Transportation, Mobility and Connectivity

Why is this important?

Our citizens are concerned that traffic is increasing faster everywhere – on freeways, major streets and in neighborhoods – faster than we provide connections and capacity.  As a result congestion and pollution are worse. Specifically, they would like a more complete and balanced transportation system, better more attractive bicycle and pedestrian connections between residential neighborhoods and shopping districts or employment centers, and better transit connections with more frequent service.  According to multiple surveys, over 65% would like light rail service in Vancouver.

Our Pledge

We will develop a safe and balanced transportation system and encourage better transit service throughout the region, including high capacity transit connections to the Portland metropolitan area.

Strategic Directions 

  • Provide a variety of safe and attractive travel options for residents, including sidewalks and trails, bicycle routes, streets and transit.
  • Complete the missing links in our pedestrian, bicycle, trail, and street systems, connecting neighborhoods to work, shopping and recreational facilities.
  • Recognize that congestion in community centers is a sign that people want to be there and do not compromise the vitality of the area to reduce congestion.
  • Work with C-Tran to improve transit service throughout the city.
  • Work with the I-5 Columbia River Crossing team to ensure that the new bridge includes high capacity transit connections, as well as bicycle and pedestrian components, and fits into the landscape of downtown Vancouver.
  • Anticipate and plan for transportation systems which will meet the needs of future generations.

Key Indicators

  • Travel Time by Car: Peak hour commuter travel time on two major corridors (combined - MPH)
  • Seriousness of Congestion: Percent of residents who rate traffic congestion as a “top three” community challenge
  • Street Condition: Percent of lane miles in “satisfactory” or better condition using PAVR evaluation system
  • Street Safety: Number of reported injury accidents (vehicle, pedestrian, bicyclist) on all city streets for the year
  • Driving Feels Safe: Percent of residents who feel safe while driving their cars in Vancouver
  • Traffic Accident Rates: Crash rate for ten intersections with the highest number of accidents (crashes per 1,000 vehicle trips)
  • Connectivity through Paths & Walkways: Total miles of bike, walking and hiking trails in Vancouver as of December 31st
  • Mass Transit Use: Annual bus ridership (C-Tran) in millions of rides