Transit-oriented communities must wait
Carvolth exchange near 202 Street and 86 Avenue in Langley Township, B.C. on Sunday January 19, 2014. Langley's Carvolth neighbourhood might be the only designated "frequent transit development area" not on TransLink's list of rapid 15-minute service — as it's literally at the edge of the transit provider's service reach — yet it's still attracted large firms such as Deloitte and Touche and KPMG due to its centralized highway location. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)
TransLink executives say there are a number of neighbourhoods now built with the intention of fully integrating with transit — and that’s great news — but don’t expect any service growth there yet.
The service provider’s chief financial officer Cathy McLay told 24 hours on Wednesday two such examples are Coquitlam’s Burke Mountain neighbourhood and Surrey’s Clayton area.
Chief operating officer Doug Kelsey said Burke Mountain in particular is a great example because of the community’s efforts to limit street access, and reduce garage sizes and the width of streets in preparation for dense transit service.
“One of the challenges we have is how do you do that? In a limited funding environment we have many needs not unlike the Burke Mountain.”
McLay said more details would be forthcoming once a vision for transit funding is laid out in June.