"Today, I joined my Mayors' Council colleagues to meet with Infrastructure and Communities Minister Sohi to discuss the federal government's longer-term transit funding plan, a significant step in making the 10-year Metro Vancouver Transportation and Transit Plan a reality.
The City of Vancouver is encouraged that today’s federal budget makes significant commitments to short and long-term investments in housing, transit and social infrastructure, and Mayor Robertson and the City are reaffirming their commitment to work closely with both the provincial and federal governments to expedite projects that put this funding to use.
The City of Vancouver has reached a historic agreement with Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (CP) that will secure the legacy of the Arbutus Greenway for public use for years to come.
The City has agreed to purchase the railway route from CP, which represents 42 acres of open space running approximately nine kilometres from Milton Street to 1st Avenue for $55 million.
Starting this summer, there will be a new way to get around Vancouver on two wheels. Today, the City of Vancouver announces its selection of CycleHop Canada as the operator of Vancouver’s public bike share (PBS) program.
“Vancouver's cycling numbers are skyrocketing and we've been hearing from many residents wanting a bike share network here,” says Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Public bike share will extend the reach of transit and walking trips and will be a great way for people to move around Vancouver, while supporting our Healthy City and Greenest City goals.”
Today City Council approved Vancouver’s 2016 Budget. This balanced budget will keep taxes and fees low while making investments in priority areas such as affordable housing, transportation, and infrastructure.
“The City of Vancouver plays a strong role in supporting our city’s economic leadership and enhancing the livability and quality of life for our residents,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Vancouver is keeping taxes low while investing in priorities like affordable housing, community services and better service delivery.”
City Council has voted to proceed with plans to remove the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts, following a four-year process that involved extensive studies of traffic patterns, seismic safety, park configuration and financing options. The removal of the viaducts will eliminate the need for up to $65 million in seismic upgrades, reconnect Chinatown and Strathcona with False Creek, and provide an opportunity for a 13 acre park in False Creek.