Transportation

IMG_4174The city will be updating it’s Transportation Plan in the next couple of years.  The best plan will consider not only  vehicular traffic, but should also provide excellent options for transit, and safe cycling and pedestrian connections.

Regional Transportation Planning

Because most commuter traffic through Port Moody comes from outside of Port Moody, local traffic issues need to be solved at a regional level.  As the city appointee to the Tri-Cities Regional Transportation Committee, I support working with neighbouring municipalities to plan traffic flows regionally.  We need to:

  • Determine current traffic flows for major commuter corridors in the region (and point of origin)
  • Ensure that traffic is efficiently accessing new transportation infrastructure (ie. upgraded highway 1 & Evergreen Line)
  • Ensure that areas of population growth (ie. Burke Mountain will grow by 30000) will have adequate transportation infrastructure in place.
  • Ensure that 10 year North East Sector Transit Plan meets the needs of commuters.

Parking Plan

I introduced a Parking In-Lieu-of policy into the Official Community Plan:

  • Alternatives to parking provision will be explored including the possibility of a cash- in-lieu parking program to support local pedestrian and cycling related improvements and potential centralized parking facilities.

This policy, once enacted, would allow developers to reduce parking requirements for developments close to skytrain stations and share the cost savings with the city (up to $25K per parking stall).  These funds could then be utilized to build a central public parking structure that could serve the Moody Centre Skytrain as well as Moody Centre business patrons and visitors to Rocky Point Park.

Safe Pedestrian Connections: Moody Street

I pushed to lobby the provincial government for funding the pedestrian and cycling extension to the Moody Street overpass.  I visited businesses along Murray Street and received many signatures of support for such an initiative. The project subsequently received provincial funding and was completed in 2014.

Safe Pedestrian Connections: St. John’s Street to Moody Middle School

With Moody Middle and Moody Elementary potentially co-locating there will be a large number children that will need to cross busy St. John’s Street to access the school.  I introduced the following policy into the Official Community Plan to ensure the safety of school children crossing St. John’s.

  • A pedestrian overpass crossing of St. Johns Street, in the vicinity of Moody Middle School, is a desirable amenity to be pursued as part of any new development along the north side of St. Johns Street, east of Moody Street.

Safe Cycling Connections: North Side of Clarke Street

A cycling and pedestrian path along the North side of Clarke street in Moody Centre would provide a continuous and safe route for cyclists as they would avoid needing to cross any streets.  It could also become part of the Trans-Canada trail system and a tourist draw.  The following policy was added to the OCP:

  • The City will continue to pursue opportunities for a pedestrian and bicycle link in proximity to Queen’s Street to ensure the continuity of the Trans-Canada Trail and connect the Shoreline Trail with Moody Centre. 

 

Testimonial

“We have been impressed with Councillor Glumac’s principle-driven leadership on the regional zero waste file. When learning about important issues that will have long-terms impacts on residents and businesses across the region, Rick’s approach is truly inclusive and consultative of all stakeholders. His integrity and thorough knowledge guide his contributions to discussions on decisions that deserve consideration from all aspects of sustainability. We have appreciated his professionalism and commitment to meaningful progress toward zero waste.”

- Russ Black, Vice President, Belkorp