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New federal and provincial funding announced for Surrey LRT; Broadway Subway

UPDATE – Nov, 06, 2018: In light of the resolution passed by the City of Surrey council we are pausing work on the Surrey-Newton-Guildford LRT Project and suspending the RFQ process while we await direction from the Mayors’ Council and the TransLink Board. Read the full statement from TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond here [1].

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and the Premier of British Columbia, John Horgan, today announced more than $3 billion in federal and provincial funding for two major rapid transit projects in Metro Vancouver: the Broadway Subway project and the Surrey-Newton-Guildford Light Rail Transit project.

Metro Vancouver is home to some of the fastest growing cities in Canada. Modern, efficient transit systems are needed more than ever to reduce traffic congestion, connect businesses and communities, and meet the needs of a rapidly-growing population.

The Broadway Subway project will add 5.7 kilometres 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. With 11 new stations along 10.5 kilometres of street‑level track, the LRT will provide much-needed transit services in underserved areas, connect and revitalize communities, and make it easier to travel across the Lower Mainland.

We are working hard to make life more affordable, delivering the services you count on and building a strong, sustainable and prosperous economy that delivers benefits for everyone.

Working together with Metro Vancouver communities and the federal government, we are investing in transit and transportation infrastructure to get people and goods moving quickly, safely and affordably.

From L-R: Minister of National Defence, Harjit Sajjan, Kevin Desmond, TransLink CEO, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, BC Premier John Horgan, and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson at the major rapid transit funding announcement in Surrey.

Why is this important for the region?

The investments in the Mayors’ Council Ten-Year Vision are essential for people in Metro Vancouver, especially as the region is expecting over 1 million more residents in the next 25 years.

These projects will create thousands of good, middle class jobs during construction. Once completed, they will meet current and future transportation needs, reduce traffic congestion and air pollution, and create more livable, connected communities. This will help people spend less time stuck in traffic, and more time with their friends and family.

It will also benefit the environment as people will have more opportunities to leave their car at home and get to where they need to go quickly and efficiently.

Building the Broadway Subway and the Surrey-Newton-Guildford LRT line will deliver cleaner air, faster commutes, and a stronger economy for the entire region.

We are also working with the City of Surrey and the City of Vancouver to build affordable homes along these new rapid transit lines, so that local families can reap the full benefits of these investments.

Adding rapid transit to the network will help reduce traffic congestion on key corridors, reduce overcrowding on transit in the area, and make the region better for everyone.

Demand for transit is only going to grow as we add more than one million people to the region in the next 30 years. In 2017 alone, TransLink saw a 6% increase in transit ridership.

 

Once these projects are completed, what will be the travel benefits?

1. Broadway

2. Surrey LRT

Who is funding and delivering both projects?

Stay up-to-date with developments, and how these projects can better connect cities and people https://surreylightrail.ca/ and https://engage.gov.bc.ca/broadwaysubway/

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The gang on the train – L-R: Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, SkyTrain Attendant, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, SkyTrain Attendant, Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner, BC Premier John Horgan, TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond