The Mayors’ Council and TransLink Board of Directors have approved Phase One of the 10-year Vision for Metro Vancouver Transit and Transportation.
TransLink will roll out Phase One in January 2017.
The $2 billion-dollar plan will “bring noticeable improvements to the way residents travel throughout Metro Vancouver, by reducing overcrowding on transit and on HandyDart, providing new services to areas which haven’t had transit before, helping to address bottlenecks on the region’s major road networks, and creating pedestrian walkways and bike paths.”
Mayor Gregor Robertson (2nd left) says it's now back to the province & the federal government to see Phase 2 happen pic.twitter.com/6sQqnnNce0
— Jeremy Lye (@JJLye980) November 23, 2016
Map of the proposed improvements:
Funding Phase One
Phase One of the plan will be funded by a $370 million from the Federal Government and $246 million from the Provincial Government. The remaining $1.3 billion will be coming from TransLink.
Phase one will be partially funded by transit fare and property tax increases.
Translink says the fare increase will be five to 10 cents on a single fare, and $1 to $3 on a monthly pass.
The property tax increase will be based on growth and development in the region.
There will also be a new region-wide development fee for transit and transportation and Translink will sell surplus property.
Unifor, which represents 4,700 transit operators, mechanics, maintenance and SeaBus workers, calls the phase one approval a “big win” but calls on the province to increase its contribution to capital costs from 33 per cent to 40 per cent.
Unifor says commuters can expect to see a 10 per cent increase in bus service starting in April 2017 and new buses on the road.
Meanwhile, the Minister Responsible for Translink, Peter Fassbender, says he wants to wait and hear from the federal government.
“We’ve already committed on the three major projects in phase two, to our one third, and so depending on what the federal government does, it will then clearly show what is still remaining.”
Those projects being the Millennium Line Broadway Extension, the South of Fraser Rapid Transit in Surrey, and the Pattullo Bridge replacement.
With files from Jeremy Lye and Shelby Thom