Metro Vancouver used recent federal funding to kick start its 10-year transit expansion plan to cut congestion and keep up with surging ridership. This will include extending the SkyTrain rapid transit system under Broadway Avenue in Vancouver and between Surrey and Langley, as well as buying new trains to increase the capacity of the existing Skytrain network by almost 50%. These projects are only possible thanks to the government’s Investing in Canada Plan. All of this will lead to faster commutes and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. A win for the economy and the environment.
The Green Line is Calgary’s next light rail transit (LRT) line, and the largest infrastructure investment in the city to date. With a federal commitment of 1/3 of the funding for the project, the Green Line is designed to be both a transit system and a city-shaping investment. It will provide efficient service and connections to destinations throughout the city, and areas where people can live affordably with access to amenities, services and sustainable mobility options. Currently funded for its first phase, the Green Line will be an important piece of Calgary's transit network, ultimately adding 46 kilometres of track to the existing 59 kilometre LRT system. Once the full alignment is built, the line will carry an estimated 240,000 trips per day.
Edmonton’s Valley Line West is a part of 27 km light rail transit line that will operate between Mill Woods in southeast Edmonton and Lewis Farms in west Edmonton. It will run from downtown to Lewis Farms, with long stretches of track on 104th Avenue, Stony Plain Road, 156th Street and 87th Avenue. The route includes 14 street-level stops plus elevated stations at Misericordia Hospital and West Edmonton Mall. This line is part of an overall strategy in the city of Edmonton to connect people, communities and businesses through LRT. This will take cars off the road and get people where they need to be faster.
Ottawa’s Stage 2 light rail transit project will change the way people move around the city. This project will deliver 44 kilometres of rail and 24 new stations. That means shorter commutes, cleaner air, and a stronger economy. Stage 2 will connect the city from Trim Road in the east to Algonquin College and Moodie Drive in the west. Going south, Stage 2 will extend the existing O-Train to Riverside South and will include a link to the Ottawa International Airport. When complete, Stage 2 will bring 77% of residents within five kilometres of rail. With Ottawa projected to grow to 1.14 million people by 2031, Stage 2 will help ensure the nation’s capital continues to be a sustainable and prosperous place to live and work.
The City of Brampton is about to begin a pan-Canadian electric bus demonstration and integration trial. This will be the largest global deployment to date of fully interoperable battery electric buses and high-powered, overhead, on-route chargers. It will displace the city’s diesel buses and significantly reduce greenhouse gases and air pollution. Funded with significant federal investment, the e-bus launch will be a huge milestone in Brampton’s journey to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050. The other municipal partners in this pan-Canadian demonstration and trial are York Region Transit, the Regional Municipality of York, Translink and the City of Vancouver.