UBC has launched a campaign aimed at getting Canada’s Federal Gov’t and the Provincial Gov’t of BC to throw in a few billions of funding to build the currently-funded Millennium Skytrain extension all the way to UBC. It’s good pre-election timing.
As usual, Kenneth Chan at Daily Hive has written a clear and detailed story on the UBC line and its design tradeoffs. It appears that you’ll have to fight UBC in a cage match to oblivion in order to get LRT on that route. Given the ridership numbers in evidence, I’d have to agree that fast high-capacity tech is the answer. Don’t forget integration with the rest of the region’s Skytrain tech.
The accompanying sketches show the Skytrain route passing near to the massive Jericho development. But true to it’s oddly silent nature, there is no mention of any transit opportunity there. There is a coy little jog as the sketched route crosses Alma, and a station at Alma.
Still, these are mere details until the big issue is resolved: the money.
UBC is Exploring a Financial Contribution
UBC is committed to working with regional partners, agencies and governments to accelerate planning and construction of a SkyTrain extension to campus.
Recognizing that Metro Vancouver transit projects are typically cost-shared between three levels of government (regional, provincial and federal), UBC is exploring ways to make a meaningful financial contribution to the regional share of the project without diverting any funding from its academic mission including provincial grants, current endowments, research funding nor student tuition.
Project costs will be more fully understood as detailed planning and design advances, but UBC’s contribution may take many forms:
- Providing land for stations as York University recently did for the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Expansion
- Charges collected from developers as the City of Richmond is doing for the new Canada Line Capstan Way station
- A direct financial contribution from new revenues enabled by rapid transit as YVR did to support the Canada Line
Yet to be rolled into the planning is the massive land lift sure to follow at the UBC extensions’ stations and surrounding neighbourhoods.