In 1997, the University of British Columbia created its Official Community Plan to comprehensively guide development on campus. The OCP was created in line with the Greater Vancouver region’s Livable Region Strategic Plan. The LRSP provided direction on land use and sustainability objectives for the Metro Vancouver region. As the second largest destination in the region, and as a leader in sustainability action and education, UBC is committed to managing transportation demand and provide compelling alternatives to driving alone. The OCP established bold and broad transportation goals, such as reducing vehicle trips to and from campus by 20% from 1997 levels.
In order to help the University meet this challenge, Transportation Planning was created. From 1997 to 1999, key stakeholders on and off campus contributed to the creation of the Strategic Transportation Plan. Adopted in 1999, and renewed in 2005, the STP provides detailed targets and policy directions for Transportation Planning.
In order to fulfill the targets set by the STP, Transportation Planning has aggressively pursued a variety of transportation demand management (TDM) measures. We were instrumental in initiating a class time shift to spread the peak demand for public transit services, we have invested in cycling infrastructure, and engage our community through programming designed to support sustainable transportation options. This work has led us to exceed many of the targets set out by the 2005 STP. Success has come from strategic partnerships, the creation and maintenance of the U-Pass program, and the dedication of students, faculty, and staff using more sustainable transportation modes.
UBC is replacing its 2005 Strategic Transportation Plan with a new Transportation Plan, which will bring together existing policies and objectives that reside in a variety of other planning documents into one comprehensive plan. The Transportation Plan will also address any gaps in existing plans related to movement, circulation, servicing, and access and will include a focus on on-campus circulation.