METRO Vancouver residents will see more than 100 new or improved greenways, cycling paths, walkways, multi-use paths, intersections, or roads as part of a $130 million investment in local infrastructure, TransLink announced on Wednesday.
This year’s investment is delivered through the Municipal Funding Program, which supports maintaining, upgrading, and building new transportation infrastructure throughout Metro Vancouver.
The significant investment will go towards 107 projects and maintenance of the Major Road Network – bringing Metro Vancouver better cycling paths, more sidewalks, and safer streets.
|Project type||2022 investment|
|Walking, cycling and multi-use paths (69 projects)||$36 million|
|Roads, structures, and bus speed upgrades (38 projects)||$33 million|
|Operation, maintenance, and rehabilitation of the MRN||$61 million|
Examples of recently completed infrastructure improvements from this program include:
- Richmond | No. 6 Road between Cambie and Bridgeport Road | Multi-use path
- TransLink invested $250,000 towards this new traffic separated cycling and walking path in Richmond along No. 6 Road.
- City of North Vancouver | Westview Drive/West 21 street | Pedestrian Crossing
- TransLink invested $80,000 into upgrading this intersection with new streetlights, crosswalk flashers, and traffic signals.
- Delta | Nordel Way | Corridor safety improvements
- TransLink invested $387,500 towards improving safety along Nordel Way south of the 84th Avenue Overpass. This included a new concrete barrier with reflective strips, improved drainage, roadside barrier extensions, and lighting upgrades.
Through its Municipal Funding Program, TransLink contributes up to 75 per cent of funding for upgrades benefitting local government throughout Metro Vancouver. For projects improving the efficiency of bus operations or some priority cycling infrastructure, TransLink funds up to 100 per cent of the project costs. This program is part of the 2022 Investment Plan, with funding from TransLink and the Government of British Columbia.
Kevin Quinn, CEO, TransLink, said: “TransLink is committed to ensuring transportation throughout the region is as convenient and seamless as possible, regardless of how you primarily travel. Investing in cycling paths, walkways, and bus speed upgrades is just one of the ways we help to combat climate change by encouraging green transportation throughout Metro Vancouver.”
Jonathan X. Coté, Mayors’ Council Chair and Mayor of New Westminster, said: “This program allows municipalities to complete much-needed upgrades and rehabilitation to key transportation infrastructure. Each year, these vital investments keep it possible to explore the region while better connecting our communities.”
George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, said: “Building well-connected, accessible and safe active transportation and transit infrastructure is an important part of our CleanBC plan to lower emissions, improve communities and reduce congestion. These investments will give people in Metro Vancouver more choices to get around their communities using clean and healthy transportation options.”