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Township of Langley Community Rail Study Council Presentation April 21

  1. 1. HIGH LEVEL REVIEW OF LANGLEY TOWNSHIP COMMUNITY RAIL Presented to Township Council April 21, 2008
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Community Rail Study </li></ul><ul><li>Related Studies and Background Information </li></ul><ul><li>Summary </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><ul><li>To provide a High Level Review of Langley Township Community Rail </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To provide a brief update on related studies and background information </li></ul></ul>Objectives
  4. 4. Township Community Rail Study <ul><li>Builds upon a similar study conducted for the City of Surrey </li></ul><ul><li>“ High Level” analysis and review </li></ul><ul><li>Key issues identified </li></ul><ul><li>Costs and benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Final report completed December 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Final report amended to reflect new information from other key plans/studies </li></ul>
  5. 5. Community Rail Proposal – Station Locations
  6. 6. <ul><li>Must separate Freight and Passenger Traffic </li></ul><ul><li>Interaction of Road/Rail Interface </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Freight Trains – 3 minute crossing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Residual impact – 5 to 10 minutes </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>37 trains (1.5 per hour), impact of up to 20 minutes per hour </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Passenger Train – 30 second crossing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Residual impact – 2 to 3 minutes </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>20 minute frequency – impact of up to 18 minutes per hour </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>10 minute frequency – impact of up to 36 minutes per hour </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>Community Rail Study - Key Issues <ul><ul><li>Freight traffic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2008 – 22 per day </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2012 – 27 per day </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2021 – 37 per day </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Traffic Volumes (Township Data) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>200 St - 36,000 to 49,000 vpd </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>202 St – 2,000 to 25,000 vpd </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>208 St – 19,000 to 42,000 vpd </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>216 St – 4,000 to 22,000 vpd </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fraser Hwy – 23,000 to 33,000 vpd </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Key Issues - Regulatory and Safety <ul><ul><li>Road/Rail interaction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Road safety near stations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pedestrian/Cyclist Safety and accessibility issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anti-whistling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Safety Act requirement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BC Hydro approval/indemnification </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Southern Railway of BC standards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Double tracking stations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communications Systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assessment and Improvement of at-grade crossings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Federal/Provincial rail transport rules </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental Assessment </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><ul><li>Potential Ridership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Land Use, population and employment projections </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Type/frequency of service </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Existing/future travel patterns </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pedestrian/cyclist/transit linkages </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provision of Park and Ride facilities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Duplication of services </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Potential Passenger Rail Vehicles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Parry People Movers, LRT cars, BC Hydrogen Highway </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Comparable service – ridership of 5,000 to 6,000 per day </li></ul></ul></ul>Key Issues - Potential Ridership
  9. 9. <ul><ul><li>$82 - $112 million capital cost PLUS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Freight traffic relocation costs or compensation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Right of way acquisition </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Passenger station costs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Modifying industrial sidings </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Double tracking station area </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Parking/pedestrian improvements </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>New LRT like vehicles </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fare revenue collection system </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Train communication and signal systems </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>future safety/grade separation upgrades along the corridor </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$6 million annual operating cost </li></ul></ul>Key Issues – High Level Cost Estimates
  10. 10. <ul><ul><li>Safety and traffic conflict issues with passenger rail </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Must be a physical separation between freight and passenger traffic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Langley not well linked to Abbottsford by community rail </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community rail could draw ridership from future Bus Rapid Transit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Potential Ridership requires further analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Success would require: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Capital and operating funding </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Strong community, political and financial support </li></ul></ul></ul>Study Conclusions
  11. 11. <ul><ul><li>Community Rail corridor be protected for the future </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OCP changes (City and Township) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Incorporate in TransLink 2040 Outlook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TransLink, Delta, Metro Vancouver, and other agencies encouraged to support efforts of the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway Society </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider regional effort to find a long term solution to enhance movement of container traffic </li></ul></ul>Study Recommendations
