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SkyTrain costly but efficient choice for rapid transit to UBC

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.
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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)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)