Hardwick want to replace proposed subway extension with gentle rail

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Crew mayoral candidate Colleen Hardwick introduced Wednesday she desires to can a proposed SkyTrain extension from Arbutus Road to the University of British Columbia in favour of 4 gentle rail strains.

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The prepare would not impact the latest SkyTrain extension to Arbutus, which is less than building. But it could dramatically adjust upcoming transportation solutions in Vancouver.

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“For the exact price as 7 subway kilometres to UBC we can convey 58 kilometres of condition-of-the-art light-weight rail transit to every corner of the metropolis,” Hardwick said in a information launch.

The proposed light rail lines would stretch throughout the metropolis, from the west aspect to the east side, downtown to the Fraser River.

A “Crosstown Line” would operate from UBC to the PNE by using Granville Island and the new St. Paul’s Clinic in the False Creek Flats. The 17km line would run up W 10th and West Broadway to Arbutus, wherever it would link with the Broadway SkyTrain extension now being crafted.

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It would then veer north alongside the Arbutus Corridor, turn east in the vicinity of Granville Island, head north by Main and then go east once again alongside Hastings.

The 15 kilometre “Arbutus-Marine” Line would backlink with the Crosstown Line at Arbutus and head south along the Arbutus Corridor to Marine Station and the River District.

The “41st Ave” Line would be 18 kilometres lengthy and operate from UBC to Metrotown in Burnaby. The “Commercial-Victoria” Line would run from Hastings to Maritime, a length of 8 kilometres.

TEAM for a Livable Vancouver’s proposal for a new light rail system in Vancouver, Oct. 5, 2022. Approximate routings only.
Team for a Livable Vancouver’s proposal for a new mild rail system in Vancouver, Oct. 5, 2022. Approximate routings only.  Image by Stephan Nieweler /jpg

Hardwick mentioned that light-weight rail would expense “less than just one-sixth the price per kilometre” of a subway. She said that 4 prepared subway assignments in Toronto and Montreal are believed to value $700 million to $1.1 billion a kilometre.

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“There’s so quite a few difficulties with the subway, not the minimum of which is the cost, which is not covered, despite what has been marketed,” Hardwick stated just before a midday press conference at Arbutus and Broadway.

“We’ve only had the income to analyze it, not to actually build it. I imagine it is important that people today be very clear on that.”

She also pointed out “subway building is definitely built for a tower type of housing to accompany it. I feel that floor rail which permits much more ground-oriented housing typologies is far more ideal.

“There’s also the question of the influence from a local weather perspective, that it is substantially extra harmful to be building towers with concrete, the subway with concrete as well.

“So (rail has a) a lot decreased charge, without the local climate implications. With a far better variety of city layout, we can be building surface rail.”

The Town of Vancouver experienced quite a few models for a streetcar or light-weight rail method in latest several years. The NPA proposed a $100 million streetcar program in 2011, but misplaced to Eyesight Vancouver and any ideas for a streetcar method had been nixed.

Far more to arrive …

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