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Vancouver's TransLink to upgrade infrastructure on light-, commuter-rail systems


The Canadian and British Columbian governments, and TransLink are partnering to fund $280 million worth of projects aimed at improving transit-rail services in the Vancouver area.

Under a joint program, TransLink will upgrade infrastructure on its SkyTrain automated light-rail system, as well as several stations along the Expo Line, including the Main Street and Scott Road stations, by lengthening platforms and improving pedestrian circulation and access, and access for passengers with disabilities. The agency also will upgrade the Waterfront and Mission stations on its West Coast Express commuter-rail line to accommodate longer cars and improve passenger access.

In addition, TransLink will purchase new SkyTrain cars and buy seven additional cars for the West Coast Express.

The provincial government will provide more than $118 million and federal government, $88.3 million for the projects. The balance will be funded by TransLink and local governments.

The partnership is part of a $14 billion capital infrastructure program designed to create jobs and improve infrastructure in British Columbia.

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