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Conservative platform threatens future of Lower Mainland transit projects: Mayors' Council

Last Updated Oct 12, 2019 at 3:29 pm PST

FILE: New Westminster Mayor Jonathan Cote at the TransLink Mayors' Council on Nov. 15, 2018. (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

Mayor says the Conservative platform includes billions for funding Toronto subways, leaves out SkyTrain extensions

SkyTrain extensions to UBC and Langley are two of projects that could be in peril if no federal funding provided

NEW WESTMINSTER (NEWS 1130) — Adequate funding for SkyTrain extensions in the Lower Mainland is not included in the Conservative platform, according to Lower Mainland mayors.

The Tories say they will spend $187 billion on transit projects over 15 years. The Liberal plan would spend the same amount over 12 years.

Jonathan Cote, Mayor of New Westminster and Chair of the TransLink Mayors’ Council says Scheer’s platform leaves Metro Vancouver behind.

“We were very surprised that the Conservative platform included billions of dollars for subway expansion in Toronto but completely left Metro Vancouver out of the equation and we’re a bit puzzled as to why,” he says.

SkyTrain extensions to UBC and Langley are two of the projects Cote says need federal funding.

“This could have a really negative impact on our transportation system and congestion. These are vitally important transportation projects and ultimately without support from the next Federal government, projects will be delayed indefinitely.”