We’ve got good news, commuters! Today, PM Justin Trudeau announced that the federal government will cover up to $1.3B to help cover the construction of the Surrey-Langley SkyTrain. What’s more, construction kicks off next week! Here’s what to know.
The new federal funding covers 4 new stations and around 9km of track. This has been earmarked for the western portion of the line, covering Fleetwood to Langley. Meanwhile, the BC government already has $1.6B for the eastern portion, which will have four stations between King George Station and Fleetwood.
Happening now in Surrey, British Columbia: We’re announcing an investment in public transit that will make communities stronger and commutes shorter – and so much more. Tune in now for more information: https://t.co/Hr02p9Cg88
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) July 9, 2021
In the same press conference, Trudeau also confirmed that the federal government will help out with the Arbutus-UBC extension, but in a much smaller format. That $30-$40M will cover around 40% of the detailed planning of the extension. There’s no real number on what that will actually cost, but early estimates pegged it around $3.5B.
With any luck, the new Surrey-Langley SkyTrain Expo Line extension will be finished around 2025. Which, coincidentally, is when the Millenium Line to Arbutus should be done as well. One thing’s for sure- Vancouver is about to see a lot of construction over the next few years.
But hey, if it means more access to public transit, we’re all for it!