Convenient and attractive public transit is critical to creating a vibrant and sustainable community. Public transit can offer competitive travel times compared to other modes of travel, move more people, and reduce impacts on the environment and congestion on the roads. – Master Transportation Plan
New Westminster is one of the heaviest users of transit in the region. Convenient access to five SkyTrain stations, over twenty bus routes and a number of Frequent Transit Networks—linking the city to other parts of the region—has resulted in high transit mode share (31.4%) in the dense, walkable neighbourhoods such as Downtown, Sapperton, and Uptown areas. New Westminster is increasingly becoming an accessible, environmentally-friendly and connected community. More transit use benefits economic efficiency, public safety, and community connectivity, and helps to reduce pollution and traffic congestion.
Transit is part of New Westminster’s multi-modal transportation system and the City advocates for the development and operation of transit services to compliment land-use patterns and community aspirations. To best meet the needs of the community, the City works closely with TransLink on matters influencing current and future services.
New Westminster Transit Priorities (May 2018) [PDF]
In May 2018, a reference document was created summarizing transit priorities for New Westminster to ensure the city could provide feedback through TransLink's and Mayors' Council processes, identify opportunities for cost-sharing funding programs and partnerships with senior levels of government.
The projects highlighted in the document, were drawn from directions in the Master Transportation Plan and updated with feedback from the public through recent consultation processes including the Official Community Plan and neighbourhood transportation planning programs. The selected projects represents the top priorities for transit-related initiatives that require partnerships, advocacy, or additional coordination to fully achieve.
NOTE: The document is intended for reference purposes to provide a high-level summary of top priority projects. It does not represent the full list of transit-related projects and issues that the City is working on, or depict all the known issues and opportunities for each identified project.
The Transit Priorities reference document will be a "living document", that will be updated periodically as projects are completed, opportunities arise, or as priorities shift.
Transit Services & ResourcesThe delivery of transit services in New Westminster is planned and funded by TransLink and operated by various companies.
For more information on the transit services and resources visit the links below.
Find transit routes and schedules, plan your trip or learn about rider fares.
Frequent Transit Network (FTN)
Corridors where transit service runs every 15 minutes in both directions throughout the day and into the night, every day of the week.
Find tips and tools to help you get the most out of using transit.
10-Year Vision for Metro Vancouver Transportation
The 10-Year Vision was developed by the Mayors' Council in 2014 and identifies transit and transportation improvements that are priorities for keeping the region moving. The TransLink Board and Mayors' Council approved the Phase One Plan of the 10-Year Vision in 2016. Consultation for the Phase Two Plan is underway with anticipated roll out of the new projects in 2018.
The Master Transportation Plan (2015) includes policies and identifies actions to create attractive and convenient transit, address barriers to existing services and facilities, improve access and comfort of people using transit, and plan for anticipated population growth throughout the city.
Addressing Barriers to Transit and Improving Comfort for Users
The City continues to improve access to transit and increase comfort for those using the services including:
- working with partners to provide bus shelters and seating at transit stops
- ensuring all possible transit stops have accessible landing pads
- improving accessibility to transit stops by completing gaps in the sidewalk network