Phase Two of the 10-Year Vision:
Preparing for Growth

While Phase One of the 10-Year Vision provides relief for overcrowding on transit and congestion on major roads, Phase Two will enable TransLink to take the next steps in expanding and improving Metro Vancouver’s transportation network to meet the demands of our growing population.

Building on Momentum

With Phase One of the 10-Year Vision now underway, TransLink has launched the planning process for Phase Two. It will include more buses, SkyTrain, and HandyDART service, as well as procurement and construction of key projects including Surrey light rail, the Broadway subway, and a new Pattullo Bridge.

On March 22, 2017, the Federal Government committed approximately $2.2 billion for Phase Two of the of the 10-year Vision. However, moving forward requires funding commitments from the Provincial governments, as well as additional regional revenue sources. Development and finalization of the Phase Two Plan will include a public consultation process in 2017.

TransLink and the Mayors’ Council are focused on securing the commitments needed to keep moving ahead with the 10-Year Vision, and are in active discussions with the Provincial government to keep this critical transportation strategy on track. Our region’s economy, environment, and quality of life depend on it.

Investing in our Future

TransLink will present the Phase Two plan to the public, for input, in 2017. Just like the consultation on Phase One, you will have a chance to see details of the transit and road improvements being planned for your community and to comment on proposed investments and regional funding sources.

Anticipated Highlights of Phase Two:

  • 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 major roads, cycling, walking paths, and transit access points

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.