The Provincial Transit Plan


Premier Gordon Campbell and Minister Kevin Falcon announced the Provincial Transit Plan in Vancouver on January 14, 2008—a new strategy to double transit ridership by increasing travel choice for people around the province, with new fleets, green technology, new rapid transit lines and new innovative services like RapidBus BC. The vision is to be a global leader in providing safe, comfortable, reliable services that will highlight green technologies and will reshape our communities by encouraging integration of work, home and recreational activities. As more and more British Columbians live and work near transit, urban form will shift, which will lead to lower energy use, increasing energy efficiency, and a lighter environmental footprint. The plan will reduce provincial transportation greenhouse gas emissions by 4.7 million tonnes cumulatively by 2020.

This $14 billion plan calls for:

  • $10.3 billion investment in four new rapid transit lines in Metro Vancouver—the Evergreen Line, the UBC Line, the upgraded Expo Line and the Canada Line (for which $2 billion was previously committed)
  • $1.2 billion for a new, cutting edge energy efficient, high capacity RapidBus BC service along nine major routes in the high growth urban centres of Kelowna, Victoria and Metro Vancouver
  • $1.6 billion investment in 1,500 new, clean energy buses and related maintenance infrastructure to provide communities around the province with improved bus service
  • increased security measures to enhance transit safety and use

Through the plan, the Province and its funding partners—TransLink, the federal government and local governments—can deliver more and better transit for communities around the province and, ultimately, a cleaner, healthier, more energy efficient environment for all British Columbians.

The Provincial Transit Plan

News Release - 42 KB PDF

Backgrounder - 37 KB PDF

The Provincial Transit Plan Brochure
- 4 MB PDF Low resolution for onscreen viewing

The Provincial Transit Plan Brochure
- 29 MB PDF High resolution for print