Prior to the pandemic, the campus was undergoing significant growth to meet the needs of the university and while many of us are staying home now, the academic needs on campus continue to grow, which will mean future pressures on the transportation system including parking, streets and transit service.
Even though our travel behaviours have changed since the pandemic began, we will once again return to campus. We recognize that the time for action is now. Work on the UBC Okanagan Transportation Plan began in April 2020 and includes a 5-phase process, of which we are currently in Phase 4 (see Timeline and Next Steps). Over the next 10 months, Campus Planning will finalize a draft Plan for review by the campus community and regional stakeholders as part of our second Consultation in the fall of 2021. The final Plan will include transportation targets, strategies and actionable next steps that will position UBC Okanagan for immediate progress and long-term success.
The Transportation Plan will be a key lever in implementing the Campus Plan, which sets out a vision for a vibrant, connected, walkable and sustainable campus. It will also support the implementation of Outlook 2040, that envisions the potential for campus to double in size by 2040 with a cumulative population of students, faculty and staff between 17,500 – 20,000, and possibly 1 million additional square feet of building space. Additionally, the new Transportation Plan is part of the road map for reducing UBC’s greenhouse gas emissions and a crucial part of addressing UBC’s Climate Emergency Declaration.
The Transportation Plan will also support UBC’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) 2030, by addressing commuting emissions through transportation targets and supportive policies and actions. Strong interest and support from the campus community for more sustainable transportation options, in particular access to better transit, has already surfaced through other campus planning processes as well, such as the Climate Emergency Engagement process.
The Transportation Plan will also align with broader city and regional transportation planning efforts such as:
Learn more about the planning process, Phase 1 of public consultation (November 2020), and next steps by watching the video below.