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.
At the core of the plan is the identification of a Regional Multi-Modal Transportation Network that will connect mobility centres and give travellers 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
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.