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Broadway rapid transit: the view from TransLink

A lineup for the 99 B-Line.

As you may know, there’s been much discussion about rapid transit along Broadway to UBC in the news today!

That’s because the City of Vancouver staff made a presentation recommending endorsing a subway out to UBC along the Broadway corridor yesterday. There’s been an ensuing discussion about what the right technology is and what UBC would also like, and that’s triggered a great number of articles like the ones here: CKWX, Globe and Mail 1, Globe and Mail 2, Vancouver Courier, Metro, Vancouver Sun, Georgia Straight, and 24 Hours. (And blog posts: Stephen Rees, Vancouver councillor Geoff Meggs.)

The view from TransLink

All this aside, from TransLink’s side, we’re well aware that rapid transit is needed on Broadway to meet their immense demand.

However, we’re also conscious that cities in Metro Vancouver are eager to make investments all across the region to help meet their transportation needs. In 2013, we’re planning to facilitate a regional dialogue to figure out those investment needs and tradeoffs. (The process will help develop the sequel to our Transport 2040 long range plan!)

And as well, we are in the process of finishing the UBC Line Rapid Transit Study, a study that identified and evaluated a range of options for rapid transit on Broadway. (We’re also finishing a simultaneous study in Surrey.)

When the studies are concluded by early 2013, we will have a better understanding of the benefits and tradeoffs of different solutions that have been evaluated and consulted on publicly. Please do look at the UBC Line Rapid Transit Study site, or the Buzzer’s past UBC Line study posts!

For those studies, both TransLink and the Province of BC have been jointly looking at the rapid transit options, in close partnership with agencies including the City of Vancouver and UBC, among others. And their perspectives will be valuable input into the coming regional dialogue about transportation investment needs.

I’ve also pasted the image below of all seven options that are being considered as part of the UBC Line Rapid Transit Study, for those interested:

The full range of options being considered for the UBC Line along the Broadway corridor.

Surrey Rapid Transit – May/June 2011 summary report and UBC Line Rapid Transit March/April summary report

The Surrey Rapid Transit May/June 2011 summary report (click on ‘What We Heard’ to get the report) is now available on the TransLink website. The month-long public consultation process included in-person workshops, a questionnaire and a webinar all focusing on the alternatives, trade-offs and designs for possible future transit in Surrey. There are a bunch of posts on both Phase 1 and 2 if you’d like to read and/or hear about the studies to date. Below is a snippet of some of the questionnaire results and comments received during the process. Of course, more detail is provided in the report.

Public consultation took place from May 26 to June 24, 2011, on the preliminary design assumptions and evaluation of the alternatives. Thousands of page views and almost 400 feedback questionnaires were submitted, and over 750 comments received. The following results were recorded:

  • 63% did not feel there was need to add, move or remove a proposed station location
  • 67% did not feel there was need to change the proposed alignment (that is, whether the alternative is at street level, the location on the street, in a tunnel or elevated)
  • Providing sufficient space for station platforms and sidewalks were the highest priorities for how road space is shared among the different uses
  • 67% agreed or strongly agreed with giving rapid transit priority at intersections; 17% disagreed or strongly disagreed and the rest were neutral
  • 56% agreed or strongly agreed with the preliminary evaluation results, 16% disagreed or strongly disagreed and the rest were neutral

Phase 2 will finish up next year with a refinement of the alternative designs based on public input and a finalized evaluation. TransLink will be back out again next year for further discussions and public consultations. I’ll let you know more about future consultations once I know.

