Today’s budget brings funds to start LRT towards Langley

The federal money is only for the first phase of a light rail project.

  • Mar. 22, 2017 8:00 p.m.

TransLink and the Lower Mainland will receive a share of transit funding from Wednesday’s federal budget – money which will put Langley one step closer to being linked to SkyTrain.

The federal budget includes $3.4 billion over the next three years, and $20.1 billion over 11 years, for public transit systems across Canada.

Locally this means TransLink expects a federal investment of $2.6 billion in Metro Vancouver transit projects.

TransLink will now move forward on negotiating with the provincial government to secure matching funds for Phase Two of the project, according to a statement by the Mayors’ Council.

Phase Two includes the early phases of Surrey light rail transit (LRT) or SkyTrain, which is eventually planned to extend down Fraser Highway to Langley City.

The Surrey-Newton-Guildford portion of the line is now expected in 2023.

The money also means expanded bus service, a new Patullo Bridge, and a Broadway subway in Vancouver.

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