Is Cambie-Style Construction Chaos Coming to Kits?

A community group will hold a Town Hall-style meeting on a proposed, massive Broadway corridor transit project.
A grassroots community group has formed to support growing calls for public consultation and transparency around the new $2.8 million “UBC Rapid Transit Line” - set to span the length of Broadway to UBC. The as-yet unnamed community group - made up of residents and business owners along the busy avenue - are concerned that a Cambie Street – style chaos might be coming to their neighbourhood in the form of construction on a new Skytrain line. Since there has been no public consultation held by Translink as yet, the community group is holding its own form of consultation at a "town hall" style meeting on Tuesday, April 14th in evening at St. James Community Square.

"The provincial government implies that building a Skytrain line across Broadway is a done deal but they haven’t discussed any of the potential impacts or options with the affected community,” said Mel Lehan, a spokesperson for the new group. “Cambie St. has shown what happens when residents aren’t consulted. So a coalition of residents and merchants are holding a public meeting to hear from residents’ associations, transportation experts, business owners, and of course, the general public”, Lehan added.

The public meeting will be held April 14 at 3214 West 10th Avenue (beginning at 7.30pm) and participants will have a chance to discuss possible issues surrounding the UBC line, including alternative transit options, compensation for affected residents and merchants, pollution and congestion impacts and preserving neighbourhood character. Translink’s website notes that it is a proud partner of UBC and the City of Vancouver and that it welcomes the Province’s award of $2.8 million for a new Broadway line. Despite its list of Principles of Consultation on its website, Translink has yet to hold public consultations on the Broadway line

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