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The 10-Year Vision for Metro Vancouver Transit and Transportation:
Phase One Implementation and Next Steps

What is the 10-Year Vision?

Developed by the Mayors' Council in 2014, The 10-Year Vision for Metro Vancouver Transit and Transportation (the 10-Year Vision) is a strategy designed to keep the region moving. The Vision is a transit and mobility plan that reflects agreement by more than 20 local governments in Metro Vancouver, and is supported by the largest coalition of community, environmental and business stakeholders in B.C.'s history.

The 10-Year Vision is unique in Canada. It’s a region-wide, integrated plan – from transportation to light rail to bus to roads and bridges – that supports our 30-year Regional Transportation Strategy and Regional Growth Strategy.

The 10-Year Vision will be rolled out in three phases, each timed to the delivery of new projects and services. Phase One, which includes a wide range of transit service improvements, and launched in January, 2017, is the critical first step in moving the Vision forward and creating the transportation system the region needs. In each phase, investments from the federal government and provincial government will be matched with regional revenues to ensure the 10-Year Vision is funded in a fair and balanced way.

For a snapshot of the investments included in each phase of the 10-Year Vision, view the 10-Year Vision Dashboard.

What is the 10-Year Vision Phase One Plan?

On November 23, 2016, the Mayors’ Council and TransLink’s Board of Directors reviewed and approved Phase One of the 10-Year Vision. The Phase One Plan reflects feedback received from the public consultation process, which took place from October 11-31, 2016. The Plan is the first in a series of Investment Plans, each designed to advance the significant transit and transportation improvements outlined in the 10-Year Vision. The approval of Phase One represents a major step forward – the first significant new investment in transit and roads in Metro Vancouver since 2009.

Phase One of the 10-Year Vision will see an investment of approximately $2 billion in expanded transit services, transit infrastructure, and improvements for roads, cycling, and walking – Metro Vancouver's biggest transit service expansion since 2009.

Over the course of the Phase One Plan, a broad range of enhancements will be implemented, including those listed below.

Phase One Transit Service Improvements

  • 10% increase in bus service
  • 15% increase in HandyDART service
  • 20% increase in rail service (Expo Line, Millennium Line and Evergreen Extension, Canada Line, West Coast Express)
  • Pre-construction and consultation on Broadway subway and Surrey light rail
  • New funding for improvements to the Major Road Network
  • Expansion and improvements to the cycling and walking networks

Learn more about Phase One

How are Phase One Plan transit improvements going to be funded?

Making the 10-Year Vision a reality will require funding from all three levels of government, as well as users of the transit system and road network, and property owners. More specifically, funding will come from TransLink's existing sources, as well as investments from the federal and provincial governments. New forms of revenue will also be put in place, including the sale of TransLink's surplus property, and an eventual fee on new developments. To help pay for the region's share of funding, Metro Vancouver residents will see modest tax and fare increases.

To learn more about how the Phase One Plan is being funded, refer to the following documents developed for the public consultation on the Plan (October 2016): Transit Fare Backgrounder, Property Tax Backgrounder, Development Fee Backgrounder (Regional Transportation Development Cost Charge), and Regional Transportation Development Cost Charge FAQ and Update (October 2017).

Now that the Phase One plan has been launched, when will TransLink begin planning for subsequent phases?

While the Phase One Plan is a critical step in moving the 10-Year Vision forward, it is only the first in a series of plans required to fully design, fund, and implement the wide range of transit and road improvements in the Vision. Future phases will deliver additional improvements planned in the 10-Year Vision, including Surrey Light Rail, the Broadway subway, additional rail cars and station upgrades for the existing SkyTrain network, replacement of the Pattullo Bridge, and further investment in transit, roads, cycling, and walking.

With the launch of the Phase One Plan, the focus for the Mayors’ Council and TransLink now turns towards delivering the remainder of the 10-Year Vision, starting with the Phase Two Plan. We are intensifying our work with the Provincial and Federal governments to secure the commitments needed to keep moving ahead.

How much are transit improvements envisioned in the Phase Two plan estimated to cost?

With approval and launch of the 2017 investment plan, the Mayors’ Council and TransLink will continue the collaborative planning process, in order to develop updated investment plans in 2017 and 2019. This will allow the region to continue to capitalize on federal Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF) revenue, and explore additional regional strategies designed to contribute the local share of funding.

The Phase Two Plan is expected to include continued transit service improvements and major project investments. On March 22, 2017, the Federal Government committed approximately $2.2 billion for Phase Two of the 10-Year Vision, which includes construction of the Millennium Line Broadway Extension in Vancouver and Surrey rapid transit, as well as increased service on existing SkyTrain lines, continued expansion of bus service, and new funding for major roads, walking and cycling infrastructure. The Mayors’ Council and TransLink continue discussions with the provincial government to explore additional future funding sources which will enable the region to contribute matching funds in future phases.

Updated cost estimates for some projects – such as the Broadway subway and Surrey Light Rail – will be considered in the process to develop the Phase Two Plan.

What additional transit service improvements will Phase Two cover?

Feedback provided through the public consultation on the Phase One plan has demonstrated that TransLink is on the right track to deliver the services that Metro Vancouver residents believe are long overdue. With the launch of the Phase One Plan, the Mayors’ Council and TransLink will now develop investment plans in 2017 and 2019 (Phases Two and Three), which will allow the region to continue to capitalize on additional federal funding.

In March 2017, the Federal government committed $2.2 billion to for Phase Two of the 10-Year Vision, which includes construction of the Millennium Line Broadway Extension in Vancouver and Surrey rapid transit, as well as increased service on existing SkyTrain lines, continued expansion of bus service, and new funding for major roads, walking and cycling infrastructure. We continue our work with the Provincial government to secure the commitments needed to keep moving ahead on these projects.Feedback provided through the public consultation on the Phase One plan has demonstrated that TransLink is on the right track to deliver the services that Metro Vancouver residents believe are long overdue. With the launch of the Phase One Plan, the Mayors’ Council and TransLink will now develop investment plans in 2017 and 2019 (Phases Two and Three), which will allow the region to continue to capitalize on additional federal funding.

Phase Two Transit Service Improvements and Transportation Enhancements

  • Replacement of the Pattullo Bridge
  • Surrey light rail
  • Broadway subway
  • More rail cars and station upgrades on the existing SkyTrain system
  • Additional expansion of bus service across the region
  • Additional expansion of HandyDART service
  • Continued improvements to roads, cycling, and walking

Learn more about Phase Two

Phase Three

Complete delivery of the 10-Year Vision, including:

  • More bus, rail, and HandyDART service
  • Continued improvements to roads, cycling, and walking
  • Additional upgrades to stations and transit exchanges

How much are the provincial and federal governments expected to contribute to the Phase Two Plan?

With continued federal transit funding via the Public Transportation Infrastructure Fund (PTIF), and new federal financing made possible through a recently announced federal Infrastructure Bank, the region has a chance to see dramatic improvements to our local transportation network – at a lower cost to regional taxpayers. But the region must secure ongoing commitments for matching capital and operating funds at both the provincial and regional levels, to ensure the billions in federal dollars stay here in Metro Vancouver instead of other regions.

We are also continuing to meet with the provincial government to explore additional future funding sources which will enable the region to provide its share of funding for future phases.

How do I learn more?

Check out the Phase One and Phase Two pages on this site, or read the 10-Year Vision for Metro Vancouver Transit and Transportation.