Keynote Address – SHAPING THE FUTURE OF OUR REGION
Transit and transportation are vital for a strong economy.They are critical to the livability and affordability of Metro Vancouver. As our economy continues to grow, we will need to accommodate another one million people and a half-million new jobs over the next 30 years. Every resident will need to move in, out and within our region efficiently, affordably and sustainably.
To meet these demands, TransLink is focused on growing its ridership, providing more and better options for residents of Metro Vancouver. 2017 was a record-breaking year for ridership, with more than 400 million boardings and the largest bus service expansion in its history. TransLink is delivering for today and planning for the future. Two major projects – the Millennium Line Broadway Extension and Surrey Light Rail Transit (LRT) – are continuing to move forward with work focusing on consultation, pre-construction and design.
In addition, later this year, TransLink will embark on an update to the Regional Transportation Strategy. It will guide TransLink’s decisions over the next 30 years and will act as the region’s roadmap of policies, actions, and investments for transportation. Long-term integrated regional transportation planning is necessary to address all sector needs – from agriculture to manufacturing and construction. Transportation is the backbone of the economy, and when our transit system, airports, rail networks, ports, roads and bridges don’t work together seamlessly, it suffers.
Metro Vancouver needs a fulsome, integrated plan to welcome the more than one million new residents who are expected over the next few decades. Who holds the pen on the plan? Who needs to come to the table? TransLink is working hand-in-hand with mayors and municipalities, but what else should be done? Where do new technologies such as autonomous vehicles and trends such as ride-hailing fit in?
On Monday, March 26, TransLink’s CEO Kevin Desmond will provide an update to members and guests of the BC Construction Roundtable on the major investments in Metro Vancouver’s transit and transportation network, and will detail the organization’s future and how it is taking action to meet the needs of the region’s growing economy and population.
Monday, March 26, 2018, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Terminal City Club, 837 West Hastings St, Vancouver
Members – $70
Non-Members – $95
This event is generously sponsored by: