Langley City Mayor Ted Schaffer said a SkyTrain or light rail stop could be in a currently vacant lot near the Innes Corners area.

Budget promises millions for transit

A light rail or SkyTrain line to Langley could get federal funds.

The federal budget unveiled Tuesday included more than $460,000,000 earmarked for transit, and Langley City’s mayor looks at it as a good start.

Mayor Ted Schaffer was glad the Metro Vancouver area was specifically mentioned in the budget tabled in the House of Commons on Tuesday.

“I was hoping for a little bit more money,” Schaffer said.

The budget documents mention funding for accelerated design, implementation, and construction for new large-scale projects, such as light rail lines in Metro Vancouver.

There are currently two light rail lines that have been vying for funding. Schaffer and other South of the Fraser mayors have been calling for funding for a Surrey Light Rail project, which would include a rail link from SkyTrain down Fraser Highway all the way to Langley City.

The other is the Broadway corridor in Vancouver, where a subway has been contemplated.

If the local light rail project is built, two stops in Langley City are planned – one at a lot near Innes Corners and the Cascades Casino, and another at the Willowbrook Shopping Centre.

Standing at Innes Corners earlier this week, Sdchaffer pointed out that under the City has already planned for growth in the area that could be driven by a rail link.

Any single-storey building in the area could be up for redevelopment, Schaffer said.

It is time for the South of the Fraser to get its rail expansion, the mayor said, after the creation of the Evergreen Line and other links to the north of the river.

With the federal government pledging up to 50 per cent of funding for transit projects, Schaffer said the money would be a “pretty good down payment to get things going.”

Both rail projects were to have been funded through the 0.5 per cent sales tax increase in Metro Vancouver, but last year’s referendum killed that plan. Since then, TransLink has not come forward with any concrete plans to add new rail lines or new transit capacity in the region.

Surrey has been trying to push the project forward, working to find funding with various partners.

Amarjit Sohi, the minister of infrastructure and communities, is scheduled to meet with the TransLink Mayors’ Council this week, said Schaffer.

 

Just Posted

VIDEO: New doctors, but fewer spaces for patients in Langley

Retirements have left some Langley residents without a family physician.

Langley Thunder stop Shamrocks

The local lacrosse season is close to wrapping up.

‘Sabrina’ series will film late into the night in Cloverdale

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will be on location at ‘Cerberus Books’ until early Saturday

Throwback Thursday: July 19, 2018

Can you help us caption a photo from Langley’s past?

Our View: Location matters when it comes to candidates

Those running for civic office should live in the community they want to represent.

VIDEO: Langley City invests in outdoor recreation for residents

New amenities have been added to several of its parks, including ziplines.

RCMP help to save goats from wildfire

The fast-approaching wildfire, sparked Thursday, forced the evacuation of five homes

VIDEO: Near drowning captured on popular B.C. river

Search and Rescue manager says the popular pastime of floating in the summer is inherently dangerous

Crosswalk vandalism leaves black mark for Cowichan as B.C. Games begin

Rainbow crosswalk defaced just days after being painted

Photo gallery: BC Games Day 1

A brief look at action from the 2018 BC Summer Games in the Cowichan Valley

UPDATED: Anti-pipeline campers digging in as eviction deadline expires

The City of Burnaby had ordered the Kinder Morgan pipeline protesters out for violating bylaws

Trump was taped talking of paying Playboy model: AP source

Source says former personal lawyer Michael Cohen secretly recorded discussion prior to 2016 election

VIDEO: How to throw a frisbee

Ultimate frisbee player Amy Mackay shows off the proper technique

Site C dam project plagued by problems: expert

E. Harvey Elwin expresses concern about internal BC Hydro and government documents

Most Read