Phase One of the 10-Year Vision:
A plan for everyone.

The biggest transportation expansion in nearly a decade is now underway. Phase One of the 10-Year Vision is the critical first step in reducing overcrowding on our transit system and easing congestion on our roads. It’s a region-wide plan that will bring real improvements to the way Metro Vancouver residents travel, every day.

The First Step Forward

New investments in transportation are being made in communities across Metro Vancouver in 2017 to reduce wait times, and overcrowding, and extend service hours.

  • SkyTrain: additional service across the network.
  • SeaBus: increased sailings every 15 mins throughout the day until 9 p.m., every day of the week.
  • HandyDART: 85,000 new available trips annually.
  • Bus: 105,000 annual service hours were added in September 2017, with an additional 89,000 combined hours of permanent service improvements added in April and June of the same year.

Visit the Transit Service Changes page for details on the improvements that were introduced in September 2017.

We’re just getting started. You’ll also see even more transit services roll out across our integrated system in the next two years.

These enhancements represent an important first step in creating the transportation system our growing region will need to meet future demand.

Learn more by reading Phase One of the 10-Year Vision: Summary, or read the full Final Phase One Plan.

Improving Transportation Across the Region

Phase One of the 10-Year Vision sets out approximately $2 billion in expanded and new transit services, and improvements for roads, cycling, and walking paths across Metro Vancouver.

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Buses

  • 10% increase in service across the region
  • More frequent service on 50 different routes
  • 5 new B-Line routes on Fraser Highway, Lougheed Highway, Marine Drive, 41st Avenue, and Hastings Street
  • 171 new buses beginning in 2018
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SkyTrain/Rail

  • 20% increase in rail service
  • More frequent service on Expo/Millennium/Evergreen during mid-day, early evening, and weekends
  • Increased Canada Line service during high-demand times
  • 50 new SkyTrain cars
  • 5 new passenger cars for West Coast Express, to expand capacity
  • Pre-construction work on Broadway subway and Surrey light rail to keep projects on schedule
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SeaBus

  • One new SeaBus to increase service and improve reliability
  • Service every 15 mins throughout the day, every day of the week
  • Service every 10 mins during rush hour (once the new SeaBus is delivered)
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Major Road Network

Specific projects to be identified in partnership with communities, starting in 2017:

  • Expanded funding for operation, maintenance, and expansion of the Major Road Network (the first significant expansion of the MRN since 1999)
  • $50 million in expanded funding over 3 years for MRN upgrades that will improve safety and reduce traffic bottlenecks
  • $32.5 million over 3 years in new funding so municipalities can make MRN overpasses, retaining walls, and bridges safer and more earthquake-proof
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Walking/Cycling

Improvements starting in 2017:

  • $12.5 million in new funding for municipalities to improve pathways around transit, like sidewalks, crosswalks, and pedestrian traffic signals
  • $29.8 million in expanded funding to encourage/improve cycling, through projects like building new bike lanes and multi-use paths
  • $11.5 million in expanded funding to invest in regionally-owned cycling facilities at and near major transit stations and exchanges

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How did we get here

Over the past decade, demand for public transit has surged and traffic congestion on our roads has worsened as Metro Vancouver's population has grown. At the same time, the funding sources available for TransLink to maintain and expand our transit system and major road network – transit fares, property tax, and fuel sales tax – have failed to grow with inflation. With a lack of any new funding sources to fill the gap between costs and revenues, TransLink hasn't been able to significantly expand transit service since 2009.

In this seven year period, the population of Metro Vancouver grew by 250,000 people – equivalent to the population of the City of Burnaby. In order to address these challenges, in 2014, TransLink's 23-member Mayors' Council on Regional Transportation outlined service improvements and priority investments in the 10-Year Vision, which now serves as the blueprint for transportation planning in the region.

In 2015, Metro Vancouver residents were asked to vote on a proposed funding mechanism that would provide the region's share of funds needed for the entire 10-Year Vision. Since then, TransLink has made important changes to its organization and has worked closely with the Mayors' Council to develop a sensible new approach to begin implementing the 10-Year Vision in three phases.

On November 23, 2016, the plan for Phase One of the 10-Year Vision was approved by the Mayors’ Council and TransLink’s Board of Directors. The approval of the plan enables the roll out of increased transit services starting in January 2017. Planning and public consultation on Phase Two of the 10-Year Vision begins in 2017.