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Major investment to increase capacity and reduce overcrowding across Metro Vancouver’s Transit System

Burnaby, BC, May, 23, 2019— Investing in public transit infrastructure supports efficient, affordable and sustainable transportation options that help Canadians and their families get to work, school and essential services on time and back home safely at the end of the day.

Today, the Honourable Harjit Singh Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Claire Trevena, B.C. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure provided details on what the $1.47 billion investment in the Expo Millennium upgrade program will mean for people.

The $1.47 billion investment will increase the capacity of the SkyTrain fleet and support much needed operational and system upgrades along the Expo and Millennium Lines to serve a rapidly growing ridership.

The Government of Canada is contributing $493,320,000 under the Public Transit Infrastructure stream (PTIS) of the Investing in Canada Plan and the Government of British Columbia is contributing $579,000,000 as part of the Province’s $2.54 billion capital investment in Phase Two of the Mayors’ Council Ten-Year Vision. TransLink is investing $397,680,000 to fund the balance of the Expo Millennium upgrade program.

The funds will be used to purchase approximately 200 new SkyTrain cars to replace 150 original cars, which are near the end of their life cycle, and to expand the fleet.  This will increase SkyTrain capacity by over 5,000 passengers at peak times. Additionally, a new vehicle storage facility will be built, upgrades to the vehicle operations and maintenance centre will be undertaken and mainline power, train control, and operating systems will be improved along the Expo and Millennium Lines to support longer and more frequent trains.

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