Canada announces $2.3bn subway and light rail developments for Vancouver

Canada has announced that US$2.3bn of federal and provincial funding will be spent on delivering two rail projects in Vancouver.

The 5.7km-long Broadway Subway development will add six stations to the SkyTrain Millennium Line, and a 10.5km street-level system called the Surrey-Newton-Guildford Light Rail Transit project (LRT) will create 11 stations.

The aim of the LRT is to provide "transit services in underserved areas, connect and revitalise communities, and make it easier to travel across the Lower Mainland" according to the government British Columbia.

Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, said: "Bringing light rail to Surrey will transform the city, connect communities and make getting around the Lower Mainland faster and easier.

"The Broadway Subway will also go a long way in reducing commute times and transit overcrowding, and making Vancouver’s SkyTrain even more convenient and accessible."

It will take 27 minutes to ride the line, which will resemble a tram system, with its own dedicated lane.

Image courtesy of the city of Surrey

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