TransLink allocates $99 million to municipalities for their own projects
TransLink released today its finalized list of 2019 municipal projects on walking, cycling, and road infrastructure that will receive funding from the public transit authority.
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A total of $99 million has been divided this year across 76 projects spearheaded by municipal governments across Metro Vancouver, including $5 million for new and improved walking path projects, $15 million for new and improved cycling paths, and $23 million for improvements to the regional Major Road Network (MRN).
An additional $56 million is for the regular operation and maintenance of the MRN, stretching 675 km of arterial roads, collector roads, and bridges — equivalent to 2,700 km of road lanes.
The City of Vancouver alone will receive approximately $10 million, including $2.3 million for the second phase of the 10th Avenue bike lane, $1 million for the new Richards Street bike lane, $300,000 for Marine Drive Station pedestrian access improvements, $1.9 million for Cambie Street Bridge seismic upgrades, and $1.1 million for the new permanent design of 800 Robson Plaza.
Under a municipal cost-share funding model, TransLink contributes up to 75% of funding for upgrade projects.
According to the public transit authority, 2019’s funding levels are a record for the program with municipal governments.
In contrast, in 2017, TransLink allocated about $65 million for municipal projects, including $23 million for 51 capital projects and $42 million for the operation and maintenance of the MRN.
Late last year, TransLink added 236 km of road lanes to its MRN, including a longer span of Main Street through Chinatown to Hastings Street, Powell Street between Vernon Drive and Semlin Drive, and the Granville Street Bridge’s off-ramp routes along Fir Street and Hemlock Street to Broadway.