Downtown’s future at risk if no investments made
Yesterday, the Mayors’ Council released a 30-Year Transportation Strategy for Metro Vancouver. The DVBIA supports the long overdue projects proposed in the plan. Because maintaining and growing downtown Vancouver as the economic hub for the region depends on making major investments that expand the public transit network, reduce congestion and plan for future growth.
The proposed strategy lines up with the DVBIA’s five-year strategic plan that focuses on supporting the City’s 2040 Transportation plan, encouraging all modes of transportation into and around the core, and increasing walking and public transit use.
Of most benefit to downtown in the proposed plan are: upgrades/expansion to all SkyTrain and Canada Line lines; more SeaBus service; more frequent, reliable bus service including B-line bus service; more night bus service; more WestCoast Express service; and investments in the major road network that will improve/facilitate goods movement.