Funding announced for two Metro Vancouver transit projects in Canada

5 Sep 2018 NORTH AMERICA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

The government of Canada and the government of British Columbia announced more than CAD3bn ($2.27bn) in federal and provincial funding for two rapid transit projects in Metro Vancouver of British Columbia, Canada.

The two projects include: the Broadway Subway project and the Surrey-Newton-Guildford Light Rail Transit project.

The Broadway Subway project will add 5.7km and six stations to the line, bringing frequent and reliable SkyTrain access to one of the most congested transit corridors in Metro Vancouver.

The Surrey-Newton-Guildford Light Rail Transit project (LRT) will create the first light-rail transit system in British Columbia. The LRT, with 11 new stations along 10.5km of street-level track, will provide transit services in underserved areas.

The projects are expected to create middle-class jobs during construction. Upon completion, they will meet current and future transportation needs, reduce traffic congestion and air pollution.

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau said: “Bringing light rail to Surrey will transform the city, connect communities and make getting around the Lower Mainland faster and easier.

“The Broadway Subway will also go a long way in reducing commute times and transit overcrowding, and making Vancouver’s SkyTrain even more convenient and accessible. Our government will continue to listen to communities, and make historic investments in the infrastructure they need, today and tomorrow.”

British Columbia premier John Horgan said:"Rapid transit is key to helping people get where they need to go quickly, so we can meet the needs of a growing region. Cutting traffic and getting people and goods moving faster will unlock economic growth, while making our communities more affordable, accessible and clean.”

The Canadian government will provide CAD1.37bn to the two projects, the government of British Columbia will contribute CAD1.82bn, and Translink, the City of Vancouver, and the City of Surrey will provide $1.23bn.

The Government of Canada, through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, will invest more than CAD180bn over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and rural and northern communities in Canada.

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Image: Funding approved for two Metro Vancouver rapid transit projects. Photo: courtesy of the Government of British Columbia/flickr.com.

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