As expected, the Broadway UBC rapid transit project has gained prominence in the past few weeks and the SkyTrain lobby has taken to the blogosphere to spread “SkyTrain Speak.” SkyTrain Speak, is the myth and propaganda created by the SkyTrain lobby to further the cause promoting further construction of the obsolete proprietary light metro.
The Broadway UBC rapid transit or subway project, is being promoted by Vancouver politico’s, who realize that the City of Surrey’s population will soon surpass that of Vancouver and that Vancouver’s monopoly of scarce transit funds will soon go South of the Fraser. Vancouver’s politicians suffer a rather malignant form of ‘civic penis envy’, where they firmly believe that to make Vancouver a ‘world class’ city, they must have subways, because subways will Vancouver ‘world class’. Political prestige was the main reason for building the $2.5+ billion RAV/Canada Line subway in Vancouver.
One also must wonder if Bombardier has been given a (secret?) promise by TransLink and/or the province to have one more kick at the can, so to speak, by extending the the SkyTrain Millennium Line West to UBC or the Evergreen Line North to Port Coquitlam. The weak ridership figures for the Evergreen Line means that a SkyTrain subway would have a far better chance to showcase SkyTrain for overseas sales.
Zweisystem predicts if the Broadway transit project doesn’t use SkyTrain, Bombardier will announce the retirement of the SkyTrain light metro system and will only produce vehicles for existing systems.
Surrey politicians and taxpayers have also woken up to the fact that they will again be subsidizing Vancouver’s expensive rapid transit dreams and may rebel, forcing Victoria to create a South Fraser Transit Authority. This could have ominous consequences for taxpayers living in the TransLink or SkyTrain region, where their taxpayers must then fund the full cost of Victoria’s and TransLink’s grand metro schemes. The real cost of metro construction will come home to roost with a big financial bang!
Has TransLink already made the decision to build with SkyTrain?
By using the term ‘rapid transit’ TransLink has already made the choice to build metro, for I have not seen any definition of ‘rapid transit’ that include LRT, streetcar, or trams. By extending the Millennium Line, means SkyTrain will be used and there will be no need of any pesky P-3 or systems tender, that caused much rancor with the public in the past.
Finally, TransLink is broke and the regions transit deficit is great, but with todays precarious economy, there will be little or no money for expensive metros, unless Premier Campbell again promises to completely fund Vancouver’s UBC SkyTrain subway and call it the Legacy Line.
Sad to say, the gift of SkyTrain has not reduced auto congestion, but it has certainly driven up property taxes, some legacy!
The cost of Broadway/UBC subway, about $3 billion to $4 billion.
The cost of a deluxe Vancouver to Chilliwack TramTrain, about $1 billion.
The cost of a BCIT to UBC to Stanley Park LRT, about $1 billion.
Cost of a Surrey LRT/streetcar, King George Hwy./Scott Road/Guilford Loop, about $1 billion.
Cost of a Langley 200th St. LRT, about $500 million.
Cost of a Abbotsford LRT, about $500 million.
The firing shots of TransLink’s UBC ‘rapid transit’ line may start a battle that will rip TransLink and the regions politics asunder, with many unintended consequences.
Battle looming between Vancouver and other regions over priority of rapid transit
Vancouver wants line along Broadway to UBC
Jill Drews Jan 19, 2010
VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The City of Vancouver is making plans to ensure a rapid transit line along Broadway to UBC is given top priority–ahead of other regional transit improvements. But not everyone thinks Vancouver’s plan should be at the top of the transit list.
Vancouver Councillor Geoff Meggs says the density surrounding the Broadway corridor would more than pay for itself. “There already are more people riding on buses, jammed on buses, hanging on straps on buses, watching buses drive by them, than we need to justify the line.”
But Ray Hudson with the Surrey Board of Trade says the Evergreen Line and more service south of the Fraser used to be a priority and should still be a priority. “Soon, we will rival and even pass the population of Vancouver, and yet we are certainly the very poor ‘country cousins’ with respect to these kinds of services.”
Hudson says some business owners he’s heard from are wondering if separating from the Metro Vancouver regional district might be the way to go to finally see some transit improvements.
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