British Columbia Ministry of Transportation

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The British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is the British Columbia government ministry responsible for transport infrastructure and law in the Canadian province of British Columbia. It is currently led by Todd Stone.

The ministry is responsible for the planning of transportation networks, providing transportation services and infrastructure, developing and implementing transportation policies, and administering many transportation-related acts and regulations. Its responsibilities include ports, airports, public transit, ferry services, roads and cycling networks. The ministry is also responsible for the the following Crown Corporations: BC Transportation Financing Authority, BC Railway Company, BC Transit, the Transportation Investment Corporation, the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia and the BC Pavilion Corporation.

Ministry Mandate[edit]

The purpose of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is to:

  • Create an integrated and safe transportation network that incorporates all modes of transport, reflects regional priorities, and provides a strong foundation for economic growth; and;
  • Maintain and improve the provincial highway system, ensuring the safe and efficient movement of people and goods provincially, nationally and internationally

History of the Ministry[edit]

The history of the ministry can be traced back to 1854 when three road commissioners were appointed to oversee the expenditure of the first appropriation of 500 pounds.

  • In 1858, the Department of Lands and Works was created under the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works.
  • In 1871, a Constitutional Act set up the Land and Works Department to locate, construct, and maintain highways and bridges.
  • In 1908, a separate Department of Public Works was formed and placed under a Minister of Public Works.
  • In 1954, highways became the responsibility of the Department of Highways and in 1976, the Department of Highways and Public Works.
  • On September 27, 1977, the Ministerial Titles Amendment Act was passed and the department became a ministry.
  • On December 5, 1978, Transportation and Communication were added to the portfolio and the title became the Ministry of Transportation, Communications, and Highways.
  • On November 23, 1979, the Ministry of Transportation and Highways was established.
  • On June 5, 2001, the name of the ministry changed to Ministry of Transportation.
  • On June 23, 2008, the name of the ministry changed to Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

Organization[edit]

The ministry is organized into five different departments:

  • Finance and Management Services Department
    • The Finance and Management Services Department supports the ministry's financial and administrative activities.
  • Highways Department
    • The Highways Department is the delivery arm of the ministry, responsible for planning, building operating and maintaining the ministry’s transportation infrastructure, including providing information on

Drivebc.[1] The department is also home to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement Branch.

    • To deliver its mandate, the Highways Department has several offices in communities throughout the province. The offices are organized by region and then by district:
      • South Coast Region
        • Lower Mainland District
        • Vancouver Island District
      • Southern Interior Region
        • Rocky Mountain District
        • West Kootenay District
        • Okanagan-Shuswap District
        • Thompson Nicola District
        • Cariboo District
      • Northern Region
        • Peace District
        • Fort George District
        • Bulkley-Stikine District
        • Skeena District
  • Infrastructure Department
    • The Infrastructure Department is responsible for the ministry's transportation investment plan and oversees infrastructure grant programs. It also oversees the ministry’s involvement in the Evergreen Line and the marine branch, which looks after the ministry’s responsibilities related to coastal and inland ferries.
  • Partnerships Department
    • The Partnerships Department is responsible for property procurement and management, project governance and corporate initiatives, operations and procurement and the Transit Branch, which looks after the Provincial Transit Plan.
  • Transportation Policy & Programs Department
    • The focus of the Transportation Policy & Programs Department is the province’s surface, air and marine policy, Pacific Gateway Strategy, as well as the Passenger Transportation Branch, which supervises commercial passenger vehicles.

Ministry Inventory[edit]

The ministry looks after a large number of transportation-related assets, including:

  • Border Crossings 53
    • Alberta 24
    • Alaska 1
    • Idaho 2
    • Montana 1
    • Northwest Territories 1
    • Washington 17
    • Yukon Territory 7
  • Changeable Message Signs 52
  • Culverts** 183,962
  • Gravel Reserve 2,744
  • Guardrail*** 16,375
  • Large Culverts (>3 m diameter) 652
  • Large Other Tunnels* (Generally >3 m Width) 83
  • Large Retaining Walls (>2 m height) 1,090
  • Other Tunnels* 300
  • Railway Level Crossings 651
  • Rest Areas 174
  • Retaining Walls** 556
  • Road Tunnels (>3 m width) 69
  • Sign Structures 217
  • Signs** 247,493
  • Snowsheds 4
  • Total Road Kilometres 47,647
  • Traffic Signals 694

Of Note: *Includes: pedestrian/cattle/animal tunnels** Inventory currently being updated*** Count of Guardrail locations

Ferries[edit]

The Ministry of Transportation is responsible for the provision of inland ferry services on the province's rivers and lakes, although it generally contracts the operation of these services to private sector companies. The ferries provided by the ministry include:[2]

Coastal ferry services are not the direct responsibility of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. Instead they are provided by BC Ferries.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Purpose of the Ministry of Transportation". Province of British Columbia. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  2. ^ "Inland Ferry Schedules". Province of British Columbia. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 

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