Simon Little reported this morning on CKNW that consultations on Surrey light rail and Broadway subway to begin next week. Please visit CKNW for the full story. Here are some excerpts. See bottom for references and links (to be expanded). Many unresolved issues are still out there regarding the proposed Broadway Subway, including the Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods’ view that a grid of transit improvements in Vancouver would provide much greater benefit at at a lower cost.
Consultations on Surrey light rail and Broadway subway to begin next week
(News Talk 980 CKNW, Simon Little. 17-Jan-2017)
- The wheels are finally in motion for a pair of hotly anticipated Metro Vancouver mass transit projects.
- TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond says consultation will begin next week on a light rail system for Surrey, and the Broadway subway.
- Desmond made the announcement flanked by Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, as a part of an update on phase one of the Mayors’ 10-year transit plan. [See link to Translink media release at bottom.]
- Light rail consultation will begin Tuesday, January 24, while Subway consultation kicks off Saturday January 28.
- As currently envisioned, phase one of the light rail project would run from 72nd Ave. and King George through Surrey Central, before bending east on 104th Ave. to 152nd Ave. in Guilford. A future phase two would run southeast along Fraser Highway to Langley.
- The proposed subway phase one would extend from VCC station west to Arbutus and Broadway. A future phase two would continue to UBC.
- Hepner says design work is now underway for phase two of the 10-year plan, but that funding questions remain critical.
- Emily Lazatin @EmilyLazatin980
Kevin Desmond says 28 new SkyTrain cars expected by end of 2018 and ‘lots’ of new busses in the next few years.
- On top of new project announcements, Desmond says TransLink is looking to boost the frequency of service across a number of parts of the existing system, with the equivalent of 185,000 bus, SkyTrain, and SeaBus seats per week being added.
- He says it will be doubling daytime SeaBus service on Sundays and holidays so that the vessels run every 15 minutes, and will increase Canada Line service during peak hours.
- More frequent Expo, Millennium, and Evergreen line trains are also planned during mid-day, early evenings, and weekends.
- With files from Emily Lazatin
TransLink expands SkyTrain and SeaBus service to launch Phase One of the 10-Year Vision
January 17, 2017 (Translink media release)
TEN YEAR VISION: http://tenyearvision. translink.ca/
- Phase One: http://tenyearvision. translink.ca/phase-one/
- Phase Two: http://tenyearvision. translink.ca/phase-two/
Public consultations for the Millennium Line extension to Arbutus will take place as follows:
Saturday, January 28 at Douglas Park Community Centre from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, January 31 at the Croatian Cultural Centre from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, February 1 at Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Public consultations for the Surrey-Newton-Guilford LRT Project will take place as follows:
Tuesday, January 24 at the Guilford Recreation Centre from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, January 25 at Surrey City Hall from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, January 26 at the Newton Cultural Centre from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
More to be added…
The Straight has published a number of interesting articles by Stanley Woodvine about speculation, development, and the proposed Broadway Subway…
Homeless in Vancouver: The “hole” story behind Broadway subway stations
by Stanley Q. Woodvine on May 28th, 2016
Homeless in Vancouver: More Broadway tunnel station speculation
by Stanley Q. Woodvine on May 29th, 2016
Homeless in Vancouver: Going for Broadway line bucks and other real estate developments
by Stanley Q. Woodvine on April 30th, 2016