FIN IN THE NEWS: Donnelly to push evergreen line

From New Westminster News Leader

Published: September 21, 2010 9:00 AM Updated: September 21, 2010 9:15 AM

Local MP Fin Donnelly is back in Ottawa this week with the Evergreen transit line at the top of his wish list. The New Westminster-Coquitlam-Port Moody MP says he will be calling on the federal government to help fund the Evergreen line during the fall session of Parliament, which started last week. The proposed transit line through Port Moody and Coquitlam, which will connect to the existing Millennium SkyTrain line and build stations in Port Moody, needs an additional $574 million from the provincial and federal governments to be built, said the NDP MP. “The Evergreen line is the most pressing transportation infrastructure project in the Lower Mainland,” he said. The project is expected to cost $1.4 billion. TransLink and the federal and provincial governments originally agreed to pay for it with shares of approximately $400 million. But since the original agreement, the budget has risen and TransLink has plead poverty, saying it has no revenue source for its share. Donnelly wants the senior governments to pay TransLink’s portion as well as their own. The remaining budget could come from a private public partnership. Donnelly recently launched a petition in his riding to get senior levels of government to fund the gap.