Learn about the the Mayors’ Council vision for transportation in Vancouver.

City of Vancouver

Vancouver is the densest and the most populated sub-region of Metro Vancouver, with a current population of 603,502, and is expected to grow by 100,000 people over the next 15 years. This growth is expected to create up to 90,000 new jobs in the region over the coming decades.

Bike lane infrastructure in Vancouver photo courtesy of pwkrueger/flickr

Vancouver is multimodal and is served by a diversity of transit:

  • Buses (electric trolley buses, compressed natural gas-powered, diesel-electric hybrid buses, and low-emissions diesel) equipped with bike racks
  • Accessible transit (HandyDART buses)
  • Light Rapid Transit (SkyTrain‘s Expo and Millenium Lines, Canada Line)
  • Passenger ferry (SeaBus)
  • Inter-regional Commuter Train (West Coast Express)

Articulated electric trolley bus in Vancouver photo courtesy of Steve_Morgan/wikimedia

The city’s existing layout precludes expanding or adding roads, but also the density and population have helped to make Vancouver’s transportation infrastructure Metro’s least auto dependent region. That’s not to say the city is without its transportation challenges: high demand for transit; competition for road space by different means of transportation (buses, bikes, cars, pedestrians); several bridges and tunnels; the densification of the downtown core putting increased pressure on the transportation system; and container traffic generated out of Port Metro Vancouver, Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway, all present issues for residents and the economy.

Vancouver is home to many centres of higher learning, including BC’s largest university, UBC, which has approximately 50,000 students and 17,000 faculty and staff at the Vancouver campus alone. The Broadway corridor is crucial Vancouver transportation network, but especially for connecting UBC’s main campus with the rest of the City and its Medical School’s affiliated hospital, Vancouver General, BC’s largest. At the moment, Vancouver’s Broadway Corridor is inadequately served by the 99-B-Line bus service, which is under strain due to high demand.
  • Broadway Corridor is the busiest bus route in North America and has higher ridership than the Millennium Line
  • TransLink surveys Metro Vancouver residents by having them fill out trip diaries. The most recent survey analysis of 2011, showed:
    • 56% of trips in this region are made by vehicles, while 22% are made by public transit
    • 18% of trips made in Vancouver are by walking, which is very large in comparison to other regions
    • The average trip length made by vehicles is 6.8km
    • The average trip length made by transit is 7.9km
    • 75% of daily trips remain in this region, while 9% are to Burnaby/New Westminster, and 6% are to Richmond/South Delta
  • There are 21 Skytrain Stations and bus loops in Vancouver alone

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