histler Mayor and Council endorsed the new Whistler Transportation Action Plan this week, setting the course for transportation in Whistler from now until 2028.
Developed by the Transportation Advisory Group (TAG), the plan is based on over two and a half years of transportation studies, monitoring, community input from five community forums, various online surveys, as well as lessons learned from the implementation of the short-term and medium-term transportation actions in 2017 and 2018.
It outlines 105 recommended actions to continue moving the community toward the vision of an efficient and affordable transportation system that moves people and products to, from and around Whistler, while delivering a high quality experience and minimizing impacts on natural areas.
“A huge thank you to the Transportation Advisory Group as well as all the members of the community who shared their ideas and contributed to the development of the Whistler Transportation Action Plan,” said Whistler Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden.
“The creation of this plan has truly been a community effort. Through the work of the Transportation Advisory Group, we are already seeing improvements within our transportation system, including on the highway and in our parking lots, and this plan helps ensure our transportation continues to meet our community’s changing needs over the next ten years.”
The Whistler Transportation Action Plan builds on the short-term actions completed in 2017, and is informed by the medium-term actions being implemented in 2018 and 2019. It also aligns with the transportation goals, objectives and policies in Whistler’s draft updated Official Community Plan (OCP).
The plan’s goals are:
- Provide a quality travel experience for all visitors, employees and residents, and promote a culture of safety and accessibility for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
- Integrate the transportation system with land use planning to minimize the need for travel by motor vehicle.
- Minimize greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions created by the transportation system.
- Support the increased use of transit and preferred modes for all travel purposes to reduce dependence on private automobiles.
- Ensure the transportation system cost-effectively meets and anticipates the resort community’s future needs and population growth.
- Ensure the resiliency of Whistler’s transportation system by providing viable alternative road, railway, water and air transport routes to, from and within the resort community.
- Ensure that the transportation system respects Whistler’s natural environment, minimizes climate impacts, and improves the liveability of the resort community.
The plan was presented to the community at an information session on Tuesday, September 18 at Maury Young Arts. Approximately 50 people came to the session. The main questions received concerned neighbourhood parking, highway intersections and transit priority lanes in Whistler
Implementing the Whistler Transportation Action Plan 2018-2028
TAG will continue to meet in 2019 to advance the recommended actions of the Whistler Transportation Action Plan, along with RMOW staff and other partners ensuring the annual package of actions complement each other.
TAG is composed of a group of stakeholders from Whistler Blackcomb, Tourism Whistler, the Whistler Chamber of Commerce, BC Transit, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, the RMOW and four citizens-at-large.
To learn more about TAG’s work and the long-term transportation plan, visit whistler.ca/MovingWhistler.