PM visits construction site of new Translink SeaBus

Latest addition to Vancouver’s transit fleet made possible through federal Gas Tax Fund
Esquimalt, British Columbia
5 August 2009

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today visited the Victoria Shipyards, where workers have recently finished work on the MV Burrard Pacific Breeze, the latest addition to Vancouver’s TransLink SeaBus fleet.  The long-awaited new SeaBus was made possible in part by funding provided to the City of Vancouver through the Harper Government’s Gas Tax Fund.

“Our government will continue to support Canadians who use public transit,” said the Prime Minister.  “That’s why we introduced the Public Transit Tax Credit for transit users.  It is also why we make gas tax money available to municipalities – so they can invest in the transit solutions that Canadians deserve to see.  This new SeaBus is one more example of how we are working together to create jobs today and improve quality of life for years to come.”

The MV Burrard Pacific Breeze, TransLink’s third passenger-only ferry, can carry up to 400 passengers at a time.  It will go into service in December 2009, to allow time to train the crew on the new technology and configuration of the wheelhouse.

“This new vessel will reduce commuting times, traffic congestion and vehicle emissions by taking more cars off the road,” said the Prime Minister.  “It will enter service just in time to help accommodate the visitors who arrive in Vancouver for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

The Gas Tax Fund is a tripartite agreement between Canada, British Columbia and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities, delivering infrastructure funding to local governments for capital projects that lead to cleaner air, cleaner water or reduced greenhouse gas emissions.