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South Fraser OnTrax delivered this presentation to the Ministry of Transportation, TransLink, BC Transit, Fraser Valley Region Direct, and the City of Abbotsford (to name a few) about the need for ...

South Fraser OnTrax delivered this presentation to the Ministry of Transportation, TransLink, BC Transit, Fraser Valley Region Direct, and the City of Abbotsford (to name a few) about the need for light rail in the South of Fraser in the Lower Mainland

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A Case for New Transit Options in the South Fraser Region A Case for New Transit Options in the South Fraser Region Presentation Transcript

  • 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
  • ABBOTSFORD 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