  12. 12. Related Studies and Background Information <ul><li>Population and employment projections </li></ul><ul><li>Travel Patterns </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability Goals </li></ul><ul><li>South of Fraser Area Transit Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Technical Assessment of Operating Passenger Rail on the Interurban </li></ul><ul><li>Provincial Transit Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Provincial Gateway Program </li></ul><ul><li>Roberts Bank Rail Corridor Study </li></ul><ul><li>Draft Transportation Vision for the FVRD </li></ul>
  13. 13. 1. Population and Employment Projections
  14. 14. 2. Travel Patterns
  15. 15. 3. Sustainability Goals <ul><li>Integrate transportation and community planning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage and facilitate transit oriented developments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide safe and affordable transportation infrastructure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coordinate with other agencies and groups to improve transit and road service </li></ul></ul><ul><li>More complete compact communities </li></ul><ul><li>Live/work within Langley </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce the need for long commute trips </li></ul>
  16. 16. 4. SOFA TP 2031 Network BRT Fraser Hwy 200 Street Highway 1 West Frequent Bus 200 St Highway 1 East 96 Ave 88 Ave 64 Ave Hwy 10 West Fraser Hwy East 32/24 Ave 208 St <ul><li>Facilities </li></ul><ul><li>200 Street Park and Ride/Transit Exchange </li></ul><ul><li>Willowbrook Park and Ride/Transit Exchange </li></ul>
  17. 17. 5. Technical Assessment of Operating Passenger Rail on the Interurban Corridor <ul><li>Determine construction costs for passenger rail between Scott Road and Langley City </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Inventory of existing rail corridor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Describe alternatives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify technical and constructability issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prepare rough order of magnitude costs </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. 5. (cont’d) Operating Passenger Rail - Interurban Corridor <ul><li>Modes examined: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Heavy diesel push-pull commuter (WCE) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Heavy rail diesel multiple unit (DMU) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LRT with diesel multiple unit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LRT with electric multiple unit </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Technical and Constructability Issues: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>19 issues identified with 2 major concerns: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Right of way with BC Hydro electric transmission poles restricts ability to expand rail infrastructure </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>CPR Page subdivision has significant coal/container traffic and is subject to potential expansion </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Rough Order of Magnitude Costs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Heavy Rail Push Pull - $365,000,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Heavy Rail DMU - $355,000,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Light Rail DMU - $590,000,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Light Rail EMU - $695,000,000 </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. 6. Provincial Transit Plan (2020) Expansion of SkyTrain – 6 km to Fleetwood
  20. 20. 6. Provincial Transit Plan (2020) (Bus) BRT Fraser Hwy Hwy 1 King George Hwy Golden Ears Bridge
  21. 21. 7. Provincial Gateway Program <ul><li>Highway 1 Bus/HOV Lanes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>20 buses, 10-15 minute frequency. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>200 Street to Lougheed Mall </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Carvolth Transit Exchange/Park and Ride </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transit/HOV Tunnel, vicinity of 202 Street </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Willowbrook Transit Exchange/Park and Ride </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. 8. Roberts Bank Rail Corridor Study <ul><li>196 Street/54 Ave/192 St Combo Overpass Project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Alternate North/South route to 200 Street </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TransLink Study on Alignment Options </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides north/south link from Langley City to Willoughby </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides link to: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Willowbrook Park and Ride/Transit Exchange </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>200 Street BRT </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fraser Highway BRT </li></ul></ul></ul>
  23. 23. 9. Draft Background Paper for the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) Transportation Vision <ul><li>Conclusions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Transit needs to be improved at the local, regional and inter-regional level by a factor of four or five. Returns on transit expenditures will not yield optimum benefits unless the region’s communities densify considerably and create fully pedestrian and bicycle friendly communities.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ While there is some appetite for expanded rail into the Fraser Valley, the cold hard reality is that the level of demand can easily be met, probably for many decades with rubber tired solutions. Nonetheless steps should be taken to protect rail rights of way for future generations.” </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. Summary <ul><li>Limited information from Community Rail Study </li></ul><ul><li>Differences from Technical Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Population and Employment projections </li></ul><ul><li>Existing Travel Patterns </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability Goals </li></ul><ul><li>South of Fraser Area Transit Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Provincial Transit Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Gateway Program </li></ul><ul><li>Roberts Bank Rail Corridor Study </li></ul><ul><li>Fraser Valley Regional District Transportation Vision </li></ul>
  25. 25. Next Steps <ul><ul><li>Community Rail passenger service be re-examined following successful implementation of a similar type of community rail service between Scott Road and Cloverdale which is significantly greater than the current proposal of a “Heritage Train” (2010). Measures of success include: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ridership levels and construction costs that justify the significant investment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A type of service that is consistent with the communities sustainability goals </li></ul></ul></ul>