The UBC Line Rapid Transit March/April summary report (click on ‘What We Heard’ to get the report) is also available to download now. This was a very well-attended consultation process with a lot of feedback. Consultation was done in the form of workshops, a questionnaire and a webinar. Take a read of these posts for a backgrounder on the study and links to more information. Here are a few highlights from the report:

From March 30 to April 22, 2011, public consultation took place on the preliminary design assumptions and evaluation of the alternatives. There were fifteen-hundred feedback questionnaires received and many discussions during the workshops. The following results were recorded:

  • Varying levels of agreement with the design assumptions for each of the seven alternatives
  • Many agreed or strongly agreed with restricting left turns to facilitate rapid transit movement (47%), 37% disagreed or strongly disagreed and the rest were neutral
  • Sidewalks was ranked the highest priority among the different road space uses by most people (45%)
  • Most people agreed or strongly agreed with the preliminary evaluation results (62%), 10% disagreed or strongly disagreed and the rest were neutral

As with the Surrey Rapid Transit Study, the alternative UBC Line designs will be refined based on feedback given, and a finalized evaluation will be presented in early 2012. A big thanks to everyone who participated in these consultations! The feedback will help shape these potential projects and hopefully get more people using public transit in Metro Vancouver.

Last chance to weigh in on the UBC Line rapid transit study, April 22, 2011

Just a note to remind you that phase two of our UBC Line rapid transit study closes on Friday, April 22, 2011 —so fill out our online questionnaire if you haven’t already!

As always, check out translink.ca/ubcline for all the info on UBC Line rapid transit study, including details of the options suggested for the corridor. And feel free to have a look at all the Buzzer blog’s past UBC Line posts, which includes a recording of our webinar held on Monday, April 4, 2011.

UBC Line phase 2 workshops and webinar – a recap

Now that the workshops and webinar portions of UBC Line Phase 2 have wrapped up, here’s some highlights: For those of you who are new to what’s going on with transit at UBC, our planning and infrastructure department have been working on designs for a future UBC Line and are asking for your feedback.

Webinar


About 40 people tuned in to our webinar. If you missed it, I’ve attached it here for you to watch. Please note that this video only captures the hosts leading the discussion — the slide deck Jeff is showing to the audience at home, unfortunately, does not show up here. You can, however, download a PDF of the slide deck and try following along at home.

You can also check out the submitted questions that did not get answered during the webinar and the answers we put together for them later.

Alternatively, you could watch the webinar here at our provider’s website where the video and the slides are matched, but you will have to register .

Phase 2 workshops

Two workshops took place last week. Here’s what our consultation team said about them:

Workshop at Tenth Avenue Alliance Church

The last two workshops and webinar took place in the UBC Line study Phase 2 consultation last week. About 90 people attended each of these workshops with another 40 joining us online for the webinar.

We continued to receive feedback on the designs including how to reduce costs of the RRT alternative, reduce parking impacts of the street-level alternatives, and suggestions for station locations.
Participants also provided input to the evaluation, including considering the impact of all alternatives on urban development and neigbhourhood character, and ensuring the alternatives contribute to livability.

Still want to participate? You can!

Our questionnaire will be available online until April 22, 2011. Thanks for participating!

Reminder: UBC Line workshops, April 5-6, 2011

Note: This is a scheduled post as I’m away this week, returning Monday April 11, 2011. If you need to reach TransLink info or staff, see this post!

Reminder: there’s two more UBC Line workshops this week!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Kits Secondary School Gym
2550 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver
(Google map)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Tenth Avenue Alliance Church
11 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver
(Google map)

If you can’t make these, you can also go to the main UBC phase 2 consultation site to examine our work and offer your feedback online until Friday, April 22, 2011.

And you can watch a recording of the UBC Line webinar from yesterday on our provider’s server—just note that you still have to register to access it at this time. Click here to see the recording.

Thanks to all who attended the UBC Line phase two webinar!

Just a quick note to say thanks to everyone who attended the UBC Line Rapid Transit phase 2 consultation webinar on April 4, 2011!

This is our second time doing a webinar, so if you attended, remember to fill in our questionnaire, and feel free to share any discussion on the webinar itself or the UBC Line project in the comments here.

If you didn’t join us, you can watch a recording of the webinar on our provider’s server—just note that you still have to register to access it at this time. Click here to see the recording.

I’ll also have the webinar up at YouTube shortly, once the recording is passed on to me as a file. The video will be posted on our main site and the blog for further discussion.

The team is also working on answering the questions that weren’t covered during the webinar: those will be on the main site and the blog when they’re ready!

