Published on February 28, 2009
South Fraser OnTrax A case for new transit options in the south Fraser region February 27, 2009
WHO IS SOUTH FRASER ONTRAX ? “We engage – We DON’T Protest” A Holistic Approach to Transit Not For Profit / Non-Partisan BC Society Founded in April 2008 Need for advocates that don’t head-butt MoT & TransLink Advocate for smart growth development and transit options Sponsor several free public education workshops each year Meet 2nd Thursday of each month in the Township of Langley We advocate by engaging public officials in open discussions We do not engage in political name-calling We listen to reason – We encourage middle ground
THE ISSUES WE SEE AND HEAR “Transit Deficit” in south Fraser (SF) region Current focus = get people to Vancouver TransLink numbers show need for SF community connections SF = roads and buses only - no LRT or Streetcars Aging population - transit for seniors and handicapped needed Disconnect between development (TOD) & transit due to focus We are built around roads (mobility) vs. people & walkability We have set ourselves up for what we have today Local work options growing – much more needed Long-term sustainable living/working/transport solutions No progressive alternatives to goods movement implemented Lack “complete roads” LRT – walkers – cyclers – automobiles
THE SOLUTIONS WE SEE AS PRACTICAL Re-activate Light Rail Transit from Abbotsford to Surrey Open to alignment – Safety & Serves the Greatest Good Can eventually connect to Chilliwack when there is a biz case Local streetcar systems = Abbotsford, the Langleys & Surrey Frequent LRT service with connection to YXX Community Shuttle Service is exceptional – connect to LRT Local bus or Community Shuttle 15/15/7 – integrated LRT Land use & transportation planning fit together (TOD) Build Complete Communities (Metro Van Livable Region) Build Complete Roads – mandate as a condition of funding Install rail lines with all complete roads Coordinate all new underground utilities to facilitate LRT
POPULATION From Stats Canada 2006: 2012: 1,000,000 846,166 2031: 3,000,000 1910: 18,000 1951: 77,583
TRANSPORTATION DEMAND 20% 80% 30% - No Car
ROAD NETWORK DEMAND Assuming a 50% goods movement by rail BC Port Traffic x3 by 2020 Increasing truck demand on our road network -- MoT Gateway Program Discussion
ROAD NETWORK DEMAND Change in nature of our trips A = Traditional downtown pattern B = Increased population & location of job creation = Complex Travel Patterns
ABBOTSFORD PATTERNS Destinations
ABBOTSFORD PATTERNS “Horseshoe” Concept Transit & Other Corridors
ABBOTSFORD COMMUTER PATTERNS 31% From Langley & Surrey + 18% From Further West (49%)
SURREY PATTERNS Surrey = 2,428 vs. Burnaby 2,387 people per sq km
SURREY PATTERNS Blue = Private Auto Use / Red = Public Transit Use
LANGLEY CITY “MASTER PLAN”
LANGLEY CITY “MASTER PLAN” Transit Hub
The 200th Streetcar Line Brookswood Fernridge • Presently 14,000 • Future Development Area (2010‐2030?): minimum 35,000, but more likely 50,000
The 200th Streetcar Line City of Langley • Presently 20,000 • PreBy much built‐ out, but pursuing aggressive densiﬁcaHon; could top out at 39,000
The 200th Streetcar Line Willoughby • Presently 18,000 • Current Development Area (2008‐2020): likely 70,000, including high rises along 200th
The 200th Streetcar Line Walnut Grove • Presently 24,000 • Very modest opportuniHes for in‐ ﬁll; will top out at 25,000
The 200th Streetcar Line 200th Corridor Total (from 196 to 216) • Presently 76,000 (65% of the present total populaHon of Langley) • Will top out at 184,000 (80% of the projected total populaHon of Langley)
The 200th Streetcar Line Employment Areas • NW Langley Industrial Park • Walnut Grove Interchange • 200th Oﬃce Parks • Langley Regional Town Centre • Brookswood • Campbell Heights Industrial Park
The 200th Streetcar Line Township of Langley High Density Zoning • High‐rises of up to 20 storeys
The 200 th Streetcar Line Other Factors • Regional links: The Golden Ears Bridge and the Interurban •The Langley Events Centre • Open space sHll exists along 200th for TransLink to purchase and develop for funding
Streetcar Beneﬁts We know from studies of places like Portland that streetcars do two things: • They get people out of their cars • They aBract quality development We need both of these on 200th Street.
System Cost – UBC Study $2.8B = 12 km. UBC SkyTrain $2.8B = 175 km Streetcars/LRT
Rapid Bus vs. LRT Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) / Rapid Bus LRT / Streetcar
Rapid Bus vs. LRT Compared with Bus Only cities - Large Rail cities have: • 400% higher per capita transit ridership (589 vs. 118 annual passenger-miles) • 887% higher the transit commute mode split (13.4% vs. 2.7%) • 36% lower per capita traffic fatalities (7.5 vs.11.7 annual deaths per 100,000 residents) • 14% lower per capita consumer transportation expenditures ($448 average annual savings), despite residents’ higher income. • 19% smaller portion of household budgets devoted to transportation (12.0% vs. 14.0%) • 21% lower per capita motor vehicle mileage (1,958 fewer annual miles) • 33% lower transit operating costs per passenger-mile (42 cents vs. 63 cents) • 58% higher transit service cost recovery (38% vs. 24%) FROM: “Rail Transit in America”, Todd Litman - Oct. 2008 Victoria Transport Policy Institute Report
COST TO BUILD LRT vs. SKYTRAIN Light Rail Transit (LRT) Fraser Valley Heritage RR (2010 Tourist) = $325,000/per km Typical North American LRT = $35M/per km Typical Light Rail Station = $ 5K - $ 10K SkyTrain Canada Line = $105M/per km Evergreen Line $127M/per km UBC Line = $233M/per km Typical SkyTrain Station = $30M - 40M
Q&A More Information Website: www.sfot.info Blog: www.southfraser.net
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