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CANADA: Vancouver region transport authority TransLink has published the full draft of Transport 2050, a report outlining a 30-year vision for the development of transport in area.

The document contains more than 100 recommendations. These include:

  • quadrupling the rapid transit network by building 300 km of light metro, metro, light rail or bus rapid transit routes;
  • enhancing passenger rail services;
  • protecting future corridors for passenger services, along with capacity for freight;
  • supporting planning for a potential cross-border high speed rail service between British Columbia, Washington and Oregon;
  • moving more containers by rail directly from maritime terminals to inland transload facilities;
  • grade-separating railways within the urban area;
  • measures to reduce noise from rail operations.

‘Our government is committed to a transportation future that keeps people and communities connected through reliable, affordable, low-carbon travel options’, said Bowinn Ma, British Columbia’s Minister of State for Infrastructure, on October 12.

‘This includes investing in public transit, expanding active transportation networks and facilities for people who walk, bike, and roll, and supporting the development of complete communities that allow people to live close to where they work, study, and play. Transport 2050 will provide an important roadmap to guide us toward those objectives.’