On June 12th, the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation approved a Vision for regional transportation in Metro Vancouver. The Vision includes both a strategy for the next 30 years and a detailed list of investment priorities for the first 10 years once funding becomes available.
The Vision is contained in a document called Regional Transportation Investments—A Vision for Metro Vancouver. That document, a brief Highlights document and other material are available here.
This post is about the Vision’s proposal for rapid transit in the Broadway corridor.
At Metro Vancouver’s Council of Councils meeting on April 12, Mayor Greg Moore provided a high-level update on the work being done to develop a 10-year regional transportation plan. Mayor Moore chairs a subcommittee of the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation tasked with developing a plan for consideration and approval by the Mayors’ Council.
Mayor Moore’s slide presentation is available here.
On April 2, Minister Stone answered a number of questions relating to investment in Metro Vancouver’s transportation system. The questions were asked by the opposition during consideration of estimates for the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (the budget for ministry operations).
A transcript of the proceedings is available here. The relevant portion begins at 5:10 pm and continues for just over an hour. Anyone with a keen interest can watch a video of the proceedings, but be warned, there are long pauses between the questions and the answers while the Minister consults with staff.
Although the Minister said nothing particularly new, he did confirm and clarify several things. The following is a summary of some of his responses together with extracts from the transcript. Continue reading
In February, two key developments occurred that have relevance to rapid transit in the Broadway corridor: the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure wrote an important public letter to the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation, and the Mayors’ Council agreed to develop a detailed transportation vision for Metro Vancouver (Mayors’ Council letter, Media Release). There now appears to be a clear route to a decision on rapid transit on Broadway—as well as many other potential transit and transportation projects—and a short timeframe for the decision to be made.