Port Coquitlam is a vibrant and ever expanding suburb of Vancouver. The city offers many great living opportunities and is a perfect place to raise a family or begin a professional career. Port Coquitlam offers many unique and innovative methods of transportation to help link neighbourhoods together. Here is a comprehensive list of many of the efficient transit and transportation choices available in the city of Port Coquitlam.
Currently, there is no direct SkyTrain access in the city of Port Coquitlam; however, the Evergreen Line is coming to Port Coquitlam soon. This will link Port Coquitlam with the existing SkyTrain lines for incredible access to most of the Lower Mainland. The Evergreen line is an 11 kilometer line that will run through Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody and is scheduled to be finished by fall 2017.
Transit – Bus
The city has made it a priority to offer safe, efficient and effective transportation for everyone, including those with mobility challenges. Translink, in partnership with the City of Port Coquitlam, is the major bus provider for the region and strives to make this its foremost goal. Translink not only offers busses in and around the city, it also offers transportation to and from metro Vancouver. For more information about fares and bus schedules, please visit www.translink.bc.ca or visit www.translink.bc.ca/maps to download a pocket map of all the major bus routes in the city.
For individuals with cognitive or physical needs who cannot use public transit without assistance, the City of Port Coquitlam in partnership with Translink offers the HandyDART. This service provides door to door transit service. In order to access this service, you need to register. Please contact Translink at 604-933-333 for more information about the registration process.
For those commuting out of Port Coquitlam, a great way to avoid the gridlock on the highways is by using the West Coast Express. This is an inexpensive train service and an excellent feature of Port Coquitlam. The West Coast Express operates Monday – Friday and connects Port Coquitlam to downtown Vancouver terminating at Waterfront. For more information about where to catch the West Coast Express, fares and the schedule, please visit www.translink.bc.ca.
Sustainable Methods of Transportation – Bike Paths
Over the past few years, the City of Port Coquitlam has developed many convenient bike routes to allow cyclists to navigate the city in a timely and safe manner. The bike routes include Alderson Avenue, Rochester Avenue, Westview- Whiting, Guilford Way and Chilko Drive.
For more information about all of the bike routes that are offered in the Port Coquitlam area, please find the regional cycling map available on the Translink website. Remember that all Translink buses and SkyTrains accept bicycles so you can use both cycling and public transportation to plan the most efficient way to commute to and from work or just basic getting around the city.
Port Coquitlam is continually striving to offer viable and sustainable transportation alternatives. That is why they have developed the Strategic Transportation Plan. This plan is a comprehensive overview of the improvements that will take place to all major transportation methods over the next 20 years. Part of this plan is to develop more walking paths to link community centers, schools and other commercial centers with pre-existing paths, cycling routes and public transportation hubs serviced by Translink.
Currently, most of the walking paths and trails in and around Port Coquitlam are for recreation, and although they offer stunning views and beautiful scenery, not many link to other transportation methods or routes, such as bike paths and bike lanes. The city is, however, committed to keeping their sidewalks safe with a focus on improving pedestrian safety in and around their elementary schools. For more information about this and other programs centered on walking in Port Coquitlam, please visit www.portcoquitlam.ca.
The city of Port Coquitlam is always looking for ways to improve its transportation infrastructure. If you feel that something has been missed or needs further improvement, please contact the city or Translink or please feel free to contact me and share your thoughts on transportation and transit in Port Coquitlam.
If you would like any further information or clarification on the transportation networks in and around Port Coquitlam, please contact me without hesitation. I look forward to hearing from you!