Transportation Demand Management


UBC's 2014 Transportation Plan recommends a comprehensive and integrated transportation demand management (TDM) strategy in support of the University’s vision of developing a model sustainable community. The policies are developed and administered by the Campus and Community Planning Department at UBC.

The current UBC Transportation plan lays out long-term strategic transportation goals, objectives and targets to improve sustainable transportation options and reduce vehicle traffic to, from and around the UBC campus. Highlights of the 2014 plan include:

  • By 2040 at least two-thirds of trips to and from UBC will be made by walking, cycling, or transit.
  • Daily transit person trips to and from UBC increased by 298% from 1997-2012.
  • UBC's daytime population grew by 51% between 1997 and 2012, yet daily automobile traffic has been maintained at or less than 1997 levels.

Highlights of the 2005 Strategic Transportation Plan include:

  • Maintain daily automobile traffic at or less than 1997 levels.
  • Implement an on-campus shuttle service.
  • Create an end-of-trip facilities plan for cyclists.
  • Implement a U-Pass program for UBC residents, staff and faculty.

Transportation Planning at UBC

Transportation Planning at UBC is guided by several documents which set out UBC’s principles in planning the academic and non-academic portions of the campus. The following list of plans should be referred to when contemplating development or construction activity at UBC.

Plans with specific transportation requirements that will impact pre-design and design development include;

  • The Vancouver Campus Plan Design Guidelines for academic lands - The VCP provides information on requirements related to pedestrian and cyclist facilities, vehicle parking, service vehicle routes and loading bays, bicycle parking, end-of-trip facilities, and bicycle racks.
  • The Development Handbook for non-academic lands - The Development Handbook provides information on requirements related to vehicle parking, bicycle parking, loading bays, access to sites and Traffic Management Plans.
  • The Neighbourhood Plans contain a detailed land use plan, development controls, design guidelines, and servicing and transportation strategies consistent with UBC’s Land Use Plan.

A traffic management plan is required for all projects as part of the permit process at UBC.

Transportation Status Reports

Since 1997, UBC has worked to reduce car trips and encourage the use of alternative modes of transportation. For this purpose, UBC collects annual data regarding travel patterns to and from UBC Vancouver. A year-to-year comparison of the data provides a measure of UBC's progress in achieving its transportation goals.

View the annual Transportation Status Reports for UBC Vancouver.

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