When I was reviewing the Latimer Neighbourhood Land-Use Plan, I came across at section of the plan that talked about the future of 200th Street.
Today 200th Street is a speed way. It is up to eight lanes wide in some areas. 200th Street is the backbone for North/South connectivity in urban Langley.
Langley Township has the lowest transit mode share of any community in Metro Vancouver at about 2%.
While most people see 200th Street as a major highway, the long-term goal for the corridor will be to transform it into a multi-modal corridor. In the future, 200th Street will actually have more space dedicated for walking, cycling, and transit, then for driving.
|Potential Cross-Section of Ultimate 200 Street Corridor from Latimer Neighbourhood Land-Use Plan. Select Image to Enlarge.|
The long—term vision will see 200th Street transform into a boulevard with frequent transit service running down the centre. With high-quality transit service along 200th Street, transit mode share is predicted to increase to 8%, a four-fold increase over transit mode share today. With rapid transit, that number will be even higher.
While frequent transit service isn’t provided along the 200th Street corridor today, the Township of Langley, through the Latimer and Carvolth Neighbourhood Land-Use Plans, is supporting high transit usage for when service is provided.
If people vote “Yes” to the Mayors’ Council transit plan, the long-term vision for 200th Street will be much closer to becoming a reality.