Will there be transit across the Port Mann Bridge on opening day?
TI Corp is working with TransLink to coordinate the start of new transit service with the opening of the new bridge. Details of specific routes and times will be posted closer to the date of opening.
On October 5, 2007, an agreement was signed by the Ministry of Transportation and TransLink committing to the introduction of a RapidBus Transit service between Langley and Coquitlam/Burnaby, when the new Port Mann Bridge opens in 2013. This will be the first time in over 20 years that transit has been available across the Port Mann Bridge.
The RapidBus service between Coquitlam/Burnaby and Langley will be a viable transportation alternative to single-occupant vehicles for people using the Port Mann Bridge. With few stops and using HOV lanes, the RapidBus will take less than 25 minutes, which will be just as fast or faster than travelling by car.
WILL THE IMPROVEMENTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE PMH1 PROJECT CONTRIBUTE TO INCREASED VEHICLE EMISSIONS?
The PMH1 improvements are a key component of the Province’s plan to reduce congestion, give people efficient transportation options improve goods movement and reduce vehicle emissions.
Traffic congestion, particularly idling cars and trucks, contributes to poor air quality. Reducing idling by encouraging a free flow of traffic and alternative transportation choices means air emissions due to idling will improve.
The PMH1 Project will reduce vehicle idling and contribute to new transit options as well as some increase in vehicle traffic. When considered overall, the Gateway Program will address congestion, safety and mobility problems with virtually no increase in regional greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions – a net increase of less than one per cent.
The Gateway Program also provides for over $50 million for expansion of cycling facilities.
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How is the Environment being protected?
As part of the project, important environmental and habitat work is taking place on-and off-corridor to deliver the project to the highest environmental standards. This work has four main components:
Enhancement – environmental improvements to enhance habitat value, usually by making habitat larger than it was before, as well as improving an area’s long‐term function.
Compensation – create new habitat to compensate for unavoidable adverse effects of the project, to ensure no net loss of productive fish habitat as a result of the project.
Construction timing – schedule work to avoid conflict with environmentally sensitive periods such as bird nesting periods, and fish migration and spawning.
Protection/restoration – protect areas under active construction with activities such as slope stabilization, and restore areas following construction through activities including re‐vegetation, rock walls and rock blankets. All work is done in accordance with environmental requirements, including measures to protect fish, wildlife and their habitat.
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