Premier Christy Clark has issued the following statement following the Mayors’ Council vote:
“I’m pleased to hear the Mayors' Council has agreed to move forward on Phase 1 transit-expansion funding we announced earlier this year with the federal government. The provincial government’s contribution of more than $246 million is ready immediately.
“Expanding transit in Metro Vancouver has never been more important. These investments will help meet rising demand, ease congestion, lower our carbon footprint and further enhance quality of life in what is already one of the world’s most livable cities.
“It means more SkyTrain cars, improvements to bus and SkyTrain exchanges, moving forward on rapid transit in Vancouver and Surrey, and a new SeaBus in North Vancouver.
“British Columbia is in a position to make this kind of investment without going into deficit because we have controlled government spending, and our strong, diverse economy, which leads Canada in growth and job creation. Because we have our house in order, we can focus on investing in the services people depend on, such as transit.
“As more people move here to pursue their dreams, we need to continue expanding and improving transit services, because it plays a pivotal role in creating liveable, affordable, and connected communities.
“I look forward to working with our federal and municipal partners on Phase 2.”