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Green Infrastructure: Making the Connections

If you want greener transportation, you also need green infrastructure – and we've got a host of things on the go that are building a foundation for green transport.

High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes: One is the Loneliest Number

High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes make driving more efficient by incentivizing drivers to carry more than one person in a vehicle. HOV lanes are now in place on several provincial highways and urban corridors in the Lower Mainland and Kelowna, helping to move more people in fewer vehicles, reducing congestion and helping us all breathe fewer emissions.

Read more about the newest HOV lanes in Kelowna.

Read more about the dedicated bus lanes along Highway 99.

Greening the Border Makes Us Good Neighbours

The Province of B.C. and State of Washington are Greening the Border by reducing emissions at border crossings through better traffic management and traveler information. Under this program, average vehicle idling time on the B.C. side of the border can be reduced by about 20 minutes, resulting in a reduction of about 639 tonnes of GHG emissions per year.

By using the Advanced Traveler Information System (ATIS) and NEXUS lane, motorists can now make more informed decisions about when to travel, which border-crossing to use to ensure they can move through the border more efficiently.

Read the news release.

Pacific Coast Collaborative: Building the Future with an Alternate Fuel Highway and High-Speed Rail

British Columbia is a member of the Pacific Coast Collaborative with California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. Along with our Pacific Coast partners, the Province is committed to exploring how best to provide alternate fuel infrastructure (such as electric charge points and natural gas and hydrogen fuelling stations) along the Interstate 5/Highway 99 corridor as well as high-speed rail from San Diego to Vancouver. 

Building Greener Roads

We're working with B.C. road construction industry to reduce emissions from road construction, paving, maintenance and supply. This includes greening road construction and maintenance procedures as well as the on- and off-road vehicles that are used. Pilot projects include using warm mix asphalt, tarping aggregate to reduce its moisture content, and reducing idling. Other work includes using electricity at gravel pits and developing best practices to reduce emissions from road building.

Read the news release.

LEDs Light Up Lions Gate for Less

In 2009, a cost-sharing project by the ministry and BC Hydro had crews replace the lighting on the Lion's Gate Bridge with LED lights, cutting power consumption by 90 per cent and drastically reducing the time needed each year to replace burned-out bulbs. The new LED bulbs last longer than conventional bulbs, saving more than $30,000 per year in energy and maintenance costs.

Read the news release.

Tolls Down, Emissions Drop: Removing the Coquihalla Tolls

In September 2008 the Coquihalla Highway toll was removed, saving motorists money ($57 million per year) and resulting in more than three million motorists annually no longer needing to slow down, pay the toll, and re-accelerate back to their previous cruising speed. Dropping the toll has dropped an estimated 1,700 tonnes of GHG emissions per year (based on 2007/08 traffic counts). That's the equivalent of taking 550 passenger cars off BC roads each year.

Read the news release.

Solar Highways

Did you know that solar panels can power highway infrastructure where access to the electricity grid is not an option? For example, we're using solar power at rest stops along the Trans Canada Highway and for highway cameras in remote locations to provide images for the Drive BC highway website. We have also installed solar-powered signage and lighting at the B.C./Yukon border.

Read the news release.