Trudeau announces $1.3b toward Surrey Langley SkyTrain extension

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday announced up to $1.3 billion in federal funding toward the Surrey Langley SkyTrain extension project.

“By continuing to invest in major public transit projects, we’re shortening commutes, creating well-paying, middle class jobs, growing the economy, fighting climate change, and helping make life easier and more affordable for people in British Columbia and across Canada,” Trudeau said.

He also added “As we do what it takes to build a recovery from COVID‑19 that works for everyone, we will keep focusing on improving the quality of life of Canadians and building back a healthier, stronger, and more competitive Canada.”

Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, said “Investing in public transit is at the heart of a clean and inclusive recovery. That’s why the Government of Canada is funding up to $1.3 billion for the Surrey Langley SkyTrain extension to Langley City Centre, which will reduce commute times by 25 minutes while helping residents get around in cleaner and more affordable ways.”

McKenna further added “We’re also providing up to 40 per cent of the eligible planning costs to extend the Millennium Line to the UBC campus from Arbutus Station, improving access for students, workers, and Indigenous-owned developments and communities. These important projects will help get more cars off the road, create good jobs and grow the economy, and build more inclusive communities.”

The Surrey Langley extension will connect growing Surrey neighbourhoods, the Township of Langley, and the City of Langley to Surrey Centre and the regional SkyTrain network, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

The statement further added that the project includes 16 kilometres on an elevated guideway from King George SkyTrain Station to Langley City Centre along Fraser Highway. It also includes eight stations, three bus exchanges, park and ride spaces, 30 SkyTrain cars, an operations and maintenance centre, and supporting system upgrades.

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