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October 16, 2019, 11:11 am

TransLink Invests Record Funding into Municipal Projects

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NEW WESTMINSTER - TransLink is unveiling the finalized list of projects receiving investments from the TransLink Walking, Cycling, and Roads Program in 2019. This program invests in infrastructure upgrades and maintenance for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers throughout the region.

The nearly $100 million awarded this year will help construct or improve 76 projects throughout the region, while helping to maintain over 2,700 kilometres of road lanes. Since the inception of the 10-Year Mayors’ Plan, TransLink has increased funding toward improving and maintaining regional walkways, cycle paths, and the Major Road Network. 2019’s finalized funding list invests more into municipal projects than any previous year.

A detailed list of 2019 investments and projects for each municipality can be found here.

“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. Whether you walk, cycle, drive, or take transit – this program helps everyone move more efficiently around the region.”

In a recent TransLink study comparing 2011 and 2017 trip data, the share of regional walking and cycling trips increased by four per cent – replacing a four per cent decrease in the share of driving trips. This program’s investments for upgrades, installation, and maintenance to walkways and cycle paths will help satisfy the region’s increasing demand from pedestrians and cyclists.
 

Project type 2019 investment (approximate)
Walking paths $5 million
Cycling paths $15 million
Major Road Network $23 million
Operation and Maintenance $56 million
Total $99 million

Through municipal cost-share programs, TransLink contributes up to 75 per cent of funding for upgrades benefitting 21 municipalities, Electoral Area A, and the Tsawwassen First Nation. The program is funded by contributions from the Mayors’ 10-Year Investment Plan, the Government of Canada, and the Province of British Columbia.
Since 2017, this program has:

  • Invested in 25 kilometres of new or upgraded walking paths
  • Invested in 102 kilometres of new or upgraded cycle paths
  • Invested in 17 kilometres of new or upgraded roads and infrastructure
  • Maintained more than 1,700 traffic signals
  • Maintained more than 800 structures

 
Bowinn Ma, Parliamentary Secretary for TransLink –
“Investing in infrastructure that improves commute times, reduces air pollution and congestion, while laying the foundation for strong economic growth is a top priority for our government. These much-needed upgrades will make life better for people by giving them more choices to safely travel around Metro Vancouver so they can spend more time doing the things they enjoy.”
 
Jonathan X. Coté, Mayors’ Council Chair and Mayor of New Westminster –
“The 10-Year Mayors’ Vision is about upgrading mobility in the region for everyone, regardless of how you get around. Whether it’s the sidewalks you walk on, the bike lanes you bike on, or the roads you drive on – this program benefits everyone in the region.”
 
Derik Wenman, President, HUB Cycling –
“Cycling is one of the fastest growing modes of transportation across Metro Vancouver. TransLink’s continued investment in all modes of active transportation, especially cycling, will be instrumental in reducing road congestion. HUB Cycling encourages TransLink to continue increasing investment in cycling to ensure environmentally and economically healthier communities. This investment will ensure the Province reaches its goals for active transportation, the climate plan, poverty reduction, and ensuring an innovative and sustainable public health system.”
 
Learn more:
TransLink 2019 full list of Investments
TransLink Walking, Cycling, Roads Program
2017 Trip Diary Data

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