And don’t forget: there are still two in-person workshops on April 5 and 6, 2011, in case you want to talk to someone in person or you know others who want to go. Full details here!

Thanks again to all who joined us online!

UBC Line: webinar reminder for Apr 4, 2011, plus notes from the first two workshops

Passengers boarding a 99 B-Line bus.

One reminder and two workshop recaps from the UBC Line Rapid Transit study!

Webinar takes place Monday, April 4, 2011

Jeff Busby, TransLink's Manager of Infrastructure Planning

A quick reminder that we are holding a webinar for the UBC Line Rapid Transit Study next Monday, April 4, 2011 from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. PST. Tell your friends!

Jeff Busby, TransLink’s Manager of Infrastructure Planning, and Erin McConnell, our Manager of Corporate Communications, will talk about the preliminary design alternatives, criteria and initial results in their evaluation, plus the feedback we are looking for. There will be lots of time for questions!

You can do a few things in advance of the webinar:

  • pre-register on our webinar page
  • do a bit of homework: see our main UBC Line page to review the alternatives and evaluation information, so you’re familiar with the topic
  • and submit your questions in advance in the blog comments. (You can ask during the webinar too, but advance notice helps ensure we get to the most popular inquiries! Use the Like comment function to vote on questions you’d really like answers on.)

And don’t worry if you can’t attend the webinar, either — we’ll record it and the video will be available after the event, just as we did for Surrey. We’ll also make sure to answer all questions that don’t get covered in the online session.

Notes from the first two workshops

Our consultation team sent me this update about how the first two workshops went, in case you were wondering! (The first workshop was on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at the Masonic Hall, and the second was on Thursday, March 31, 2011 at UBC’s Ponderosa Centre.)

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UBC Line updates: the alternatives are now online, and the first consultation is tonight, Wed Mar 30, 2011

A lineup for the 99 B-Line at Commercial-Broadway Station.

Two updates for the UBC Line phase two consultation!

All the alternatives are now online

A screenshot of one of the alternatives now posted on the UBC Line phase 2 consultation website: this one shows Bus Rapid Transit.

Check the main UBC Line phase 2 consultation website: all consultation materials are now up, and our questionnaire is open!

This means you can view details of all seven UBC Line alternatives plotted out a map, and learn about the potential routes, station locations and more.

But make sure you find out all the other info too:

And THEN, don’t forget to fill in our questionnaire with your feedback!

We really want to emphasize that all these items are super important to look at, so you understand where the alternative designs came from, how we’re evaluating them, and what helpful feedback you can provide (we’re not picking a favourite at this time, though we know you may have one!)

First consultation session is at the Vancouver Masonic Centre tonight, Wed Mar 30, 2011

A reminder that the first UBC Line phase two consultation session is tonight, Wednesday March 30, 2011!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Vancouver Masonic Centre, Jewel Ballroom, 1495 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver (Google map)

And the next one will be tomorrow:

Thursday, March 31, 2011, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m
Ponderosa Centre, 2071 West Mall, UBC (UBC map)

After that, there’s two more in-person sessions and one online webinar upcoming: see the UBC Line Phase 2 Community Consultation Workshops page for all the details. Or visit TransLink’s Facebook page and click the “Events” tab to add the events to your Facebook calendar (or share them with your friends!)

Phase 2 of our UBC Line rapid transit consultation launches Wed Mar 30, 2011

Look out: the second round of consultation on alternatives for future UBC Line rapid transit service starts on Wednesday, March 30, 2011!

As you’ll recall, in April and May 2010 we did a first round of consultation on alternatives for rapid transit, on the Broadway corridor from Commercial Drive to UBC. Now, our project team has done more design and evaluation work on those alternatives, and they’re bringing them back for your feedback, before they finalize the results.

Starting Wednesday, March 30, 2011, we’ll be holding four in-person events and one webinar so you can learn more and share your views.

You can also go to the main UBC phase 2 consultation site to examine our work and offer your feedback online until Friday, April 22, 2011. (Details of the alternatives won’t be up until March 30, however!)

