We now know how much money will flow to Metro Vancouver for its ambitious 10-year transit and transportation plan.
In what Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson is calling a “game-changer, ” the TransLink Mayors’ Council says the region will get $2.2-billion of the $20.1-billion dollars Ottawa has allocated to transit projects.
That’s on top of last year’s $370-million commitment from the feds.
The cash will go towards helping fund phase two of the transportation plan, which includes big ticket items like a Broadway Subway, Surrey Light Rail, and Pattullo Bridge replacement, though Metro Vancouver Chair Greg Moore can’t say which might see shovels hit dirt first.
“We’re in the detail design phase on both those projects. As they are ready to go to the market, we will be bringing those forward, it’s not a race between one or the other. We are moving forward with them.”
Moore says it’s now looking to the province to match funds in order to move ahead.
“Now that the federal government is stepping up to  per cent, I think it’s reasonable to take a look at the provincial parties stepping up to 40 per cent because they collect 42 per cent of the tax dollars.”
But B.C. Finance Minister Mike de Jong says the province will be sticking to its one-third commitment.
“It would strike me that the pieces are falling into place and we’re hopeful we can now get beyond merely talking about it and getting on with building some expanded transit capacity.”
The B.C. NDP says if elected it will fund 40 per cent of transit projects.