TransLink allocates $99 million to municipalities for their own projects

Oct 16 2019, 2:19 pm

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.

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.

TransLink Major Road Network

Expanded TransLink Major Road Network, December 2018. (TransLink)