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Local mayors hopeful ahead of federal budget announcement

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Local mayors hope the federal Liberals can live up to election promises

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – When the federal budget is announced next week, local mayors will be watching to see how much money is set aside for transit in our region, and they say there’s reason for optimism.

A lot of the sounds coming from the Trudeau government seem to indicate public transit will be a focus in this budget, according to Port Coquitlam mayor and Metro Vancouver chair Greg Moore.

“They’ve got $20-billion for transit, and that’s not roads, that’s just transit, so that’s good for us,” says Moore, when asked about the chances money is coming our way for the Mayors Council’s 10-year regional transportation plan. “Then $20-billion for green infrastructure, that’s good for us as Metro Vancouver.”

Moore is referencing dollar figures for investment promised by the Liberals during the federal election.

“So we think we’re in a really good spot to have a lot of funding come to this region, to address not only the transit and transportation issues but also other infrastructure issues that we might have at Metro or other local governments,” says Moore.

The federal government will announce its budget on March 22.

If the full 10-year transit plan is approved, the Mayors Council says it will create 11,000 construction jobs by 2018.