Bridging the Week: Trans Canada in Pictures and Talking BC Transit

We have been sharing a lot about the Trans-Canada Highway over the last couple of months. Highway 1 runs across our beautiful province and connects us with the rest of the country, opening up countless cultural and economic opportunities to the residents of B.C and the world…and giving us a pretty great road trip. This month, we celebrated its fiftieth anniversary and this week in B.C. transportation news, Canada’s Main Street saw its name in headlines with the announcement of a big investment. (Hint: bigger and wider)

There were other announcements in transportation this week, including the results of the independent BC Transit Review, bridge work at Brassey Creek and milestones in Port Mann Tolling Registration and we will cover those, but first we thought it might be interesting to focus on the Trans Canada improvement announcement.

The announcement outlined our goal to continue four-laning along the Trans-Canada Highway between Kamloops and the Alberta border over the next 10 years, as well as plans to replace the George Massey Tunnel, but it also highlighted some of the key projects we have achieved in the Lower Mainland area over the last ten years.

We thought you might enjoy a look back at some of those projects, kind of like a ten years in your rear view mirror.

(Caution: Objects in mirror are closer than they appear)

Completion of Border Infrastructure Project, including four-laning of both Highways 10 and 15

Completion of the Pitt River Bridge and Mary Hill Interchange Project

Construction of the South Fraser Perimeter Road Project

Construction of the Port Mann Bridge replacement and Highway 1 Improvement Project

Completion of bus and HOV lanes on Highway 99 and the Lougheed Highway

Transportation is not just about cars and trucks, it’s also about busses, so our work with transit also made headlines this week with our response to the independent BC Transit Review. The panel concluded that British Columbians receives good value for their transit dollar, but provided recommendations for improvement to the decision-making process, the governance structure and the accountabilities between BC Transit, local governments and the B.C. government. If you want to learn more about the review, click here.

The TReO tolling system passed the 70, 000 enrollment mark this week. Commuters looking to save time and money are registering early. The government announced that early birds would benefit from using the system in advance of the bridges official opening in December.

Brassey Creek also made headlines this week with the announcement that work is set to begin on a new bridge over the area’s namesake, Brassey Creek (and a pipe arch over Buffalo Creek), to replace the crossings that were washed out during the massive rainfalls in the Peace last year. Stay tuned for more on progress there.

All of these improvements, past and future will support the continued growth of our province and are a part of our Pacific Gateway Strategy. If you have any questions, connect with us at @TranBC on Twitter or on our Facebook page. We are always happy to talk transportation news whenever you are.

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