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Trudeau, Clark pledge $616M to improve Metro Vancouver transit

WATCH: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Burnaby for a major transit funding. announcement.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Christy Clark announced $616 million in funding for transit projects across Metro Vancouver.

Translink will contribute $125 million towards the total $740 million worth of projects as part of phase 1 of the program.

This means over the next two to three years, there will be a number of investments made to improve transit across the region.

This includes investing $345 million to modernize and expand existing rapid transit lines, including adding 28 SkyTrain, 22 Canada Line, five West Coast Express cars and a third SeaBus. This also includes overhauling stations along the Expo Line and Canada Line.

WATCH: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged millions in funding for transit projects across British Columbia

Liberals invest $460M in BC public transit initiatives
Liberals invest $460M in BC public transit initiatives

One-hundred-and-fifty-seven million dollars will be allocated to planning and pre-construction work on the Broadway and Surrey Light Rapid Transit projects.

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A further $94 million will be invested into modernizing the bus and rail network, including in the areas of Lonsdale Quay, 22 Avenue Station, Guildford and Newton.

Trudeau said a total of $921 million in investments will be made in transit infrastructure with contributions from the province and municipalities for the first phase of projects across B.C.

WATCH: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Christy Clark announced $616 million in funding for transit projects across Metro Vancouver.

Trudeau, Clark pledge $616M to improve Metro Vancouver transit
Trudeau, Clark pledge $616M to improve Metro Vancouver transit

“Canadians have asked us to reduce congestion and commute times in their cities,” said Trudeau. “This investment in public transit will help the people of British Columbia get home to their loved ones faster. It will also help to grow the middle class by improving business flows in municipalities while reducing environmental damage.”

This funding is part of the first phase of Investing in Canada, the Government of Canada’s $120-billion plan to support infrastructure across the country over the next 10 years.

The Metro Vancouver plan still requires money from the region’s mayors who are waiting for the province to approve their funding proposal.

“British Columbia is leading Canada, and as our economy continues to grow, transit infrastructure needs to keep pace,” said Clark. “This investment will help meet rising demand, ease congestion, lower our carbon footprint, and enhance our quality of life.”

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The B.C. Government announced in May it had dedicated $246 million over three years to help build new transit infrastructure.

In 2015, Metro Vancouver residents voted down a proposed sales tax to pay for a $7.5 billion transit plan for the region.

WATCH: Metro Vancouver transit announcement big on funds, short on details

Metro Vancouver transit announcement big on funds, short on details
Metro Vancouver transit announcement big on funds, short on details

 

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