TransLink is contributing more than $45 million in funding this year to municipalities for road projects across Metro Vancouver.
As outlined in TransLink’s 2014 Base Plan, $39 million of this is annual funding earmarked to operate, maintain and rehabilitate the regional Major Road Network (MRN).
The MRN consists of more than 600 kilometres of major arterial roads that carry the bulk of the region’s commuter, transit and truck traffic.
The contribution also commits $6.7 million to 22 capital improvement road and bicycle projects in twelve Metro Vancouver municipalities.
“TransLink is committed to investing in projects that will improve the regional transportation network for cars, bikes, pedestrians and buses,” said TransLink chief operating officer Doug Kelsey.
“By working with our municipal partners to identify road improvement projects, we can help ensure that people and goods move efficiently and safely throughout the region.”
Since 1999, TransLink has committed more than $420 million to municipalities to operate, maintain and rehabilitate the MRN.
The funds go toward necessary work, including street cleaning and snow removal, maintaining streetlights, traffic signals and signs, patching potholes, and pavement rehabilitation.
Each municipality receives an amount that corresponds to the amount of MRN roads in its jurisdiction.
TransLink partners with municipalities and other stakeholders through the Major Road Network and Bike (MRNB) Minor Capital Program.
Projects being funded within the 2014 MRNB Program include the four-lane widening of Fraser Highway in the Township of Langley, the Tannery Greenway multi-use pathway in Surrey, and the Murray Street bikeway extension in Port Moody.
Since 2008, TransLink has committed more than $110 million toward 250 road and cycling improvement projects across the region.
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