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Translink, Metro Vancouver Mayors Approve $2 Billion Transit Plan

Surrey SkyTrain

photo: Jeffrey Ngai

Metro Vancouver mayors unanimously approved an increase to Translink property taxes and fares today to push towards a service expansion that aims to calm overcrowding on transit services by 2017.

The approval will release $2 billion in new funding over the next three years for new buses, cars for the Skytrain and West Coast Express.

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A new $3 per household property tax and fare increase will come into effect in July 2017. Fares are expected to rise up to 10 cents for single fares and $2 for a monthly pass.

“Phase One of the 10-Year Vision delivers the region’s biggest transit expansion in nearly a decade, kick-starting immediate and urgently needed improvements in our transit system while laying the groundwork for the Broadway Subway and Surrey-Langley LRT projects,” said Gregor Robertson, Mayor of Vancouver.

Bus routes will see a 25 per cent increase in service and add new routes for underserved areas in the lower mainland by April 2017.

There will also be a 20 per cent boost in off-peak service on Skytrains including the Canada Line and SeaBus.

Increased HandyDart service is expected to begin in January 2017 with a 15 per cent overall increase within the next three years.

In the meantime, Translink plans to roll out the Evergreen Line on December 2 and focus on how TO allocate funding for the second phase of their 10-year plan.

Phase One is funded by $370 million from the Federal Government, $246 million from the B.C. Government and $1.3 billion from Translink.

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