While local mayors continue to map out a 10-year plan for funding transit improvements, Vancouver’s Gregor Robertson is defending his push for a project that has a $3-billion price tag.
Robertson is dismissing suggestions his recently-released re-election campaign video makes it look like the Broadway line has already been approved.
“We don’t have the Broadway subway being built right now. It’s something we need to fight for and that’s part of why I want to run for another term as mayor. I want to keep fighting to get the Broadway subway started. It may take more years than I have to actually get it built and opened, but it’s part of the work that I’ve committed to doing as mayor of Vancouver.”
He also rejects claims the proposed subway to the University of B.C. means other much-needed projects, including the Pattullo Bridge replacement and a light rail line in Surrey, will have to wait.
New Westminster Mayor Wayne Wright says Gregor Robertson’s transit wish is valid, but so are many others.
“All the projects have to be approved because we need them all. What happens is when are they gonna be done?”
Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan also says Metro Vancouver mayors have to work together to figure out what needs immediate attention.
“I expect him to advocate for projects in Vancouver, but eventually, all of us are responsible for the financing of those projects and eventually for the planning and execution.”