TransLink announces Phase Two investment plan

New busses will be added, along with new B-lines in Richmond and Surrey. (Jefferyngai_ / Instagram)

TransLink has released the details of Phase Two of the 7.3 billion dollar investment, today. The investment is aimed at expanding Metro Vancouver’s transit and transportation systems to help better accommodate the rise in Vancouver’s population.

“We are ready to show Metro Vancouver how this ambitious phase of the 10-Year Vision will bring improvements that our region has been talking about for years. The funding agreements are in place, and we are excited to be taking this next phase from planning into reality. If the Phase Two Plan is approved, people will see region-wide transit system improvements beginning in early 2019.” – Kevin Desmond, Translink CEO

Phase Two of the 10-Year Mayors’ Vision for Transportation includes significant increases to bus and SkyTrain service as well as construction of two new rapid transit projects that have been in the planning stages for years. The Investment Plan includes:

TransLink’s entire 10-year plan including funding details (TransLink)

Major improvements from Phase Two include 66 million in major road network upgrades, two new B-lines located in Richmond and Surrey, and 43 million in walking/ cycling routes.

“New service, projects and improvements in the Phase Two Investment Plan have the potential to change lives for Metro Vancouver residents. It’s about improving livability for them, so it’s imperative we hear their feedback. I’m hoping everyone living in our region will take some time to review what we are planning and let us know what they think.” – Derek Corrigan, Chair, Mayors’ Council

The public can learn more and provide feedback online at tenyearvision.translink.ca until May 11 or attend any of the eight pop-up open houses being held around the region.

The final Phase Two Investment Plan will be presented to the Mayors’ Council and TransLink Board of Directors in June. If approved, Metro Vancouver residents will see Phase Two-funded improvements to services as early as 2019.