Millennium Line extension not a priority for province

Under the recently approved City of Vancouver Transportation 2040 plan, the city has labelled an underground Millennium Line extension along the Broadway corridor as its top priority. However, the province of British Columbia says it is not their priority—at least not yet.

According to News 1130, the province is “nowhere near ready to provide funding for it.” Transportation Minister Mary Polak tells the radio station she has not had discussions with the city and TransLink has to identify the extension as a priority before the province even considers allocating funds.

“We know the biggest priority is for the Mayors’ Council and TransLink to have their priorities lined up for the future and to also solidify with them what their plans are for future funding.”

Polak also notes funding for SkyTrain involves many partners. “Those are projects that are negotiated contributions between all three levels of government, and so it’s far too early to be talking about what kind of a price tag that would look like.”

When the Canada Line was constructed, the Government of Canada contributed the most funding at $450 million. The province of British Columbia was next at $435 million.

TransLink is currently considering rapid bus, light rail, and SkyTrain for the Broadway corridor. Public consultation was held March 30 to April 22, 2011 and technical studies have been conducted since. The transportation authority is expected to release its findings later this year.

If SkyTrain technology is chosen, the Millennium Line extension will cost upwards of $3.2 billion (2010 estimate).


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