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Get Moving BC Press Release

Get Moving BC

For Immediate Release

December 20, 2007

 

GET MOVING BC RELEASES ITS YEAR END “TOP TEN” LIST OF TRANSPORTATION PRIORITIES

 

Transportation priorities for the Lower Mainland after the Port Mann Bridge/Highway 1, Canada Line, Pitt River Bridge and Golden Ears Bridge projects are completed

 

Vancouver, B.C. Get Moving BC has just released its year end “Top Ten” list of priority transportation projects for the Lower Mainland.  The list includes major transit projects like the Evergreen Line and Millennium Line extension as well as bridge and road projects like a new Pattullo Bridge and a bridge to replace the Massey Tunnel.

 

Get Moving BC’s Ian MacPherson says the list is a regional map to what needs to come next now that the Port Mann Bridge/Highway 1 project is moving ahead and projects like the Canada Line and the new Pitt River and Golden Ears bridge projects are under construction.

 

“The region has made a lot of headway in terms of transportation infrastructure in the last year,” says MacPherson, “and now it’s time to look ahead to some of the other transportation projects that need to get underway if we’re ever going to get people and goods moving better.”

 

MacPherson says the Get Moving BC “Top Ten” list includes projects that are already being talked about as well as projects that have been on the books for so long now they’ve almost been forgotten.

 

Here’s the “Top Ten” list of transportation project priorities according to Get Moving BC:

 

1.       Build the Evergreen Line with an extension to Port Coquitlam

2.       Increase bus service in underserved parts of the Lower Mainland, such as south of the Fraser River, and integrate communities like Abbotsford and Chilliwack into future regional dedicated Express Bus networks

3.       Plan ahead for an LRT line across the twinned Port Mann Bridge to 200th Street, and perhaps into Langley, to allow communities south of the Fraser to plan for future density around proposed LRT stations.

4.       Fast track the North Fraser Perimeter Road and encapsulate Front Street for the revitalisation of New Westminster’s waterfront and downtown

5.       Replace the single-lane Bailey bridge between Coquitlam and New Westminster, widen Braid Street through the Braid Industrial area and provide grade separation between the roadway and railway tracks

6.       Extend the Millennium Line westward along Broadway to UBC  

7.       Build a new Pattullo Bridge and the Stormont connecter to connect McBride Boulevard in New Westminster with the newly-improved Highway 1 in Burnaby

8.       Build the Tree Island bridge to connect the Alex Fraser Bridge and Highway 91A to the Marine-Byrne Road intersection

9.       Build a new bridge to replace the Massey (Dease Island) tunnel  

10.   Build a new bridge across the Fraser River between the Port Mann Bridge and the Pattullo Bridge

                                                          

MacPherson says all of these projects are important in moving people around the Lower Mainland in an environmentally and economically sound way, and no single project on the list is really more important than any of the others: “The goal is to get people and goods moving in the region and it shouldn’t be an ‘us’ versus ‘them’ thing.  We have to work together to solve our transportation problems and we have to do it in a way to works for everyone.”

 

MacPherson says he’s pleased that relief is on the way for frustrated commuters and that options will soon be available, but he adds that we can’t stop there.

 

“Now that we have some momentum going we have to keep it going,” says MacPherson.  “We can’t afford to let things get as bad as they did with our transportation infrastructure ever again; we can’t allow ourselves to get that far behind ever again.”

 

 

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Get Moving BC is dedicated to holding governments accountable for a balanced transportation system and was formed to provide a voice for the majority of Greater Vancouver residents who support improving our roads, bridges and transit systems.   

For more information please contact Get Moving BC’s media desk at 604-678-5567 or by email at info@getmovingbc.com

 

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