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More Canada Line stations part of Cambie transit plan

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver



For the final part of our transit series, 24 hours looks at Vancouver’s Cambie corridor south of 16th Avenue, and the area’s proposals for two new rapid transit stations.

"Access to transportation for our clients and our business is really important. It’s also part of a healthy community when you have a good transit system." — Anna Marie D’Angelo, VCH

A residential care facility development is guiding the arrival of a new Canada Line station in Vancouver — one of two that have been anticipated to complete rapid transportation stations along the Cambie corridor.

A station at Cambie and 57th Avenue would be part of a $500-million plan that would see nearly 3,000 new dwellings west of the intersection. Vancouver Coastal Health spokeswoman Anna Marie D’Angelo said the land — about four blocks of space owned by the health authority — would be redeveloped at profit to fund a rebuild of the George Pearson Centre and nearby Dogwood Lodge.

In Vancouver, the Cambie corridor south of 16th Avenue is considered part of its “frequent transit development area.”

And though developing a Broadway-UBC subway is a higher priority than the new station, Coun. Geoff Meggs said it’s council’s intention to approve the latter as long as funding can be secured.

The other planned Canada Line station would sit at 33rd Avenue, he added, to complete a connection to the nearby Children’s and Women’s Health Centre at Oak Street.

The 33rd Avenue station is not confirmed and would depend on provincial funding and partnerships.

Once everything’s finished, there would be a rapid transit station within 400 metres of any pedestrian on Cambie Street — a number considered optimal for attracting transit ridership, Meggs said.

“That’s the distance that pedestrians are comfortable walking — after that the ridership goes down,” he said.

TransLink director of strategic planning and policy Tamim Raad said the authority doesn’t have enough money right now to develop the stations. An underground station cost $30 million a decade ago and the cost today would certainly be more, he said.

However, TransLink, according to a city of Vancouver report, is dedicating $723,000 to figure out how it could redevelop its Oakridge Transit Centre, currently an unused 5.6-hectare property at 949 W 41 Ave.

The money would be used to identify land use, density, height, public benefits and other features, with a report back to council in 2015.


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