The 2014 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) establishes a vision for transportation in the region and outlines outcomes and actions needed for the CRD to achieve this vision. The RTP aims to improve mobility between communities, expand the range of accessible and affordable transportation choices, and support regional sustainability. 

The RTP also establishes a mode share target of 42% for active transportation and transit combined for the region by 2038. As of 2021, the region’s mode share is 26.6%. 

A 2020/21 analysis of the RTP priority actions and outcomes shows that much progress has been made to build out the Regional Multi-modal Transportation Network (RTP pages 116-117)

Working concurrently with the RTP, the 2018 Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) sets out a Settlement Concept that directs growth and development to designated centres and corridors. This helps support efficient public transit and connected active transportation infrastructure.

Full realization of the multi-modal transportation network will help the region take action on three core transportation issues : 

  1. Congestion: Traffic congestion in the AM and PM peak periods increases travel time and decreases residents’ quality of life.
  2. Mode Share: The regional road network is largely built out, constraining infrastructure solutions because of cost and geography; as a result, there is a need to focus on solutions that shift mode share.  
  3. Climate Change: Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the region and with the declaration of a climate emergency, the region needs to act by substantially reducing GHG emissions from transportation. 

Responsibility for achieving our vision and taking action is shared by the CRD, our member municipalities and electoral areas, the Province and agencies such as BC Transit and BC Ferries. Additional multi-modal infrastructure investments and a concerted effort to direct growth to designated centers and corridors will be important for realizing our goals.