Master Transportation Plan
The City of Port Coquitlam adopted a new Master Transportation Plan (MTP) in November 2013 to guide the development of our pedestrian, bicycle, transit and road networks over the next 30 to 40 years.
Replacing the 2000 MTP, the 2013 plan envisions that 25% of all trips in Port Coquitlam will eventually take place by pedestrian, cycling or transit – up from 14% now.
At the heart of the MTP is the belief that growth in population and employment in the coming years will place increasing pressure on both the local and regional transportation systems.
To address these demands, the plan recommends a number of priority projects, some of which would be undertaken in partnership with other transportation service providers, such as the provincial government and TransLink.
The plan will be reviewed and updated every five to 10 years to reflect development trends, external factors and the City’s financial resources.
In 2011, the City began an update of its Master Transportation Plan (MTP), a long-term multi-modal transportation strategy guiding the development of the City’s roadway network, transit services, pedestrian systems and bicycle facilities.
The MTP was adopted in November 2013, replacing the former 2000 MTP. Much had changed in the decade that followed the 2000 MTP, during which the City underwent significant growth and development and was successful in developing a more efficient and sustainable transportation system. Improvements included:
- Coast Meridian Overpass
- Broadway Street Reconstruction Project
- Installation of traffic signals to improve safety at many high-traffic intersections, and development of extensive cycling and pedestrian facilities through the Master Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan.
To prepare for the 2013 Master Transportation Plan, the City studied all modes of the transportation network, including the impact of local and regional improvements such as the Coast Meridian Overpass, Pitt River Bridge, Golden Ears Bridge and the David Avenue Connector.
The City commissioned Urban Systems, the consultants who wrote the 2000 Master Transportation Plan, to assist with the development of the 2013 MTP. Urban Systems reported on the existing transportation network and worked closely with the City and community throughout the process of updating the MTP.
MTP Update Process
The MTP update, which began in 2011, examined stakeholders’ key transportation issues and concerns, defined goals and objectives for the City’s transportation system, identified and evaluated major transportation improvements, and recommended a preferred transportation plan and implementation strategy.
The 2013 MTP reflects community input on key transportation issues and the long-term vision for the transportation system. Public consultation took place throughout the process and included open houses, surveys and written and telephone comments.
The new MTP reflects the community’s key transportation issues and long-term vision for the transportation system. Public consultation for the Master Transportation Plan update has taken place in the three phases outlined below.
Phase 1 – Fall 2011
Phase 2 – 2012:
Phase 3 – Spring-Fall 2013
Community feedback was solicited for the draft final plan from May 10 to June 7 through advertisements (print and bus shelters), news releases, the website, e-Update email newsletters, Twitter and Facebook. The report was posted online and feedback was collected through an open house on May 29 and a survey from May 10 to June 7.
Approximately 190 people signed in or viewed the displays at the open house, and more than 200 people took part in the survey. The feedback showed general support for the report’s strategic direction, and a preference for the 5- to 10-year project priorities for each mode. Suggestions were also made for specific improvements in all modes.
Positive feedback has also been received from TransLink, the School Board Liaison Committee and the Vancouver Board of Trade.
City staff reviewed the public and agency feedback in detail and presented a final MTP to City Council for consideration in November 2013.