Here are the consultation dates and locations:

Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Vancouver Masonic Centre, Jewel Ballroom, 1495 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver (Google map)

Thursday, March 31, 2011, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m
Ponderosa Centre, 2071 West Mall, UBC (UBC map)

Monday, April 4, 2011, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Online webinar
(Homework: make sure to review the alternatives before the webinar, which will be posted on March 30!)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Kits Secondary School Gym, 2550 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver (Google map)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Tenth Avenue Alliance Church, 11 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver (Google map)

I’ll also stick these up as events on TransLink’s Facebook page, in case you prefer remembering and sharing events that way.

Webinar on April 4: pre-register, submit questions, do homework

Jeff Busby, TransLink's Manager of Infrastructure Planning

Just like the Surrey rapid transit study consultation, we’re going to do a webinar for the UBC Line!

So if you can’t make it to one of the in-person sessions, join us online on Monday, April 4, 2011 from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. PST, for a live, one-hour online discussion.

Jeff Busby, TransLink’s Manager of Infrastructure Planning, and Erin McConnell, our Manager of Corporate Communications, will talk about the preliminary design alternatives, criteria and initial results in their evaluation, plus the feedback we are looking for. There will be lots of time for questions!

Before the webinar, you can do a few things in advance:

  • pre-register on our webinar page

  • do a bit of homework: on Wednesday, March 30, 2011, return to the main UBC Line phase 2 consultation page to review the alternatives and evaluation information, so you’re familiar with the topic
  • and submit your questions in advance in the blog comments, or to thebuzzer@translink.ca. (You can ask during the webinar too, but advance notice helps ensure we get to the most popular inquiries! Use the Like comment function to vote on questions you’d really like answers on.)

And don’t worry if you can’t attend the webinar, either — we’ll record it and the video will be available after the event, just as we did for Surrey. We’ll also make sure to answer all questions that don’t get covered in the online session.

Spread the word!

If you know anyone who’s interested in this consultation, please share this info on! And let me know if there are any further questions: I will make sure to get you the answers. Hope to see you all at the sessions!

UBC Line consultation closes tomorrow, Fri May 21

Riders wait for the 99 at Commercial-Broadway Station.

Riders wait for the 99 at Commercial-Broadway Station.

If you haven’t yet shared your thoughts on the UBC Line alternatives, do it soon! Our online discussion boards and questionnaire will close tomorrow, Friday May 21, at noon.

Our consultation team is already compiling your feedback: here’s reports on the online discussion and reports on the in-person workshops so far. As I’ve mentioned, your feedback will help inform the design phase of the UBC Line alternatives. We’ll be back to present you with those detailed designs in the fall.

Also, if you have any thoughts about how the consultation went, I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments. The online consultation part is very new and I’d love to hear any suggestions for improvements!

And for more on the UBC Line, here’s some past blog posts:

Jeff Busby, manager of project planning, explains the goals of the UBC Line consultation

Jeff Busby, manager of project planning at TransLink

Jeff Busby, manager of project planning at TransLink

Since last week, we’ve been listening to your thoughts on rapid transit to UBC. But judging by some responses, we’ve realized that we need to be clearer about what we’re looking for in this consultation.

(For example, many have asked for details we don’t have yet, or are just concentrating on picking a favourite!)

To help you out, there’s a new “What feedback are we looking for?” page to describe the consultation goals. Key points:

We haven’t yet created detailed designs for each alternative, and we want your feedback so we can consider your priorities as we develop the designs.

We want to know three things:

  • are these are the right six alternatives to begin more detailed design and evaluation with, or should other alternatives be considered
  • what should we consider in the actual design of the route
  • how we can make these alternatives be the best they can be

We don’t have detailed designs, so we can’t answer questions about cost, speed or other features. We won’t know this info until we make the designs!

Below, you’ll also find an interview with Jeff Busby, manager of project planning at TransLink. He explains more about where we are in the study process, what feedback we need, and where that feedback will go in the end.

