TransLink announced the beginning of expanded transit services it will be rolling out in 2017 as part of the 10-Year Vision for Metro Vancouver Transportation. TransLink has added more SkyTrain and SeaBus services, which will begin to reduce wait times and crowding.
Over the coming weeks and months TransLink will continue rolling out phase one of the 10-Year Vision with a region-wide expansion of bus services and HandyDART, and working with communities to prioritize improvements to the region’s major roads network to address traffic bottlenecks and congestion.
“With completion of the Evergreen Extension in December, and this week’s launch of the first transit enhancements from the 10-Year Vision, Metro Vancouver is starting to see the long-overdue transportation improvements that will get our region moving again,” said TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond. “The service improvements we’re launching today make space for 185,000 more people on our transit system each week.”
Later this month, planning for phase two kicks off with public consultations on the Broadway extension and Surrey-Newton-Guildford LRT projects, and meetings of the joint committee of the Mayors’ Council and TransLink board of directors responsible for leading development of the phase two investment plan.
“While approval of phase one is worth celebrating, it is only the first step in delivering the transportation solutions our region needs. Funding commitments from the provincial and federal governments must be secured for phase two in order to keep critically important projects like the Surrey-Langley LRT and Broadway extension on track,” said Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner, vice-chair of the Mayors’ Council. “We need to build on the momentum created with Phase One, and continue the partnership between our regional, provincial, and federal governments that has resulted in the $2-billion investment we are launching today.”
Phase one of the 10-Year Vision is funded through investments from the federal and provincial governments and regional revenues.
Investments included in phase O\one extend across the entire region. The first improvements in the plan, starting the week of January 16, include:
- An 11 per cent increase in passenger capacity during peak periods on the Canada Line
- Extended weekday peak-hour service, and increasing mid-day and early evening service on weekends, on the Expo and Millennium Lines
- Doubled SeaBus service on Sundays and holidays to sailings every 15 minutes from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
In addition to this initial expansion of services on SeaBus, Expo Line, Millennium Line and Canada Line, TransLink is increasing HandyDART service, and will start expanding bus services across the region this spring, with further rail service increases as new vehicles are delivered starting in late 2018.