Moving People: Getting There Greener
We’re working harder than ever to provide you greener choices to get around. Our investments in public transit and cycling create options that make it easier for you to leave your car at home. And, through our support for the use of alternative fuelled vehicles, B.C. will continue to lead in clean transportation.
Public Transit: More Convenient and Accessible
A Transit Plan FOR BRITISH COLUMBIAns
Our Transit Plan is key to our climate action efforts. It will help us reach our GHG goals by:
- doubling transit ridership
- reducing the use of cars and
- creating the transportation infrastructure that supports healthier communities
By 2020, we expect this plan to reduce B.C.’s transportation GHG emissions by 4.7 million tonnes cumulatively – equal to parking all the cars and light trucks in Metro Vancouver for a full year.
Other highlights of the $14-billion transit plan include:
- $10.3 billion for four rapid transit lines in Metro Vancouver—the Evergreen Line, the UBC Line, an upgraded and expanded Expo Line and the Canada Line (which is now running and exceeding expectations)
- $1.2 billion for new, cutting-edge, energy efficient, high capacity RapidBus BC service along nine major routes in the urban centres of Kelowna, Victoria and Metro Vancouver
- $1.6 billion for 1,600 new, clean energy buses and infrastructure to provide better, greener bus service around the province
- Increased security measures to make public transit a safer, more rider-friendly choice
Read more about the Canada Line.
Read more about the Kelowna Rapid Bus Expansion.
Learn more about BC Transit's or Translink's transit plans in your community.
Taking Transit Saves You Gas and Cash
U-Pass BC and Employer Discounted Bus Passes
B.C. is the first in Canada to offer an affordable, universal U-Pass BC transit program to students at all publicly funded post-secondary institutions. U-Pass BC makes transit more affordable for post-secondary students, encourages them to make transit their first choice, and leads to less traffic congestion and fewer GHGs.
B.C.’s transit agencies also offer programs that provide employees with discounted transit passes, such as BC Transit ProPass and Translink’s Employer Pass.
Cycling: There’s Power in Those Pedals
Bike BC is a program that invests in and builds cycling corridors of regional and provincial importance. Projects include new bike trails and cycling lanes, improvements to existing trails and lanes, as well as bike lockers and other equipment that makes cycling a safer, more convenient option for people on the go.
Alternate Fuels: Fueling the Future
The Clean Energy Vehicle (CEV) Program
Effective December 1st, 2011, the Clean Energy Vehicle Program incentives of up to $5,000 per eligible clean energy vehicle will be available to B.C. residents, businesses, non-profit organisations, and local government organisations. Under the program, rebates of up to $500 per eligible electric vehicle charging station will be available to B.C. residents who own or lease a battery electric or plug in hybrid electric vehicle that is eligible for the Clean Energy Vehicle Program point-of-sale vehicle incentives.
Read more about the CEV Program.
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Buses
Whistler is home to the world's largest hydrogen fuel cell bus fleet. With 20 of these high-efficiency buses, the fleet will reduce GHG emissions by 1,800 tonnes per year – demonstrating B.C.’s cutting-edge hydrogen and fuel cell expertise to the world.
Read more about the buses.
Electric Vehicles: We’re Getting Plugged-in
We’ve been working closely with our partners to ensure B.C. is prepared to support the use of more full-size electric vehicles. A few examples of this work to date include:
- Nearly $400,000 invested to support the conversion and testing of government’s fleet to plug-in electric vehicles (including two vehicles used by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure).
- Vancouver’s building code changes, which require electric vehicle charging capacity in all new single-family homes and 20 per cent of all new condo buildings. This was a first in North America.
A multi-agency effort led by the Province, the City of Vancouver, and BC Hydro helped to bring the Mitsubishi iMiEV, the world’s first production-ready, highway-capable electric car, into the City of Vancouver’s fleet in 2009. Continued efforts will also help B.C. become the first province to receive the all-electric Nissan Leaf, scheduled to arrive in 2011 in advance of global distribution in 2012.
Read more about electric vehicles in B.C.
Read more about the City of Vancouver’s efforts.
Coming to Your Neighbourhood: Zero Emission Vehicles
We were the first in Canada to allow the use of Neighbourhood Zero Emission Vehicles (NZEV). These small electric vehicles give users the ability to travel emission-free and can be used on any road with a posted speed of 40 km/h and on roads with posted speeds up to 50 km/h where approved by the local road authority.
Read more about the pilot project.
Marine Shore Power: A Plug for Cleaner Air
We want cleaner air from the vehicles on our roads and from the vessels on our waterways. In 2009, we invested $3 million to enable cruise ships to plug in at Port Metro Vancouver. Shore power allows ships to turn off their diesel-fueled engines and use cleaner power while docked. Estimates are that the Canada Place shore power project will reduce about 3,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.
Shore power at Canada Place was the first of its kind in Canada and is the result of a $9-million investment on the part of Transport Canada, Western Economic Diversification Canada, B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Port Metro Vancouver, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line and BC Hydro.
Read the Transport Canada news release about the project.
Read the Port Metro Vancouver news release.
B.C.’s Inland Ferry System: A Greener, Cleaner Way to Travel
B.C.’s ferry services over inland waters ensure highway connectivity. And now we’re greening our inland ferry fleet with improvements to vessels and dockside operations.
One example is the Francois Lake Ferry, which has reduced GHG emissions by 25 per cent by realigning its dock, installing shore power, using fuel-monitoring systems, adding high-efficiency indoor and outdoor lighting and anti-idling signage. Improvements like these will guide us as we plan future green upgrades for other inland ferries.
Read the news release.
Keeping BC Idle Free
Let’s be clear: idling is wasteful and unhealthy. That’s why we’ve partnered with the Fraser Basin Council on Idle Free BC to increase awareness about the health, environmental, and economic consequences of idling and provide the necessary support to help spread the word.
We’ve also supported Hub for Action on School Transportation Emissions (HASTE) a program that aims to reduce idling at schools. And, we've put government fleet vehicles and contractors on anti-idling alert as well.
Intelligent Transportation Systems
WAnt to Avoid Traffic Congestion? You Need Drive BC
DriveBC helps motorists plan their journey. By avoiding congested areas, travellers can save time and reduce their emissions. Check DriveBC for up-to-date road conditions, weather, and incident information affecting B.C.’s network of highways.