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A roundup of UBC Line blog posts and articles

The Express display on a 99 B-Line. Go go B-Line go!

The Express display on a 99 B-Line. Go go B-Line go!

Quite a number of blogs, forums and articles are talking about the UBC Line Rapid Transit Study now, so I thought I’d collect them all here in one handy post.

I’ll keep this updated as new links come along. Feel free to e-mail me if you find new links to share!

(Remember, visit bepartoftheplan.ca to learn more and take part in the consultation!)

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Notes from the UBC community consultation, Thu Apr 22

Some of the 60 people who came through the UBC Line community workshop on Thursday, April 22!

Some of the 60 people who came through the UBC Line community workshop on Thursday, April 22!

So we held our first public consultation workshop on the UBC Line Rapid Transit Study yesterday, at the SUB at UBC!

Judy Rudin was there (she’s one of our media relations folks), and she sent along a note on what happened.

A large crowd of 60 students and local residents first took time to view presentation boards of six possible alternatives for rapid transit in the heavily used Broadway Corridor.

People then got a short overview from Planning Project Manager Jeff Busby, who discussed the reasons for the study, its objectives and goals. An intensive, wide-open 2 hour workshop session led by TransLink staffers followed, with about 30 people staying to take part.

What can best be described as a kind of “transit speed dating” session soon followed. Smaller, breakout tables of participants saw all six transit options rotated around the room, and people at each table had a chance to analyze, discuss and ask questions about the possible issues, challenges and merits of each of the technologies.

Comments and questions were wide-ranging and the discussion was animated. But the most interesting part of watching this session was seeing people with differing opinions and viewpoints working together to provide a lot of great ideas and feedback to TransLink staff!

We’ll be doing this all over again on May 4, 2010, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at St James Community Square (3214 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver). Join us there or see if another in-person workshop fits your schedule. Or visit bepartoftheplan.ca to learn & discuss online!

UBC Rapid Transit consultation workshops start Thu Apr 22

In case you don’t know, we’re hosting five in-person consultation workshops about the UBC Line Rapid Transit Study, with the first launching on Thursday evening. Come by if you can!

April 22, 2010
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Student Union Building, Party Room, 2nd level
UBC Campus

May 4, 2010
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
St. James Community Square
3214 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver

May 6, 2010
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
West Point Grey United Church
4595 West 8th Avenue
Vancouver

May 11, 2010
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Centre for Digital Media at the Great Northern Way Campus
122-577 Great Northern Way
Vancouver

May 13, 2010
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Vancouver Masonic Centre
1495 West 8th Avenue
Vancouver

Each event starts with an open house, and then the workshop will begin at 6:45 p.m.

Make sure you check back to the official UBC consultation workshop page: it will be updated with meeting minutes and reports after the events.

As well, if you can’t make any of the workshops, visit bepartoftheplan.ca to learn more about the proposed rapid transit alternatives, and discuss them in our questionnaire and in our forums!

Amelia Shaw, our manager of public consultation, shares some background on the UBC Line process

Amelia Shaw, TransLink’s manager of public consultation

Amelia Shaw, TransLink’s manager of public consultation

As you may know, we’ve launched the next phase of our public consultation on the UBC Line, or rapid transit along the Broadway corridor in Vancouver. (We’re also running a parallel study on Surrey rapid transit!)

Check out this post for more details on the whole consultation—we’ve opened up our online discussion boards, launched a website section about the rapid transit alternatives, and we have five in-person meetings are also planned for the coming weeks.

For some background on the whole consultation endeavour, I asked Amelia Shaw, TransLink’s manager of public consultation, to tell us about the process for UBC and Surrey rapid transit.

Amelia’s team runs ongoing public consultations for our policies, plans, and more, as well as joining in on TransLink’s behalf at community events.

It’s an important role: as she says, “TransLink is here because of the communities and people that we serve. We need to be reflecting that and we do that in a variety of ways: through the public consultation and also our community relations, so people get that hands-on experience of who we are, and conversely, we learn about them and their needs and wants.”

OK, now here’s a talk with Amelia!

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