Metro Vancouver staff put Surrey line ahead of rapid transit to UBC
Metro Vancouver's draft regional growth strategy recommends the expansion of transit to urban centres south of the Fraser River ahead of building a train to UBC.
Metro Vancouver chief administrative officer Johnny Carline and Christina DeMarco, division manager of policy and planning, explained in a report to the regional planning committee that the Evergreen Line is the top priority.
"Given the financial situation facing TransLink, the Province and the Federal Government it is difficult to be optimistic about rapid transit lines being constructed more rapidly than they have in the past," Carline and DeMarco wrote. "Nonetheless, the plan identifies two complete new lines and the completion of the Broadway line as a priority for supporting, serving and shaping regional growth."
Metro Vancouver has created a map identifying 10 urban centres south of the Fraser River: Surrey Metro Centre, the regional town centre of Langley Centre, and the town centres of Guildford, Fleetwood, Newton, Cloverdale, Willoughby, Aldergrove, Semiahmoo, and Ladner.
The report by Carline and DeMarco did not identify which urban centres south of the Fraser River should get rapid transit ahead of the line to UBC.
The municipal politicians who sit on the Metro Vancouver board have not approved the regional growth strategy.
In the past, the provincial government has called the shots on rapid-transit developments in the region either by fiat or by placing conditions on its capital-funding contribution.