Learn about the the Mayors’ Council vision for transportation in Richmond.
City of Richmond
As of 2011, the population of Richmond was approximately 190,000, and the city is expecting to grow by another 55,000 people within the next 15 years. Richmond is home to a diverse economy with a wide range of sectors including aerospace, agriculture, film and television, IT, manufacturing, tourism, and transportation industries.
The city is served by many bridges, but the four primary ones are the Knight Street, Oak Street, and Arthur Laing Bridges into Vancouver, and Alex Fraser Bridge into North Delta.* The Massey Tunnel connects Richmond to South Delta* but planning is underway to replace it with a bridge (construction is scheduled to begin in 2017). Richmond is also home to the Vancouver Airport (YVR), which was connected directly to Waterfront Station by light rail in 2009, when the Canada Line was opened. The Canada Line runs primarily north-south toward YVR, with every second train turning west at Bridgeport Station, and stops at seven stations in Richmond.
*The distinction between North and South Delta is not only relevant to national and provincial elections. South Delta residents are better connected to Richmond by road and transit than to North Delta (despite being part of the same municipality) and TransLink analyzes Richmond and South Delta as one sub-region.
- According to the 2011 transportation diaries published by TransLink, Richmond’s transportation mode share closely resembles Vancouver’s on weekdays: 75-80% of trips are made by car and less than 15% are made by transit
- Most trips that leave Richmond are headed to the City of Vancouver
- The majority of trips made by transit remain within the Richmond/South Delta region
- On average, Richmond residents travel slightly further by transit (13.8 km) than Vancouver residents (12.6 km), but not quite as far by car
- 67% of daily trips remain in this region, but to the region’s neighbours 16% of trips end in Vancouver, 8% end South of the Fraser, and 5% end in Burnaby or New Westminster