SkyTrain costly but efficient choice for rapid transit to UBC


VANCOUVER — A report studying rapid transit options to the University of British Columbia’s Point Grey campus concludes a SkyTrain link is the only option that makes sense.

Proposed extension of the Millennium Line to UBC (UBC Rapid Transit)

The report, prepared by a consulting company and submitted to the Mayors’ Council on regional transportation, says a SkyTrain connection would cost up to $3.8 billion, making it the most expensive choice.

The report says SkyTrain technology is a better alternative than a light rail system because it would provide nearly twice the capacity.

The study’s authors say light rail would not meet demand within 15 years and it would have a lower on-time performance rating.

The report says a SkyTrain on the route would have an on-time performance record of 95 to 97 per cent.

TransLink’s 10-year plan will see a 2.9-kilometre underground SkyTrain link from Broadway west to Arbutus Street, but the Mayors’ Council is mulling a further 7.1 kilometre extension to the rapidly growing university campus. (News1130)