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Vancouver council selects areas for three stations on offered SkyTrain extension 


Key takeaways: 

  • Only one councilor disagreed with locations suggested by city staff.
  • A map in the city staff report indicates where they advise setting stations should the UBC Skytrain extension go on. 

The next stop is Macdonald Street, Alma Street, and Jericho Lands.

If the City of Vancouver had its way, stations for the suggested UBC SkyTrain extension would be located.

“This decision gets us one step nearer to extending SkyTrain to UBC and linking it to the entire area,” Mayor Kennedy Stewart stated. 

“Broadway is the second-largest economic region in B.C. A fast connection to UBC will stimulate new jobs and innovation while fighting climate change and easing congestion by taking up to 3,000 cars off the road each day.” City staff urged the three station locations in a report hashed out at a council meeting Tuesday.

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The next stop is Macdonald Street, Alma Street, and Jericho Lands

They told the council’s support of the station locations as a measure that would show the city’s responsibility to specifics on the project and help it move toward a formal business case that would deliver more points, including a final price.

The Macdonald and Alma Street areas did not cause much discussion. Still, there was some talk regarding having the third station at Sasamat Street, closer to the business location on West 10th Avenue. The Jericho Lands location, anticipated to be a significant development on the West Side, finally won out.

Tuesday’s council meeting noticed 26 members of the public reported speaking in the station areas. All disagreed, mainly noting problems over development in the region, although their difficulties were generally about the offered project.

And while some councilors expressed issues, only Coun. Colleen Hardwick voted against the station areas, herself citing worries of over-development. She also said she is objected to the project as a whole.

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