Today is a historic day as pen was set to paper in a deal that will improve transit in our region!
A $93 million order for 28 new SkyTrain Mark III cars from Bombardier Transportation was made by TransLink and the provincial government.
This is part of the $2 billion Phase One of the 10-year vision that is funded 50 per cent by the federal government, 33 per cent by the province and the rest from our region and TransLink.
The new SkyTrain cars will provide additional service and capacity on the Expo and Millennium Lines increasing the rapid transit fleet to 314 cars.
With these new cars coming into service, more people will be able to rely on public transit, helping to reduce road congestion, greenhouse gases and improve efficient movement of people and goods across the region.
“With the critical support of our federal, provincial and regional partnerships, TransLink is ready and eager to start implementing service and infrastructure improvements outlined in Phase One of the 10-Year Vision. Today’s announcement is just one in a series of steps we’re taking to expand service for our customers and reduce wait times and crowding.”
Kevin Desmond, TransLink CEO
The new train cars are scheduled to start arriving in 2018 and after extensive testing, enter into service by early 2019.
Starting in January 2017, TransLink will begin service improvements using the existing fleet for the Expo, Millennium and Canada Lines and SeaBus, with additional bus and HandyDart service improvements beginning in April 2017.
Transit and transportation improvements in Phase One
- 10% increase in bus service
- 15% increase in HandyDART service
- 20% increase in rail service following delivery of new rail cars (Expo Line, Millennium Line and Evergreen Extension, Canada Line, West Coast Express)
- Pre-construction and consultation on Broadway subway and Surrey-Langley light rail
- New funding for improvements to the Major Road Network
- Expansion and improvements to cycling and pedestrian networks
Want more information on the Mayors’ Council 10-year vision?
Head to tenyearvision.translink.ca.
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— TransLink BC (@TransLink) December 16, 2016
Author: Adrienne Coling