The future of goods movement: the only thing certain is the uncertainty

Planning for Metro Vancouver’s future people moving needs is complicated, but possible. Planners know generally how much the population will grow and the Regional Growth Strategy sets out where they are likely to work and live.

But what about moving goods, particularly through Metro Vancouver’s crucial network of ports? What do we need to plan for in that department?

A new Translink technical study called Moving Goods explores this question as part of the research under way for the new Regional Transportation Strategy. Will jobs move from Asia to Latin America? What about the impact of fuel costs? Is this the Asian century? Where will jobs be located/

All good questions — and the answers are uncertain.