What does a Congestion Relief Fund mean for Metro Vancouver?

As you know, the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation is calling on Canada’s political parties to commit to a permanent Congestion Relief Fund – a permanent federal funding mechanism which will continue the investments needed to cure congestion in Metro Vancouver, and in cities across the country.

The current trend of federal investments in transit infrastructure needs to be maintained. With permanent and predictable funding, we can aim to achieve smarter, long-term planning – which isn’t possible through the current project-based funding model.

The fund, delivered on the basis of ridership, would deliver an estimated $375 million annually to TransLink, starting in 2028. Invested alongside local and provincial government commitments, the fund would guarantee Metro Vancouver the transportation funding needed to complete the remaining projects in the 10-Year Vision and accelerate the region’s next most urgent congestion-fighting transit and road investments to be identified in the Transport 2050 planning process underway right now

Some of the most urgent projects that Metro Vancouver would be able to proceed with as a result of establishing a Congestion Relief Fund include:

Surrey-Langley SkyTrain

A Congestion Relief Fund would allow us to build the entire Surrey-Langley Skytrain project in one phase as soon as possible.

SkyTrain to UBC

Permanent and predictable funds would allow for the completion of the Millennium Line to UBC.

Rapid Bus and Bus Expansion

The Phase Three Plan of the 10-year Vision is currently unfunded, and a Congestion Relief Fund will allow us to accelerate the roll-out of the remaining bus expansions. This includes five new Rapid Bus lines, including:

  • Two lines connects the North Shore with Vancouver and Burnaby,
  • One that connects Maple Ridge to Langley,
  • A line between White Rock, North Delta and Surrey.
  • A line connecting south and east Vancouver

South of the Fraser Rapid Transit

A permanent fund would mean  completion of the South of the Fraser rapid transit network along King George Boulevard and 104th Avenue in Surrey.

Electric Fleet

Sustained federal funding would allow TransLink’s transition plans for 1,500 buses to become quiet, emissions-free battery-electric buses before 2050. Half of the bus fleet could be converted by 2030.

Moving Forward to Transport 2050

A Congestion Relief Fund would mean planning would move up for new transit projects to be identified through the Transport 2050, so the next wave of transit expansion in Metro Vancouver can be delivered starting as soon as 2022.

 

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