Douglas Todd: There are cons, not just pros, for a subway to UBC
A subway to the University of B.C. would be a game changer, and, apparently, a crowd pleaser.
A subway would recast the city and region. Hundreds of thousands of more people would connect quickly each day among UBC, downtown, the airport, Burnaby, New Westminster and beyond. The university would grow into a bigger empire than it already is. And the value of tracts of Indigenous-controlled land on Vancouver’s already-costly west side will inflate.
The public seems to be buying into the vision, in part to get more polluting cars off the road and reduce the number of lumbering buses on arterial roads. Polls suggest about four in five residents like the dream of a seven-kilometre subway to UBC, which would connect with the under-construction Broadway extension at Arbutus Street.
UBC and its appointed development team are pushing hard for it. Most politicians, with exceptions like former Vancouver councillor Colleen Hardwick, have been on board. They just need to dig up the estimated $4 billion to complete the mostly underground project, expected to move 20,000 people each direction every hour.
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