The provincial government announced this week it has launched a new “broad transportation and development” study for the Fraser Valley.
It will analyze traffic congestion and travel demand and evaluate options for new public transit and transportation infrastructure.
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“We know that more and more people are choosing the Fraser Valley to live, work and raise their children,” said Claire Trevena, BC Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, in a statement.
“Traffic congestion in the Fraser Valley continues to be a problem for people. We need to develop transportation networks and invest in solutions that support the successful growth of the Fraser Valley for the people who live and work there, now and in the future.”
This study was first announced in February’s BC Budget, with the provincial government at the time specifically highlighting the possibility of a commuter rail between Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, and an integrated land use and transportation analysis that could open up new more affordable housing options.
Considerations will also be given to worker mobility, shorter commutes, and supporting trade.
Approximately 60% of the province’s population — roughly three million people — reside in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.
The work on this study is being performed in parallel to TransLink’s Transport 2050 plan, as well as the efforts of BC Transit and local governments.
“One of the most significant challenges facing the City of Abbotsford and for the Fraser Valley region continues to be transportation. We know that effective and efficient transportation systems generate employment and economic development, as well as job creation for local communities,” said Henry Braun, mayor of the City of Abbotsford, who previously suggested a new multibillion-dollar rail transit service.
“This study will provide useful information as the growth of our economy relies on a safe, reliable and efficient multi-modal transportation network; especially as communities look to expand markets for our key local sectors, such as manufactured goods, agri-foods and aerospace.”