Vancouver public transport investment announced
CANADA: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and British Columbia Premier Christy Clark announced a total of C$768m in federal and provincial funding for public transport in the Vancouver area on June 16. Regional transport authority TransLink will provide a further C$125m.
The funds form part of the federal government’s C$10bn first phase of the Investing in Canada plan, which envisages providing C$120bn towards infrastructure projects over the next 10 years.
The federal government is to provide C$460m from its Public Transit Infrastructure Fund, with a further C$308m coming from the province of British Columbia.
It is envisaged that C$345m will be spent on metro station modernisation and the procurement of new rolling stock, including 50 metro cars. One locomotive and five coaches for the West Coast Express commuter service are also to be purchased.
A further C$157m would be put towards the design of two metro extensions along Broadway and South of Fraser, and C$94m would be used for upgrading rail and bus interchanges.