For Immediate Release.
The Coalition of Progressive Electors have serious concerns regarding the City of Vancouver’s proposal to extend the Broadway Subway to Arbutus. The real purpose is to rezone the Broadway Corridor, resulting in increased density, in the form of high-rises, as was done with Metrotown. Such a plan will be detrimental to small businesses along the Broadway Corridor, likely with the same consequences as the development of the Cambie Line had for local merchants there. We are concerned that the project and subsequent development of the corridor will negatively impact rental affordability in the neighbourhood. We also question the funding proposal of utilizing public-private partnerships via developers, in exchange for neighbourhood rezoning in order to help fund the $2 Billion cost of extending the Subway Line to Arbutus.
Instead of the subway that the Mayor continues to push for despite public opposition, why is there not an investigation into the more affordable option of at-grade light rail, combined with higher capacity buses on major arterial routes? Vancouver need only look to how many European cities are doing transit, many of which have utilized the highly effective LRT systems. There are many more efficient and economical options that would better serve more people – at less cost – than a subway line.
The Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE) is Vancouver’s oldest progressive electoral organization. Founded in 1968, it is a membership based organization that stands for affordability, environmental sustainability, and robust arts and culture. More information is available at http://cope.bc.ca