Port Mann/Highway 1 Improvement Project

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The PMH1 Project is designed to help manage planned growth throughout the region and provide drivers with more transportation choices, including HOV options.

These expanded  transportation choices include new transit services, extended  High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV)  lanes and dedicated on- and off-ramps, as well as new cycling paths with improved connections over Highway 1. Together, these measures help to reduce traffic growth in the long term.

HOV Lane Expansion and Improvements

  • New, dedicated HOV on-ramps and off-ramps at the Grandview Highway Interchange
  • New, dedicated Transit/HOV on-ramps and off-ramps at the 156 Street Interchange
  • New, dedicated Transit/HOV on-ramps and off-ramps at the 202 Street Interchange
  • Dedicated HOV Lanes from Grandview Highway to 202 Street in Langley.

These dedicated ramps provide HOV travelers with quick and convenient access to Highway 1, particularly during peak commuter travel periods and the extended lanes provide HOV access from Vancouver to Langley. The extension of the HOV lanes is made possible through the addition of one additional lane east and westbound between the Port Mann Bridge and Grandview Highway, for a total of four lanes in each direction, including one HOV lane, and the addition of two lanes east and westbound east of the Port Mann Bridge to 202 Street, for a total of four lanes in each direction, including one HOV lane.

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Temporary HOV Schedule Changes

Temporary changes have been made to the HOV-lane regulations. 

As part of improving traffic flow and reducing delays related to construction, HOV lanes west of the Port Mann Bridge (both east and westbound) will be available for vehicles travelling with two or more occupants between the hours of 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday.  Outside of these hours, single occupancy vehicles will be allowed to use the HOV lane.

This HOV schedule adjustment is in place to minimize delays during nighttime lane closures, which are required for the widening of Highway 1 and rebuilding of several overpass and interchange structures.

HOV lanes east of the Port Mann Bridge are on a full 24-hour schedule extending to 202 Street in Langley.

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Carpooling

Carpooling is a great way to take advantage of dedicated HOV lanes and access ramps, save on transportation costs and help to reduce traffic congestion in the region. The PMH1 Project includes a number of improvements to promote carpooling, including expansions to HOV lanes and Highway 1 access and the new Carvolth Transit Exchange in Langley. Registered carpools also benefit from a 25 per cent discount on bridge tolls during peak commuter traffic periods.

Carvolth Transit Exchange

The Carvolth Transit Exchange connects directly to Highway 1 HOV Lanes through bus only or bus/HOV only ramps. It is a partnership between the Province of British Columbia, the Government of Canada (through the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund) and TransLink. Together, these funding partners are supporting improved transit and transportation for local communities, transit users and the travelling public.

The Carvolth Transit Exchange in Langley includes:

  • A Park & Ride facility with over 670 parking spaces located to the south of Highway 1 at 202 Street;
  • HOV/transit‐only on- and off-ramps to and from Highway 1, connecting to the Transit Exchange and 86 Avenue via 202 Street;
  • An HOV/transit‐only connection from 88 Avenue to Highway 1 and the Transit Exchange.

In future it will include a new pedestrian and cyclist trail connected to the Langley trail system.

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Carpooling Opportunities

Travelers interested in finding carpool opportunities may find assistance using the Jack Bell Ride-Share program. Jack Bell Ride-Share is operated by The Jack Bell Foundation which is a registered charitable BC Society funded by TransLink and BC Transit to operate Canada's only large-scale public vanpooling service and provide BC "exclusive" online ridematching. For more information, visit the Jack Bell Ride-Share site for BC.

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