TransLink’s Mayors’ Council has voted to move forward with SkyTrain as the chosen technology to get rapid transit to UBC.

Next up is a $3 million early planning process that will lead to the start of a business case process in 2020 that will cost a further $30-40 million.

The early planning process will identify possible station locations, refined route and alignment options, and the segments that will be tunnelled and elevated, particularly on the last stretch of University Boulevard median west of Blanca Street.

A SkyTrain extension from Arbutus Street to UBC is currently unfunded, but regional leaders are hoping to take advantage of the upcoming federal election campaign when spending promises are made.

The 7 km extension is expected to cost between $2.8 billion and $3.2 billion and could be completed by 2030, five years after the extension reaches Arbutus Street.

Last modified: February 16, 2019

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