New highway instead of RAV line?
B.C.'s transportation minister is now saying that the province will move forward quickly on plans to expand Highway...
B.C.’s transportation minister is now saying that the province will move forward quickly on plans to expand Highway 1 in Lower Mainland Vancouver following the breakdown of plans to extend the rapid transit system to Richmond and Vancouver International Airport.
Minister Kevin Falcon said the $600-million plans to build an eight-lane freeway from First Avenue to 200th Street in Langley was not supposed to happen until after the 2010 Winter Olympics, but now they will have to move ahead in order to try and ease traffic congestion. The project would likely require the “twinning” or upgrade of the Port Mann bridge.
In late June the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority “Translink” dropped plans to construct the RAV (Richmond-Airport-Vancouver) light-rapid transit and underground line. Translink’s board of directors made the decision, which was partly due to questions about cost and some public unease with the private sector involvement.