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.