Yesterday I was fortunate to announce $1.47 billion in new funding to upgrade and expand the SkyTrain fleet. Our government understands that reliable transportation makes our communities stronger and more prosperous. That is why we have begun over $180 billion in overdue investments in transit, roads, and bridges that will help connect communities today and in to the future.
The investment announced yesterday will replace 150 SkyTrain cars that are nearing the end of their life cycle. It will also enable the purchase of 50 new train cars. These new cars will increase SkyTrain capacity by 5,000 passengers at peak times. That extra capacity will allow for more frequent trains, getting you home a little bit sooner and with a little bit more room on the train.
Additionally, a new vehicle storage facility will be built, upgrades to the vehicle operations and maintenance centre will be made and mainline power, train control, and operating systems will be improved along the Expo and Millennium Lines to support longer and more frequent trains.
I’m proud that our government is investing in the future of our transit system, and to know that with this funding commutes right here in Vancouver South will be made a little bit easier.