VANCOUVER, B.C. — TransLink is calling on the federal government to launch a “new partnership” and provide long-term funding for transportation projects.
The regional transit body has assembled a $8.9-billion wish list of transportation projects but it says it cannot proceed with some major projects without a long-term commitment from the feds.
TransLink chairman, Doug McCallum says the current funding system is “problematic for urban regions with 10-year capital plans…without the surety of sustained and predictable federal funding we cannot plan as effectively as possible.”
The transportation authority says it has identified several major projects in the Lower Mainland that would improve the flow of goods, but the capital costs are too high for the region alone. McCallum made these comments to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance during its pre-budget consultations held recently in Vancouver.
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