Broadway Subway: 3+ BIG questions on proposed “Millennium Line Broadway Extension Project” for open houses & survey

 

IMPORTANT REPORTS

Millennium Line Broadway Extension: Engagement Summary Report (December 2016 – February 2017). Prepared by: MODUS Planning, Design & Engagement Inc. for StantecConsulting Ltd.
Full report
TWO EXCERPTS OF “Feedback Highlights” (p3 of the summary report):
  • “Strong support for the Broadway Extension: 80% of online survey respondents are “very supportive” of the Broadway Extension.”
  • “Integrated land use planning: interest in how the project will impact streetscapes and housing affordability, particularly for Jericho Lands and Arbutus Corridor planning.”

SOME INDEPENDENT COMMENTS

Observant readers have noticed that the new (current) questionnaire is only asking what kind of design details and impacts during construction, not whether there is support for the project.

Also, in the last “consultation” stage, officials would not deny that the project would be “cut-and-cover”–an approach that caused major disruptions in construction of the Canada Line on Cambie Street. Perhaps cut-and-cover is still on the table since the current questionnaire doesn’t specifically say it will be tunnelled. It does, however, mention tunnelling equipment at the beginning and end points.
MORE DETAILS FROM TRANSLINK DOCUMENTATION
Phase 1: Millennium Line Extension to Arbutus
*    6 km of track extending from VCC–Clark to Arbutus under Broadway
*    6 underground stations
*    B-Line bus service from Arbutus Street west to UBC
Phase 2: Rapid Transit to UBC
*    We continue to work with stakeholders to complete the next phase of
rapid transit to UBC.
The Millennium Line Broadway Extension is the City of Vancouver’s number one
transportation priority, and one of the most significant infrastructure
investments for the region’s future.
*    Central Broadway (from Main to Burrard) is British Columbia’s
largest employment centre after Downtown Vancouver.
*    The Broadway corridor connects jobs and innovation centres within
Metro Vancouver including Vancouver General Hospital and UBC.
*    Extending rapid transit adds to regional affordability through
reduced transportation costs and better access to more affordable housing
choices.
More information about the UBC Line Rapid Transit Study can be found in the
Key Findings Infographic
Alternatives Evaluation Executive Summary
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Here are some additional comments and questions. For more content from readers, see the comments to this post.
  • What are the annual operating costs of the subway?
  • What are the traffic flows along the route, to they demand a subway?
  • What regions in the metro Vancouver have their transit cannibalized to operate the Broadway subway?
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FOR POSTERITY, HERE IS THE TEXT OF THE SURVEY….

 Your feedback matters. 

This questionnaire will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. It will be open until July 8, 2017.

We welcome your input as we develop the plans for design and construction of the Millennium Line Broadway Extension project.

You are welcome to respond to any or all of the five topic areas. Thank you for your input!
If you would like more details about the project, please consult the materials developed for the public consultation events.

  1. Design features: Inside the stations
  2. Design considerations: Outside the stations
  3. Construction management strategies: Transportation
  4. Construction management strategies: Supporting business access and addressing community needs
  5. Considerations at the beginning and end of the extension
    a. Great Northern Way
    b. Arbutus Exchange

 

  1. Design features: Inside the stations.The following features will inform design and construction inside the stations.
  • Up and down escalators and elevators.
  • Accessible platforms and surfaces.
  • Easy to access information.
  • Clear wayfinding and passenger information.
  • Plan stations to accommodate long-term passenger volumes.
  • Open, transparent design to maximize visibility and safety.
  • Well lit stations
  • Provision for future washrooms
  • Retail opportunities
  • Public art integrated inside stations

Generally, how well do these design features for inside the Millennium Line Broadway Extension stations meet your expectations?

Please select one response only.

Fully meets expectations
Somewhat meets expectations
Neutral
Somewhat does not meet expectations
Does not meet expectations at all

Did we miss anything? Would you like to provide further comments about inside station design? (Optional)

Please be as specific as possible.

 

 

  1. Design considerations: Outside the stations The following considerations will inform design and construction outside of the stations. All will be considered in the design, but we want to know how important each is to you.

For each consideration, please indicate the level of importance to you.

Please select one response for each item.

  Very important Somewhat important Neutral Somewhat unimportant Not important at all
Locate station features such as vents and emergency exits to minimize impacts on sidewalks and public space
Use public art to reflect the neighbourhood character
Prioritizing access to stations considering the City’s hierarchy for moving people and the needs of local communities and businesses
Include public space opportunities at each station
Recognizable as a rapid transit station
Waiting space with weather protection
Street furniture, like waste and recycling bins and benches
Secure bike parking
Public bike share station
Integrated with the existing and planned walking and cycling network

Did we miss anything? Would you like to provide further comments about outside station design? (Optional)

Please be as specific as possible.

