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British Columbia extends pandemic relief funding for transit agencies

BC Transit and TransLink will receive CA$28 million and CA$176 million, respectively.
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British Columbia is extending financial relief to BC Transit and TransLink to help the agencies continue to restore ridership to pre-pandemic levels.

BC Transit will receive CA$28 million and TransLink CA$176 million to help offset the revenue impact during the ridership rebuilding period, province officials said in a press release. The province has already distributed CA$1 billion in funding to BC Transit, TransLink and BC Ferries since September 2020 under the Safe Restart program.

"Over the past two years, it’s never been more apparent how essential good transit service is for strong communities," said Rob Fleming, British Columbia's minister of transportation and infrastructure. "We’ve demonstrated our commitment to quality transit with funding assistance unmatched by any other province."

TransLink has reported that its ridership levels have recovered to about 67% of pre-pandemic levels, while BC Transit has reported recovery to 70%.

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