TransLink invests in active transportation infrastructure projects

Posted: 3 April 2023 | | No comments yet

TransLink’s Municipal Funding Program will fund 106 infrastructure projects, including upgrades to greenways, cycling paths, pavements, bridges and roads in communities across Metro Vancouver.

TransLink invests in active transportation infrastructure projects

Credit: TransLink

TransLink has announced that 20 communities across Metro Vancouver will benefit from its Municipal Funding Program in 2023. The $128 million programme consists of 106 infrastructure projects, including improvements to greenways, cycling paths, pavements, multi-use paths, bridges and roads, in addition to maintenance of the Major Road Network. 

Through the Municipal Funding Program, TransLink contributes up to 75% of funding for upgrades benefitting local governments throughout the region. For projects improving the efficiency of bus operations or some priority cycling infrastructure, TransLink funds up to 100% of the project costs. 

This programme is funded by TransLink and is part of the 2022 Investment Plan, supported by the Government of British Columbia. 

Examples of infrastructure improvements being funded include:

  • Vancouver – Arbutus Greenway – Kerrisdale has been awarded $1.75 million for cycling and walking improvements along the 8.5-kilometre Arbutus Greenway
  • Coquitlam – $1.16 million has been awarded to extend the Guildford Greenway from Port Moody to Pinetree Way
  • Surrey – the Nicomeckl Bridge Upgrade has been awarded $2 million to replace existing bridge structure due to sea level rise.

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In total, the 106 investments consist of 62 walking, cycling and multi-use paths, an additional 31 roads, structures, and bus speed upgrades and overall operation, maintenance and rehabilitation of the Major Road Network. 

Kevin Quinn, CEO of TransLink, said: “Every day TransLink moves Metro Vancouver forward sustainably and reliably. With the responsibility of building transit-friendly and liveable communities, we know how important it is to invest in the region we serve. TransLink has contributed to more than 100 projects as part of a $128 million infrastructure investment, which will make these communities a better place to live, work and play.”

Brad West, Mayors’ Council Chair and Mayor of Port Coquitlam, said: “The Municipal Funding Program provides the infrastructure and investment that communities rely on to encourage active transportation throughout the region. Cycling paths, walkways and bus speed upgrades are all critical components to combat climate change.”

Rob Fleming, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, said: “Developing and improving cycling paths, walkways, bridges and roads is important to ensure more families have safe and convenient ways to travel every day. This infrastructure means people can more easily choose to walk, cycle or roll instead of driving, which reduces traffic congestion, makes roads safer, improves air quality and leads to a healthier and more sustainable community.”