200th Streetcars


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A presentation by Township Councillor Jordan Bateman to South Fraser OnTRAX regarding streetcars on 200th St. Given June 10, 2008.

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200th Streetcars

  1. 1. The Streetcar City A Vision For Langley Presented by Jordan Bateman to South Fraser OnTRAX on June 8, 2008
  2. 2. Regional Transportation <ul><li>I support an Interurban light rail route: </li></ul><ul><li>Based on community rail model to start </li></ul><ul><li>Important for regional transportation needs </li></ul><ul><li>It is vital to the future of the South Fraser region that Surrey, Langley and Abbotsford be better connected </li></ul>
  3. 3. Transit Service in Langley The majority of trips made by Langley residents stay in Langley. Think about your own life: you most likely shop locally, many of you work locally, you go to church locally, you serve in clubs locally.
  4. 4. The 200 th Streetcar Line Langley has changed. We are no longer an east-west community; we are north-south. The vast majority of Langley’s population and jobs lie along the 196 th to 216 th corridor. This is also where virtually all growth and densification will occur in the future.
  5. 5. The 200 th Streetcar Line <ul><li>Brookswood Fernridge </li></ul><ul><li>Presently 14,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Future Development Area (2010-2030?): minimum 35,000, but more likely 50,000 </li></ul>
  6. 6. The 200 th Streetcar Line <ul><li>City of Langley </li></ul><ul><li>Presently 20,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Pretty much built-out, but pursuing aggressive densification; could top out at 39,000 </li></ul>
  7. 7. The 200 th Streetcar Line <ul><li>Willoughby </li></ul><ul><li>Presently 18,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Current Development Area (2008-2020): likely 70,000, including high rises along 200th </li></ul>
  8. 8. The 200 th Streetcar Line <ul><li>Walnut Grove </li></ul><ul><li>Presently 24,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Very modest opportunities for in-fill; will top out at 25,000 </li></ul>
  9. 9. The 200 th Streetcar Line <ul><li>200 th Corridor Total (from 196 to 216) </li></ul><ul><li>Presently 76,000 (65% of the present total population of Langley) </li></ul><ul><li>Will top out at 184,000 (80% of the projected total population of Langley) </li></ul>
  10. 10. The 200 th Streetcar Line <ul><li>Employment Areas </li></ul><ul><li>NW Langley Industrial Park </li></ul><ul><li>Walnut Grove Interchange </li></ul><ul><li>200 th Office Parks </li></ul><ul><li>Langley Regional Town Centre </li></ul><ul><li>Brookswood </li></ul><ul><li>Campbell Heights Industrial Park </li></ul>
  11. 11. The 200 th Streetcar Line <ul><li>Township of Langley High Density Zoning </li></ul><ul><li>High-rises of up to 20 storeys </li></ul>
  12. 12. The 200 th Streetcar Line <ul><li>Other Factors </li></ul><ul><li>Regional links: The Golden Ears Bridge and the Interurban </li></ul><ul><li>The Langley Events Centre </li></ul><ul><li>Open space still exists along 200 th for TransLink to purchase and develop for funding </li></ul>
  13. 13. Why Streetcars? TransLink’s long-range plan is for Rapid Buses along the 200 th Street corridor. This will not sufficiently influence the style of development along the corridor nor attract drivers out of their cars.
  14. 14. Why Streetcars? It works in Portland and in cities around the world. Streetcars are less expensive than full light rail, but still have that train attraction for people.
  15. 15. Streetcar Benefits <ul><li>We know from studies of places like Portland that streetcars do two things: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They get people out of their cars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They attract quality development </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We need both of these on 200 th Street. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Streetcar Benefits <ul><li>Streetcars with signalization priority can average about 30 km/h </li></ul><ul><li>This would keep Langley tight knit; people would stay in Langley for what they need to buy, where they play, where they work </li></ul><ul><li>The connection to the Interurban and GEB gives access to the rest of the region </li></ul>
  17. 17. Transit Oriented Development <ul><li>Walkable </li></ul><ul><li>Far fewer car trips </li></ul><ul><li>People out of their cars on day 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable (less GHG) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Density done right” </li></ul><ul><li>Good sense of community </li></ul><ul><li>Safer (“eyes on the street”) </li></ul>
  18. 18. Imagine… All of those thousands of Walnut Grove families being able to hop a train to go shopping at Willowbrook. Or Brookswood residents riding the rails to take their kids to gymnastics at the Langley Events Centre.
  19. 19. The 200 th Streetcar Line What about the hill? I’m not a technical expert, but my understanding is that Calgary operates with a 6.5% grade near the South Alberta Institute of Technology, and Little Rock’s system manoeuvres up a 7.8% gradient.
  20. 20. The 200 th Streetcar Line What about the interchange? In order to run a rapid bus line along 200 th , the freeway interchange will have to be dealt with. A rail line can be handled in the same manner as the BRT would be.
  21. 21. The 200 th Streetcar Line What about the right-of-way? 200 th Street has the widest, protected right-of-way in the Township. There is room for street cars and pull-out stations.
  22. 22. The 200 th Streetcar Line Won’t this distract the powers-that-be from the Interurban? No. A 200 th Streetcar strengthens the case for the Interurban to be put back into use, at least to Langley. That gets us past the ‘first gap,’ and gives us the ability to prove this will work. Like the Portland Model: MAX and streetcar network.
  23. 23. My Streetcar Dream In the future, I envision street car lines (and the Interurban) running throughout Langley.
  24. 24. Progress On May 5, Township Council voted unanimously to pursue funding for a full ridership and routing study for the Interurban. This is a vital first step for light rail.
  25. 25. Progress Langley Township is also working with its partners in the Livability Accord—the high-growth communities of Surrey, Abbotsford and Coquitlam. A light rail joint committee is in the works.
  26. 26. Progress The public and experts continue to move toward light rail. Patrick Condon looked at the $2.8 billion UBC SkyTrain line and projected that for the same cost, 175 km of modern tram/streetcar could be done.
  27. 27. UBC SkyTrain vs. Streetcar
  28. 28. Next Steps I’d like to encourage the public, through groups like South Fraser OnTRAX, to send their MLAs and MPs letters and e-mail supporting streetcars and light rail. We need to keep the pressure on by presenting the very logical arguments in our favour.