In response to a region-wide desire for coordinated, sustainable transportation, the CRD Board approved the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) on August 13, 2014. The RTP aims to improve mobility between communities, expand the range of accessible and affordable transportation choices, and support regional sustainability.
Aligned with Regional Growth Strategy principles, the RTP will coordinate future growth with an efficient transportation network to move people throughout the region. Identifying regional transportation priorities as well as new options for governance and funding will inform decisions on roads, rail, bridges, bike lanes and trails.
On October 12, 2016 the CRD Board announced their support for local government engagement on a proposed Regional Transportation Service. Read more >>
On March 9, 2016 the CRD Board directed staff to prepare a draft Transportation Service Bylaw as recommended by the Transportation Select Committee on March 2, 2016. The draft bylaw would seek the participation of all municipalities and electoral areas and provide the CRD with the potential to take on a broad range of additional transportation services including:
- Funding and partnering in infrastructure projects and grant applications
- Programming and Electoral Area transportation assistance
- Preparing a Board policy that would tie requisition increases to expansion of transportation functions and identify triggers for increased requisitions.
At the core of the plan is the identification of a Regional Multi-Modal Transportation Network that will connect mobility centres and give travelers more transportation choices. Developed in collaboration with all 13 municipalities, three electoral areas, BC Transit and the Ministry of Transportation, the RTP will guide the planning and development of a multi-modal transportation system that meets future growth with a focus on sustainability.
The plan is based on the following seven principles:
- Coordinated and engaged approach to local and regional planning
- Reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the transportation sector
- Integrated transportation and land use planning
- Capitalized potential for alternatives to driving alone
- Enhanced role for public transit
- Maximized efficiency of existing transportation corridors for all modes
- Prioritized strategic investments that serve regional mobility needs
The CRD Board directed staff to determine the operational details associated with implementing a new transportation service and consolidating some existing transportation functions under a new service authority. A new transportation service authority would enable the consolidation of some existing and proposed CRD assets, facilities and services into one service area to advance the implementation of regional priorities.
To create a transportation service, a service establishment bylaw would be required. A three-phased approach is recommended:
- Consolidation of existing transportation functions
- Addition of other new non-transit, priority functions identified in the RTP
- Addition of transit
As needs and opportunities differ across the region, sub-regional working groups have been proposed to work on local priorities and initiatives.
Developing the Plan
The RTP Terms of Reference identifies issues and project scope.
The RTP was developed in six phases. Each phase included review and input by a Technical Advisory Committee (RTP-TAC) consisting of transportation planning professionals from municipalities and provincial agencies. The TAC provided a means for these organizations to participate in and contribute to overall RTP development.