image via. Daily Hive

$740 million worth of public transit improvements will take place in Metro Vancouver over the next 3 years.

Prime Minister Trudeau was in Burnaby today with BC Premier Christy Clark to announce the 50% contribution of $370 million to be made by the Federal Government. The Provincial Government is fronting $246 million and Translink is covering $125 million–50%, 33% and 17% respectively–for a total of $740 million.

The funding is allocated towards 28 new Mark III cars (seven four-car trains) for the Expo, Millennium, and Evergreen lines to increase capacity by 12%; 22 new cars (eleven two-car trains) for the Canada Line to increase capacity by 55% and reduce crowding; five new West Coast Express cars; and a third SeaBus ferry vessel to increase service frequency from every 15 minutes to 10 minutes during peak hours.

Good to see our local MP Jonathan Wilkinson following through on his promises. See our interview with Jonathan here.

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