorter than the average distance traveled by transit (11.3 km)
  • Transit trips up and down Burnaby Mountain account for 2.3% of all transit trips made in Metro Vancouver

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