Tuesday, April 20, 2010

First stage of UBC Line Rapid Transit Study seeks public input

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The public is needed to provide input into the first phase of the Vancouver, B.C.,  UBC Line Rapid Transit Study. Community consultation meetings for this phase of the study start the week of April 19 and continue through mid-May.

The UBC Line Rapid Transit Study is jointly funded by TransLink and the Province of British Columbia, and is supported by the City of Vancouver, the University of British Columbia, the UBC Endowment Lands and Metro Vancouver.

The study is looking at options in providing future rapid transit service along the Broadway corridor from Commercial Drive to UBC. The corridor is already one of the busiest in the region, and making improvements in the ability of transit to move people around and through it will help enhance livability and sustainability in Metro Vancouver.

TransLink is involving stakeholders early in the broad-based study, and at every milestone along the way. Since last summer, TransLink has held meetings and workshops with local area residents, businesses, community groups, faculty and students in order to start the discussion in defining the need for the study, and its associated issues, challenges and opportunities. Discussing the types of transit technologies for the corridor and how to evaluate them has also been an important part of these talks. Bus rapid transit, light rail transit and rail rapid transit, as well as improving existing bus service are all being studied.

Based on these initial discussions, TransLink again met with stakeholder groups April 15 to discuss route and technology combinations that are being proposed for the corridor. Currently, there are six alternatives recommended for discussion. These can be viewed at www.bepartoftheplan.ca


One of the key points of discussion during the workshops: Whether this is the right range of transit alternatives from which to start a more detailed Phase Two design and evaluation-and, if it is, what considerations should the study team take into account as the alternatives are developed further.

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