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Greater Vancouver may appear to be losing the battle against traffic congestion and urban sprawl but there is hope the region's two new rapid transit lines will reverse the trend, a report says.

TransLink planning and policy director Clive Rock said the region's afternoon rush hour has expanded to five hours from four.

Mr. Rock's report said 50 per cent of new office jobs are in new office parks scattered on Greater Vancouver's outer edges, where they are difficult to serve by road and impossible by transit.

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However, Mr. Rock told TransLink directors on Wednesday that the planned Richmond-Airport-Vancouver rapid transit line and a light-rail extension from the Millennium SkyTrain Line in Burnaby to the designated growth centres could make the difference. CP

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