Premier Gordon Campbell says progress will be made on projects to expand transportation service in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.
The projects include extending the SkyTrain from Surrey to Langley, creating a rapid transit link to the University of B.C., and providing rapid bus service to Chilliwack.
Campbell announced the plans to push ahead today (October 1) during an address to local government leaders at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Whistler.
“It's time to get started doing the SkyTrain to Langley City which has planned itself to actually provide the opportunities for the future that are required to make sure that transit works,” Campbell said, according to a transcript of the lengthy speech, which also covered topics including the Olympic legacy, the HST, and the economy.
“It's time to get ready to build a rapid bus from Langley to Chilliwack,” he said. “It's time to build rapid transit to UBC.”
“It's time we got started. We decided finally on the technology. We made the decisions within the next year so we can get on with building the kind of communities and cities that we need that will serve the needs of our citizens.”
Campbell also provided assurance construction will start in spring 2011 on the planned Evergreen Line SkyTrain link to the Tri-Cities, and that the line will open by 2014.