TransLink announces $23M in funding for 51 regional projects

Yes, that means more bike lanes in Metro Vancouver

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51 transportation infrastructure projects around Metro Vancouver will be getting a piece of a $23 million pie, TransLink announced Friday.

Part of the Mayors’ Council 10-Year Vision for Metro Vancouver Transit and Transportation, the projects span the region from Bowen Island to White Rock and Delta to Maple Ridge.

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The projects are aimed at improving road, cycling, and pedestrian infrastructure, and reduce congestion across Metro Vancouver, according to TransLink. They are smaller-scale projects that are completed in a short time frame.

“These investments help build connections in communities. They improve quality of life by making it easier for people to get around their city,” said TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond in a release.

Among the funded projects are several bike lanes in places like North Vancouver, Langley, Coquitlam, and Surrey, along with endeavours like road widening, pedestrian paths, and sidewalk improvements.

As part of the multi-year plan, similar projects across Metro Vancouver will get financing from TransLink in 2018 and 2019.

Additionally, this annual release of funds includes about $41.8 million that goes towards to operation and maintenance of the Major Road Network, which is over 600 kilometres of arterial roads.

TransLink is unique in that it is the first North American transportation authority to take on responsibility for infrastructure like bike lanes, bridges, and sidewalks alongside public transit.

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom