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TransLink To Invest $100 Million Towards Municipal Improvement Projects

TransLink Municipal Investment Projects

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Last week TransLink announced that it would be investing $100 million towards local municipal projects throughout Metro Vancouver.

“This program invests in infrastructure upgrades and maintenance for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers throughout the region”, the transit operator said in a press release.

According to TransLink, the $100 million will consist of 76 projects spread throughout 21 municipalities.

The $100 million will be distributed like so:

Walking paths $5 million
Cycling paths $15 million
Major Road Network $23 million
Operation and Maintenance $56 million

Such upgrades include a $260,000 project to build a proper sidewalk on 84th Avenue in Surrey, in preparation for the new RapidBus service; as well as a $1,880,000 project to install seismic upgrades to the Cambie Bridge. (A full list of projects can be found, here.)

Over the last few months, TransLink has also announced several improvements as it relates to transit services. The aforementioned RapidBus service is expected to begin operating in January 2020. Double-decker buses are also coming to select routes.

In addition, TransLink released a report this week that examined how traffic congestion has affected bus services. The report identified 20 transit corridors that were most affected, as well as possible solutions.

“The role that we play in creating a more livable, prosperous region goes far beyond transit”, says TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond. “As the regional transportation authority, our job is to connect people and communities by improving accessibility and connections in any way possible.”

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