TransLink, Metro Vancouver’s regional transportation authority, has announced the Government of Canada has committed approximately $2.2 billion in its 2017-2018 budget for funding the city’s transportation. This is the single largest federal investment in Metro Vancouver transportation in at least 20 years.
TransLink and the TransLink Mayors’ Council will now move forward in negotiations with the provincial government to secure matching funds for Phase Two of the 10-Year Vision for Metro Vancouver Transit and Transportation. Phase Two of the 10-Year Vision includes construction of the Millennium Line Broadway Extension in Vancouver and the Surrey Light Rail Transit. It also increases service on existing SkyTrain lines.
The council is calling on all provincial political parties to work with the council to confirm other funding required to implement the 10-Year Vision.
“The Mayors’ Council appreciates the federal government’s commitment to improving public transit and reducing traffic congestion to keep people moving across our growing region,” said Gregor Robertson, Vancouver mayor and chair of the Mayor's Council. “Metro Mayors are ready to roll-up our sleeves in partnership with the BC government and match this funding with additional dollars to deliver crucial new projects like the Broadway Subway, Surrey rapid transit and the new Pattullo Bridge.”
“TransLink is doing great work in rolling out the first phase of the 10-Year Vision which is adding more bus, SkyTrain and SeaBus service region-wide this year, but these new services are playing catch up from years of under-investment,” stated Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner, vice chair of the Mayors’ Council. “With today’s federal budget, we are closer than ever to putting shovels in the ground for Surrey LRT and the Broadway subway so we can move more people around our growing region on transit. The Mayors’ Council is looking forward to working with the provincial government to match the federal investment and have these projects ready to break ground in 2018.”