 

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  1. Construction management strategies: TransportationThe following construction management strategies are expected to help manage transportation impacts.
  • Minimize impacts to traffic flow and access on Broadway
  • Maintain Broadway’s function as a truck route
  • Prioritize Broadway transit service
  • Develop strategies to manage neighbourhood parking and traffic impacts
  • Ensure pedestrian safety and security around construction zones
  • Maintain predictable transit routes and minimize route detours
  • Ensure dedicated staff to respond to traffic issues as they arise by adapting traffic management plans
  • Use proactive, positive communications on websites, radio or signage to provide advance warning of traffic changes
  • Minimize detours to bike and pedestrian routes

How effective do you think these strategies will be in managing transportation impacts?

Please select one response only.

Very effective
Somewhat effective
Neutral
Somewhat ineffective
Completely ineffective

Did we miss anything? Would you like to provide further comments about transportation related construction management strategies? (Optional)

Please be as specific as possible.

 

  1. Construction management strategies: Supporting business access and addressing community needsThe following construction management strategies are intended to support business access and address other community needs:
  • Establish a Business and Community Liaison Office to manage the impact of construction.
  • Provide continuous and predictable access to homes and businesses, including safe sidewalks and pedestrian crossings.
  • Maintain business visibility and access for customers.
  • Coordinate with businesses to ensure access to loading and parking.
  • Coordinate when (time of day) construction happens to reduce impacts on business and the community, whenever possible.
  • Develop strategies to minimize and manage noise and vibration.
  • Work with residents, business owners, and stakeholders in the community to share information and promote alternative travel choices during construction.
  • Develop strategies to minimize and manage dust (e.g. regular window cleaning).

How effective do you think these strategies will be in supporting business access and addressing community needs during construction?

Please select one response only.

Very effective
Somewhat effective
Neutral
Somewhat ineffective
Completely ineffective

Did we miss anything? Would you like to provide further comments about transportation related strategies that support business access and address community needs? (Optional)

Please be as specific as possible.

 

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  1. Considerations at the beginning and end of the extensionThe Broadway Extension will begin near the Great Northern Way Campus and end near Arbutus Street. While detailed decisions about design and construction have not yet been made, we anticipate more construction activity at each end of the extension.Great Northern Way

    The Great Northern Way area is a unique part of the Millennium Line Broadway Extension. In this area, the extension will have an elevated guideway, a portal where the guideway goes underground, and a station on the Great Northern Way Campus.

    Detailed decisions about the design and construction of the Broadway Extension have not been made. The construction impacts are anticipated to be greater at Great Northern Way than other stations.

    Construction:

  • Great Northern Way will be the launch site for the tunneling equipment and will remain active throughout construction.
  • Removal of excavated soil and staging of construction materials typically occur near the launch site.
  • Other equipment and activity may include tunnel ventilation and storage of tunnel segments.

Design Considerations:

  • An 800 metre section of elevated guideway will extend from VCC-Clark Station to the future Great Northern Way Station.
  • The design will consider:
    • Current and future transportation links.
    • The configuration of the guideway and relationship to adjacent land uses.
    • The design of the tunnel portal.
    • Integration with the Central Valley Greenway and Great Northern Way Campus.

Do you have any comments on what we need to consider about the Great Northern Way area to guide the construction management strategies? (Optional)

 

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Arbutus Exchange

Arbutus Station will be the terminus station for this phase of the Broadway Extension. Passengers at this station will transfer between the Millennium Line and the B-Line bus service operating between Arbutus and UBC. While we expect a similar number of number of 99 B-Line buses to serve the Arbutus area in the future compared to today (approximately 20 per hour), we anticipate shorter queues compared to Commercial-Broadway Station.

Detailed decisions about the design and construction of the Broadway Extension have not been made. However, construction impacts are anticipated to be greater at Arbutus than most stations. Special consideration must be given to the design of the bus exchange and integration with the Arbutus Greenway.

Construction:

  • The removal of tunneling equipment is expected to take place here, which will require an excavation.
  • Staging of materials and equipment may take place here.
  • Construction of infrastructure to facilitate the terminus of the extension will occur here.
  • Pedestrians and cyclists using the all-ages-and-abilities Arbutus Greenway are expected to be affected by detours.

Design Considerations:

  • Bus storage and turnarounds are anticipated to be located on station property.
  • The design will consider:
    • How the bus exchange space could be used in the future when rapid transit to UBC is complete and the bus exchange is no longer needed.
    • Future Arbutus Greenway all-ages-and-abilities pedestrian and bike pathway, which may include a future streetcar service.

Do you have any comments on what we need to consider about the Arbutus area to guide the construction management strategies? (Optional)

 

How often do you use each of the following modes of transportation?


