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TranksLink Mayors - Not Even 5 Minutes For The Worst Traffic Bottleneck In Canada

Jul 27, 2017

Office of the Mayor

For immediate release – July 27, 2017

This morning, the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation defeated a motion from Mayor Lois E. Jackson to allow Mr. George V. Harvie, Chief Administrative Officer, to speak about the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project and the opportunity for the Highway 99 corridor to benefit from $500 million in transit improvements.

The Mayors’ Council argued that, since the bridge is a Provincial initiative, it is outside of their mandate – “I don’t think we should spend time at TransLink dealing with issues that are outside of our jurisdiction”, noted Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan.

“The TransLink Mayors don’t have even five minutes to consider one of the worst traffic bottlenecks in Canada,” said Mayor Jackson. “They are abandoning the 10,000 transit riders and the people who drive more than 80,000 vehicles through the George Massey Tunnel every day. Just this morning, Highway 99 was at a complete gridlock in Delta, once again, due to an accident north-bound at the Tunnel.”

Mayor Lois E. Jackson and Delta Council have been strong supporters of the new bridge to replace the aging George Massey Tunnel and recently released a report that shows the advantages of the bridge over other crossing options. View the report.

For more information on this news release, contact the Mayor’s Office at 604-946-3210 or e-mail