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Get Moving BC Press Release

Get Moving BC

For Immediate Release

January 14, 2008

 

$14-BILLION PUBLIC TRANSIT PLAN APPLAUDED BY GET MOVING BC

 

Vancouver, B.C. – This morning’s announcement of a comprehensive $14-billion public transit plan for the Lower Mainland and British Columbia is being applauded by Get Moving BC.  The plan includes funding for the long-awaited Evergreen Line which will serve people in the fast-growing Tri-Cities area. 

 

“The Evergreen Line has been in limbo for way too long, and we're thrilled the Provincial Government has stepped up to the plate and fully funded this project,” says Get Moving BC spokesperson Sheri Wiens, adding that today’s announcement brings the Evergreen Line within a heartbeat of finally becoming a reality.

 

Wiens, a Vancouver business person and a resident of Mission, says she is impressed with the comprehensiveness of the transit plan, particularly with the fact that the Millennium and Expo Lines are going to be extended in conjunction with the Evergreen Line, not at its expense.  Wiens is also pleased that these rapid transit lines will link to an extensive network of Rapid Buses.   

 

“This new Rapid Bus Network is going to have a huge positive impact on the reach and effectiveness of the region’s rapid transit lines,” says Wiens. “POCO, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge and Mission really needed to be part of the rapid transit picture, and the Rapid Bus Network puts us in that picture.”

 

The new Rapid Bus Network unveiled this morning will extend along several major traffic corridors, notably the Fraser Highway into Langley, the King George Highway, Highway 1 across the Port Mann Bridge, Highway 7 across the new Pitt River Bridge, and along Highway 99 through the Massey Tunnel.  The Rapid Bus service will also connect Maple Ridge and Langley across the new Golden Ears Bridge

 

Wiens says the Rapid Bus Network is going to help communities like Mission and Langley plan their future growth, and prevent costly sprawl, by allowing them to zone for commercial uses and increased densities along the Rapid Bus routes and transit stops and stations.

 

Get Moving BC has previously called on TransLink and the Province to fast-track plans to extend the Evergreen line across the new Pitt River Bridge to Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge and then eventually to Mission.

 

“Building the Evergreen Line, extending the Millennium Line to UBC and expanding rapid transit in the Fraser Valley are as important to a balanced transportation system as twinning the Port Mann Bridge and improving Highway #1,” says Wiens. 

“Commuters need convenient choices and I’m pleased that the transit plan unveiled this morning is going to provide these choices.”

 

When completed, the Evergreen Line will serve the people in one of the fastest growing areas of the Lower Mainland—the Northeast Sector. The Evergreen Line is scheduled for completion and service commencement in September 2011. 

 

The Province’s $14 billion transit plan will reduce transportation greenhouse gas emissions in British Columbia by 4.7 million tonnes by 2020 and will highlight the use of green technologies.

 

Several of the projects announced today were included on Get Moving BC’s year end “Top Ten” list of priority transportation projects for the Lower Mainland, including the Evergreen Line, increased bus service to underserved parts of the Lower Mainland, and extending the Millennium Line westward to UBC.  

 

 

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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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