Master Transportation Plan
Help Shape Future Transportation Improvements
How do you get around, and what kind of transportation improvements would you like to see in Port Coquitlam? Provide your input from Mar. 15 to Apr. 19, 2021 to help update the City’s Master Transportation Plan (MTP).
In 2020, Port Coquitlam began the two-year process of updating the 2013 MTP. The practical new plan will guide improvements and funding of the City’s road, transit and active transportation networks in the years to come in a way that is cost-effective, technically sound and supported by the community..
The MTP’s goal is to provide a connected transportation network that gives people safe and direct options to get to key destination points, using their preferred mode of transportation.
Have Your Say by Apr. 19, 2021 for a Chance to Win!
Residents, businesses and other stakeholders are encouraged to complete the online survey through Port Coquitlam’s Let’s Talk PoCo online engagement tool by Apr. 19.
Those who complete the survey in full will be entered to win a $100 gift card to a Port Coquitlam business of their choice.
The survey should take 10 to 12 minutes to complete, and will help ensure the City delivers a plan with projects and improvements that matter most to the community.
There will be further opportunities to provide feedback as the plan is developed over the next year.
Updating the Plan
The updated MTP will:
- Identify and prioritize future transportation projects and tangible outcomes,
- Build on existing transportation plans and programs
- Complement the City’s focus on the provision of core municipal services and rehabilitation of existing infrastructure
- Be based on research, community input, and practical solutions,
- Include an Implementation Plan with specific actions and costs.
The MTP will align with Council’s 2020-2022 priorities to improve customer service, invest in infrastructure, and enhance community safety. It will also build on existing City programs, plans and policies:
Vision, Mission and Focus Areas
The MTP update process is being guided by the following:
MTP Vision: Port Coquitlam’s transportation system is a connected network offering a range of travel options to safely move people and goods while supporting the well-being of residents, businesses and the environment.
MTP Mission: The Master Transportation Plan is a roadmap for identifying, prioritizing and implementing practical, cost effective improvements to achieve the Vision for Port Coquitlam’s transportation system.
The survey questions propose goals and objectives for the MTP based on known information and issues, as well as Council, stakeholder and public input to date.
Focus Areas, Goals and Objectives:
Focus areas represent areas where we have heard improvements are needed most. Goals and objectives will be used to develop a prioritized Implementation Plan with specific actions and costs to achieve the MTP vision.
- Includes accessible forms of walking such as wheelchair, stroller, and mobility aids. Supporting infrastructure includes sidewalks, trails and pathways.
- Goal: Ensure people have safe, direct and comfortable routes to walk or wheel to key destination points in the city.
- Includes human-powered and electric devices such as bicycles, scooters, skateboards, inline skates, etc. Supporting infrastructure includes multi-use paths and trails, bike lanes, and bike parking.
- Goal: Provide safe, comfortable and attractive cycling/rolling facilities that encourage people of all ages and abilities to cycle/roll through the city.
- Goal: Provide a trail network that connects to key destination points and encourages people to get out in the community and enjoy nature.
- Covers regional transit service and infrastructure including bus stops, West Coast Express and SkyTrain stations. Supporting City infrastructure includes transit shelters, benches, and transit priority road elements (bus lanes, signals, queue jumpers).
- Goal: Encourage the use of transit with attractive and accessible stops, and road improvements that support efficient and reliable transit service.
- Includes cars, trucks, and other private motorized vehicles. Supporting infrastructure includes roads and intersections that allow traffic to flow and accommodate volume/growth, and allow trucks to move goods to and through Port Coquitlam.
- Goal: Ensure roads, corridors and intersections are constructed to support traffic, new development and population growth so that people and goods can flow through the city.
Urban Street Design
- Goal: Design selected streets in the City’s more urban, commercial areas as attractive ‘people places’ that support:
- local businesses (e.g. by attracting more people to the street to shop)
- walking/wheeling/rolling (e.g. sidewalk, bike lane, multi-use paths)
- a healthy environment (e.g. street trees, vegetation, stormwater treatment)
- places to gather (e.g. sidewalk cafes, benches, plazas)
- less congestion, speed and noise (e.g. traffic calming such as speed bumps)
- Goal: Support a healthy environment and livable community through the use of technology and services that reduce traffic congestion, pollution, and/or dependence on vehicle ownership.
Progress to Date
Work began in 2020 and has included:
- Developing a terms of reference and evaluation criteria,
- Securing a consultant to support the process,
- Reviewing documents, programs, policies, regional objectives, past surveys and community input, and
- Identifying existing conditions, key issues and opportunities, strategic goals and objectives.
Plan development and community consultation will take place over the course of 2021, with public and stakeholder engagement beginning in the first quarter.
- Phase 1 – Identify Existing Conditions, Issues, Opportunities and Goals: Q4 2020 to Q1 2021
- Phase 2 – Preliminary Strategies and Solutions: Q2 2021 to Q4 2021
- Phase 3 – Development of Draft Plan: Q4 2021 to Q2 2022
- Phase 4 – MTP Finalization: Q2 – Q4 2022
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.