#WhatsTheLink: 3 ways TransLink helps free up congestion in Metro Vancouver

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#WhatsTheLink is a series about all that TransLink, Metro Vancouver’s transportation authority, is responsible for in the region. Learn more at translink.com/wtl and join the conversation on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, the Buzzer blog and here of course!

Here’s a little known fact about public transit in Vancouver: Six out of ten people in Metro Vancouver take public transit to work or school. It’s true! Every day, 418,000 people take TransLink transit.

Besides being an important mode of transportation for people in the region, having an efficient public transit system is one way TransLink helps free up congestion on the roads. By moving trips away from the road to SkyTrain, West Coast Express, SeaBus or bus, TransLink helps the region avoids huge traffic congestion problems.

Speaking of roads, another way TransLink helps free up congestion is by managing the Major Roads Network (MRN). Roads are the backbone for the movement of goods in the region. When truckers aren’t using the Provincial roads network, they look to the MRN to get them where they need to go. This year, TransLink is providing $42 million dollars towards the MRN.

The funding of major infrastructure projects is the third way TransLink helps move people and goods throughout the region. Examples of these types of projects are the Golden Ears Bridge and the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor, which are intended to alleviate congestion and bottlenecks on the roads network.

Providing an efficient public transportation system, managing the Major Roads Network and funding major infrastructure projects are three ways TransLink helps get you and goods we all need moving around the region.

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Robert Willis is a Communications Advisor for TransLink. He looks after digital communications, including social media for the organization. He’s also the editor of the Buzzer blog and newsletter.

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