A better future for transportation
in Metro Vancouver
The Mayors’ Council is the collective voice of Metro Vancouver residents on transit and transportation. Our members include representatives from each of the 21 municipalities in TransLink’s service area, as well as Electoral Area ‘A’ and the Tsawwassen First Nation. We are responsible for approving TransLink’s transportation plans, identifying local funding and negotiating with other levels of government to make those plans a reality.
In the lead up to the May 9th provincial election, the Mayors’ Council is engaging in an outreach campaign to educate Metro Vancouver residents about transportation issues in our region. With traffic congestion and overcrowding on transit among the top concerns of residents in Metro Vancouver, it’s important to understand what’s at stake in this election and how the major political parties plan to deal with this critical issue.
Read our 2017 Election Platform to learn more about the commitments we need from the next provincial government.
Investing in transportation
The 10-Year Vision for Metro Vancouver Transit and Transportation, developed by the Mayors’ Council in 2014, is the blueprint for investments in public transit, major roads, cycling and walking infrastructure that our region needs in order to keep up with rapid population growth and to protect our quality of life. The plan is broadly supported by leaders from across the region, and includes important projects like the Broadway subway, LRT in Surrey, replacing the Pattullo Bridge, expanding bus service region-wide and upgrading our existing SkyTrain network.
Earlier this year, TransLink began rolling out Phase One of the 10-Year Vision – a $2 billion plan funded by the region, provincial and federal governments. But Phase One only begins to address pent-up demand after years of under-investment in transportation. If we really want to make an impact on congestion, we must complete the 10-Year Vision. Doing so will reduce road congestion by up to 20 percent, and commuters could save up to 30 minutes on their daily travels. And we can’t stop there. Curing congestion for good will take smart planning and sustained investments for many years to come.
That’s why the Mayors’ Council is asking Metro Vancouver voters to join us in making transportation an issue in this election. There’s so much at stake. The federal government has stepped up with billions of dollars for the next phase of the Vision, but if the province and region don’t match it, we’ll lose that money to other cities and our congestion problem will only get worse.
The 10-Year Vision
Developed by the Mayors’ Council in 2014 following years of planning and public consultation, the 10-Year Vision reflects the consensus of more than 20 local governments, and is supported by the largest coalition of community, environmental, and business stakeholders in B.C.’s history.
The plan will be rolled out in three phases, each timed to the delivery of new projects and services. 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.
Visit tenyearvision.translink.ca for more information about what’s in the plan, how it will be funded, and the process for approving and building each phase of the Vision.
Role of the Mayors’ Council
The Mayors’ Council approves transportation plans prepared by TransLink, which deal with transportation service levels, major capital projects, regional funding and borrowing limits. It appoints the majority of members on the TransLink Board of Directors. It also performs regulatory oversight functions related to short-term fares, customer survey and complaint processes, sale of major facilities and assets, and director and executive compensation levels.
For more background information about the Mayors’ Council, and to access the schedule of meetings, agendas and reports, please visit the TransLink website
Gregor Robertson, Mayor of Vancouver,
Chair of the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation
Linda Hepner, Mayor of Surrey,
Vice-Chair of the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation
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