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Metro Vancouver Wrestles with Ways to Get Federal Government Involved on Massey Tunnel Replacement

Posted on March 21, 2016

By Kelly Sinoski, The Vancouver Sun

Metro Vancouver is trying to figure out the best way to persuade the federal government to launch an environmental review of the bridge proposed to replace the Massey tunnel, after staff said it didn’t have enough information on the $3.5-billion project to make a compelling case.

Directors on Metro’s intergovernmental committee asked staff Wednesday to strengthen a draft letter to the federal government that outlines the rationale for a federal environmental assessment, in addition to a review being done by the province.

The Metro board last month told directors that a draft letter to the federal government was not strong enough to ensure it would get involved. But directors argued Wednesday they don’t have any further evidence because the provincial government, which announced the new bridge, has not been revealing project specifics, such as tolling rates or other financial numbers.


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