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Planning and Development


Under the direction of Richmond City Council, the overall mandate of the Transportation Department is to provide the most efficient, effective and safe service to enhance the mobility of people and goods in Richmond.

Our community making sustainable transportation choices.

To provide a safe and effective travel environment for a liveable community.

What We Do
The Transportation Department is primarily responsible for establishing the planning and design policies that help shape the transportation system of the City. These policies include the planning and functional design of the City's transportation infrastructure of roads, bicycle lanes, sidewalks, crosswalks, and transit amenities, as well as traffic operation controls such as traffic signals and signage, on-street parking, traffic calming measures, and development access.

The Transportation Department has three major sections:

Transportation Planning
Responsible for developing plans that best serve the public's current and future travel needs, establishing the priority, scope, and functional design of transportation improvements, reviewing the transportation requirements of new developments, and working with external agencies on local and regional transportation improvements such as transit services, major highways, bridge crossings, and policy/funding/governance issues.

Traffic Operations
Responsible for the design and maintenance of traffic and parking signs, pavement marking, pedestrian crosswalks, school frontages for drop-off/pick-up, issuance of special vehicle and event permits, analysis of traffic accident data, special traffic and parking control, and handling of public complaints on traffic and parking related matters.

Traffic Signals
Responsible for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of the City's traffic signal system including new installations at intersections and railway crossings, signal timing, detector loops, communications network, fire department pre-emption, automated traffic volume counting, and centralized control of all traffic signals under the City's jurisdiction.

Contacts: Transportation

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