Prime Minister Trudeau pledges $460M for new BC transit projects

3rd SeaBus, more SkyTrains for Greater Vancouver.

In an announcement at the SkyTrain works yard in Burnaby Thursday morning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced $460-million in funding for B.C. transit projects and improvements, including $370-million for Metro Vancouver. The transit improvement cash, which pays for up to 50 per cent of large transit projects in the region, was first promised in Trudeau’s maiden budget.   The long-awaited Broadway corridor subway line and rapid transit line south of the Fraser will break ground within the next 18 months thanks in part to a massive funding boost from the federal government.  With contributions from the B.C. government and municipalities, the prime minister says a total of $921-million will be made in B.C. transit infrastructure. Trudeau told reporters that improving transit will help British Columbians get home to their families faster.  “It will also help to grow the middle class by improving business flows in municipalities,” he said.  Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said the new investment will be used towards 14 capital projects as part of its 10-year vision for transit in the region.  That includes adding 28 SkyTrain cars, 22 Canada Line cars and five West Coast Express rail cars. A third Seabus will be added to shuttle people back and forth to the North Shore, and SkyTrain stations along the Expo and Millennium lines will be given a facelift. A total of $158-million will be invested to “planning and pre-construction work” on the Broadway and South of Fraser River.  Trudeau in Burnaby for transit_June 16_2016 B

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau along with BC Premier Christy Clark and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson in Burnaby at Sky Train operations and maintenance centre.