AMS Statement on the Broadway Line and Federal Budget 2016

VANCOUVER — On March 22nd, the Honorable William Francis Morneau, Minister of Finance, tabled the 2016-2017 federal budget in the House of Commons. The AMS would like to commend the government for its planned investment in public transit, strengthening the Canada Student Grants program and providing funding for infrastructure at post-secondary institutions.

“As a longtime advocate for the construction of rapid rail along the Broadway Corridor, extending to UBC’s campus, the AMS is glad to see the federal government acknowledge the importance of public transit by investing immediately in the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund, as well committing to fund up to 50 per cent of eligible costs for projects,” said Jude Crasta, Vice-President of External Affairs.

The Broadway Corridor is one of the busiest bus corridors in North America, the second largest business centre in the province and is a major artery connecting UBC to the rest of the city. Commuters along the Corridor are consistently passed by buses that are at capacity and inefficient public transit continues to produce harmful emissions. “The AMS welcomes the federal government’s planned investment in transit infrastructure and looks forward to a direct commitment to the Broadway Line in the near future,” said Crasta.

As the federal government moves forward with selecting public transit projects to receive funding, the AMS will continue to work with partners in all levels of government to ensure that the Broadway Line is recognized as a critical project for the region.

Media Contact

Kelsi Wall, AMS University and Government Affairs Office

kelsiwall@ams.ubc.ca

604-822-2280

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