The Mayors’ Council Plan for regional transportation investment identifies a SkyTrain extension in a tunnel between VCC-Clark Station and a new station at Arbutus and Broadway.
Why extend the SkyTrain along Broadway?
- TransLink’s UBC Line Rapid Transit Study found that a Broadway SkyTrain extension is the highest ranked transportation alternative in all categories.
- The first phase of the SkyTrain extension would travel from VCC-Clark Station to Arbutus in 10 minutes. When the second phase of the extension to UBC is complete, the trip from VCC-Clark Station and UBC would take 19 minutes.
- SkyTrain is a driverless system and has the lowest operating costs are lowest on a per kilometre and per passenger basis than other transportation alternatives.
- A SkyTrain extension would attract the most number of new regional transit trips, and would provide travel between Coquitlam Centre and UBC or Downtown Vancouver or Vancouver International Airport without a transfer.
- A SkyTrain extension would reduce the need for transfers at Commercial-Broadway Station—the region’s biggest transit bottleneck.
Roles and responsibilities
TransLink’s UBC Line Rapid Transit Study was a multi-year technical study that identified and evaluated rapid transit alternatives for the Broadway corridor from Commercial Drive to UBC. The study was jointly funded by the Provincial Government and TransLink. These agencies are ultimately responsible for the final decision.
The City of Vancouver, Metro Vancouver, UBC, the University Endowment Lands, and the Musqueam First Nation were directly involved as partner agencies. Specifically, City of Vancouver staff:
- Ensured that the City’s full range of interests are identified and addressed in the study
- Provided input for the technical analysis of the alternatives and review findings
- Helped direct and inform the public process
- Advanced City-endorsed planning principles for rapid transit
- Participated in all subcommittees established for the study.
Vancouver’s rapid transit themes and principles
The following themes and principles will guide City staff in the planning and implementation of this rapid transit line. City Council unanimously approved these principles for the Broadway Corridor and UBC Line Rapid Transit Study on April 22, 2010.
- Significantly support greenhouse gas reduction and related environmental targets and objectives established by the Province, regional agencies, and the City.'
- Provide an affordable, cost-effective, and timely rapid transit solution for both construction and operation over the long term.
- Provide transit capacity, service quality, and system resilience to support existing and future transit targets and objectives.
- Integrate rapid transit with walking, cycling, and local transit, while accommodating goods movement needs.
- Serve existing and planned land use including major destinations, and help shape future land use policies including higher densities where appropriate.
- Provide a consistently high standard of urban design and amenity, and significantly improve the public realm for pedestrians, cyclists, and transit users.
- Promote a diverse, healthy and green economy, improve local access to major commercial and institutional destinations, and support the concentration of jobs on Central Broadway.
Social, community, and business
- Address the needs of local and regional transit users, neighbours and adjacent communities, and businesses.
- Minimize and mitigate construction and operation impacts.
- Provide opportunities for meaningful engagement of stakeholders and the general public.