A new survey conducted last week by Research Co. shows 81% of “likely voters” within the City of Vancouver support the extension of SkyTrain Millennium Line between the future Arbutus Station and the University of British Columbia (UBC) campus.
Support is highest amongst respondents living in downtown Vancouver (81%), followed by Vancouver Eastside residents (81%), and Vancouver Westside residents (86%).
The survey also showed there is roughly equal support amongst respondents who rent their housing or own their housing, with each group of likely voters supporting the extension by about 80%.
It should also be noted that downtown Vancouver, Vancouver Eastside, and renters are more likely to say they “strongly support” the extension.
The currently approved and funded project is the six-km-long Millennium Line Broadway Extension between VCC-Clark Station and Arbutus Street, complete with six new stations. The project’s total cost is $2.8 billion, with construction to begin before the end of the year for an opening in 2025.
There is no funding and commitment in place for the remaining seven-km-long extension between Arbutus Station and the UBC campus at the edge of Point Grey. However, early in 2019, both the Vancouver City Council and TransLink’s Mayors’ Council approved the technology option of a SkyTrain extension, and the Mayors’ Council provided $3 million in funding for preliminary planning work.
It is expected that the SkyTrain extension from Arbutus Street to UBC will cost between $2.8 billion and $3.2 billion without inflation from the 2018 estimate. It would roughly follow West Broadway, West 10th Avenue, and University Boulevard, with the potential stations located at Macdonald Street, Alma Street, Sasamat Street, and the core of the UBC campus.
The university has expressed interest in bringing the extension all the way to Wesbrook Village to establish two on-campus stations, and the First Nation developers behind the Jericho Lands redevelopment have expressed interest in placing a station on their property to better serve the new density.