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.
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.