Bus

 

———- Every Day At Least Once a Week At Least Once a Month At Least Once a Year Never


SkyTrain

 

———- Every Day At Least Once a Week At Least Once a Month At Least Once a Year Never


SeaBus

 

———- Every Day At Least Once a Week At Least Once a Month At Least Once a Year Never


West Coast Express

 

———- Every Day At Least Once a Week At Least Once a Month At Least Once a Year Never


HandyDART

 

———- Every Day At Least Once a Week At Least Once a Month At Least Once a Year Never


Drive alone

 

———- Every Day At Least Once a Week At Least Once a Month At Least Once a Year Never


Drive in a vehicle with one or more passengers

 

———- Every Day At Least Once a Week At Least Once a Month At Least Once a Year Never


Cycle

 

———- Every Day At Least Once a Week At Least Once a Month At Least Once a Year Never

 

 

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Please select the municipality you live in.

Please select one response only.

Abbotsford
Anmore
Belcarra
Bowen Island
Burnaby
Coquitlam
Delta
Electoral Area A
Langley City
Langley Township
Lions Bay
Maple Ridge
Mission
New Westminster
North Vancouver City
North Vancouver District
Pitt Meadows
Port Coquitlam
Port Moody
Richmond
Surrey
Tsawwassen First Nation
Vancouver
West Vancouver
White Rock
Other

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Please select the neighbourhood you live in.

Please select one response only.

Arbutus-Ridge
Downtown
Dunbar-Southlands
Fairview
Grandview-Woodland
Hastings-Sunrise
Kensington-Cedar Cottage
Kerrisdale
Killarney
Kitsilano
Marpole
Mount Pleasant
Oakridge
Renfrew-Collingwood
Riley Park
Shaughnessy
South Cambie
Strathcona
Sunset
University of British Columbia
Victoria-Fraserview
West End
West Point Grey
Don’t know

XXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Do you work or attend school in Vancouver?

Please select one response only.

XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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Please select the neighbourhood where you work or attend school.

Please select one response only.

Arbutus-Ridge
Downtown
Dunbar-Southlands
Fairview
Grandview-Woodland
Hastings-Sunrise
Kensington-Cedar Cottage
Kerrisdale
Killarney
Kitsilano
Marpole
Mount Pleasant
Oakridge
Renfrew-Collingwood
Riley Park
Shaughnessy
South Cambie
Strathcona
Sunset
University of British Columbia
Victoria-Fraserview
West End
West Point Grey
Don’t know

 

Are you:

Please select one response only.

Male
Female
Transgender
None of the above. I identify as:
Prefer not to say

XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

 

How would you prefer to receive project information and consultation updates?

Please select all that apply.

Email
TransLink website
City of Vancouver website
TransLink social media
City of Vancouver social media
Postcard
Community Poster
Newspaper
Radio
Newsletter delivered to home/business
Other – Please specify:
None of the above

XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

How did you hear about this questionnaire?

Please select all that apply.

Word of mouth
Open house
City of Vancouver website
TransLink website
Buzzer blog
TransLink E-Newsletter
City of Vancouver social media (Facebook or Twitter)
TransLink social media (Facebook or Twitter)
Reddit
Online ad
Newspaper ad
Poster
Street Team
Community group
Front-line staff (Bus operator, SkyTrain Attendant, etc.)
Other – Please specify:

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Thanks for participating!

Thank you for participating! Your feedback is important to us and will help inform decision making as we plan for the future of transportation in Vancouver.

Want to stay up-to-date on the Millennium Line Broadway Extension and other plans and projects? Sign up for TransLink eNewsletters.

Learn more about the Millennium Line Broadway Extension.

Have questions about the public engagement? Email broadwayextension@translink.ca.

 

2 thoughts on “Broadway Subway: 3+ BIG questions on proposed “Millennium Line Broadway Extension Project” for open houses & survey

  1. May I ask a fourth question: “What are the annual operating costs of the subway?”

    Subways have much higher power consumption than elevated or at-grade systems, as the power for elevators/escalators, lighting, ventilation and sumps are more than what the trains will consume. Also ongoing cleaning is essential, if not damage will happen to the sensitive ATC controls. Most subways have vacuum trains to clean the subway on a regular basis.

    Now a fifth question: “What are the traffic flows along the route, to they demand a subway?” The old measure for subway construction in Canada was that subways would only be built on routes with traffic flows in excess of 15,000 pphpd (in Europe, transit routes must be carrying in excess of 20,000 pphpd before a subway is considered) as operating a subway on routes with lesser traffic flows, means higher subsidies must be paid.

    At a glance at TransLink’s timetable, the maximum headway for the B-Line express buses is 3 minute headway’s or 20 trips per hour, which gives a max. capacity of 2,250 pphpd. Add the trolleybuses then maximum capacity is under 4,000 pphpd.

    This means the Broadway subway will have not only high operating costs but also be highly subsidized, especially as the majority of customers will be using the deep discounted U-Pass.

    This leads to a sixth question: “What regions in the metro Vancouver have their transit cannibalized to operate the Broadway subway?”

  2. I live on East 2nd Ave near Great Northern Way and see empty 99 B-Line busses driving by my building throughout the day. Why are we going going to spend billions on a subway when busses are running empty along an under utilized route that already goes to UBC?

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