Majority of Metro Vancouverites support SkyTrain extension to Point Grey, UBC poll finds

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      A poll has revealed how Metro Vancouverites feel about whether or not the SkyTrain line should continue on to the UBC campus at Point Grey.

      The Millennium Line will be extended with the Broadway Subway to Arbutus Street, which is slated to open in 2025. However, UBC is advocating for the continued extension of the line to Point Grey, where the campus is located.

      The online survey, commissioned by UBC and conducted by Research Co. (Mario Canseco) from November 14 to 20, received responses from 1,900 adults in Metro Vancouver, including Vancouver (300 people); Surrey (300); Burnaby, Richmond, and New Westminster (150); Tri-Cities (600); Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge (200); Delta, White Rock, and Langley (200); and the North Shore (150). 

      The poll found that four out of five residents in Metro Vancouver, or 82 percent, support an extension of the Millennium Line SkyTrain past Arbutus Street to UBC.

      The Broadway Subway will extended the Millennium Line to Arbutus Street.

      Support for an extension was highest within Vancouver, at 89 percent, followed by 86 percent on the North Shore; 84 percent in Burnaby, Richmond, and New Westminster; 79 percent in the Tri-Cities; and 73 percent in Delta. The lowest percentages were in Surrey (66 percent) and Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge (62 percent).

      While 69 percent of those in Metro Vancouver think that it is important for their municipality to be connected to UBC by transit, 60 percent felt that the connection of UBC with a rapid-transit line should be a regional priority that would benefit not just the campus but the entire region.

      Almost half of Metro Vancouverites (46 percent) said a SkyTrain extension would increase their visits to the campus.

      Two-thirds of respondents, or 65 percent, said they would be more likely to support an extension if UBC provided a financial contribution to the project.

      Options for funding from the university include financial contributions, land contribution, on-campus development charges for funding, or a combination.

      When the Georgia Straight inquired about how the polls were conducted, Mario Canseco of Research Co. explained that respondents were selected randomly from two online panels (and not through any online links available to the public). 

      Canseco also stated that respondents were asked what their relationship to UBC was: 38 percent had no links to UBC, 33 percent know someone who attends or works at UBC, and 29 percent previously attended the university. Only eight percent previously worked at UBC, seven percent currently attend UBC, four percent currently work at UBC, and three percent have children that work or attend UBC. 

      Full poll results are available online

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