In the next 25 years, our region is expected to grow by one million people and 500,000 new jobs.
Metro Vancouver’s role as a regional partnership of 21 municipalities, one treaty First Nation, and one Electoral Area is to ensure that this growth sustains and enhances a livable region. Our regional growth strategy, Metro Vancouver 2040: Shaping Our Future, plans for a livable region by connecting people to jobs, ensuring access to a wide range of amenities and services, and supporting a sustainable transportation system.
Our region’s Urban Centres will continue to be the primary focus for future growth. Urban Centres are intended to be transit-oriented communities with diverse populations, a range of employment opportunities, public spaces, and lively cultural and entertainment amenities. Directing population and job growth to Urban Centres, and other transit-oriented locations such as Frequent Transit Development Areas, supports the development of compact complete communities, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
We understand how vital transportation is in our region. By focussing growth in Regional City Centres, Municipal Town Centres, and Frequent Transit Development Areas, we can expand and support an efficient transportation system to connect our communities. This type of planning benefits the Frequent Transit Network, where transit service is available at least every 15 minutes, most of the day, seven days a week.
It is clear that as our region grows, the transit system that supports and connects us must also grow.
Major transit upgrades and investments identified in the Mayors’ Council Transportation and Transit Plan clearly align with the concept of compact, complete communities envisioned in our regional growth strategy, Metro 2040. The two plans are intrinsically linked, and both must succeed if we are to achieve our vision for a livable region.
Metro 2040 focuses planning and growth to facilitate and support efficient transportation investments. Having a sustainable transportation system will support and enhance a livable region by connecting communities, and increasing access to jobs, amenities, and services. Metro Vancouver regularly creates Maps of the Month, andFebruary’s map illustrates this concept spatially.
Over the next six weeks, I will highlight examples that illustrate the connection between investing in transit and achieving the goals laid out in our regional growth strategy. These stories will demonstrate the long-term benefits of planning for growth and investing in transit for communities across our region.
Chair – Metro Vancouver