TransLink may sink Albion Ferry expansion plans

LANGLEY, B.C. — TransLink will vote today on whether or not to fund the expansion of the Albion Ferry, after its staff suggested scrapping the project.

Up to $7.9 million in upgrades — to primarily expand one ferry’s carrying capacity — had been approved by TransLink in January. The work would have also included installing fare collection equipment and improving roads in the immediate area.

However, 55 per cent of the local residents have come out against the idea, and the user fee that would result. The TransLink board has also learned that costs will exceed expectations by at least $1 million.

“Obviously when you look at community concerns and budgetary impacts, the staff has made these recommendations (to defer the expansion),” TransLink board member and Langley City Mayor Marlene Grinnell, told local media. She plans to vote against the expansion.

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