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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!


5 Comments

  • By Zach Shaner, April 23, 2010 @ 6:55 pm

    Thanks for the great meeting. Can you tell me who the two cameramen were taking video for?

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, April 23, 2010 @ 10:28 pm

    I’d heard CBC was there.

  • By Dan, April 23, 2010 @ 10:41 pm

    Just curious as to where all this funding is coming from to pay for all the hoopla and workshops?

  • By Allan Kuan, April 25, 2010 @ 4:33 pm

    I doubt that it’ll be that expensive to run consultations. I do have to say though that transit-related developments seem to move much more slowly these days compared to what happened with the Canada and Millennium Lines… = (

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