VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A new poll coming out of UBC finds the majority of people in Metro Vancouver support extending the SkyTrain to the campus.
The poll, conducted by Research Co. and commissioned by UBC, found 82 per cent of people surveyed support extending the Millennium Line to UBC beyond Arbutus Street. According to the university, 60 per cent of respondents also agreed that connecting UBC with rapid transit line would be good for the region, not just the university community.
The poll also found more people supported extending the SkyTrain to UBC (82 per cent), as opposed to extending only to Arbutus (71 per cent). Sixty-five per cent favoured SkyTrain as the best method to get rapid transit out to the campus.
Another 46 per cent said they would be more likely to visit UBC if there was a SkyTrain.
60% of Metro Vancouverites said connecting @UBC with a rapid transit line should be considered a regional priority as it will bring benefits to the entire region, not just the campus community.https://t.co/U8LaUHpyia
— Mario Canseco (@mario_canseco) February 7, 2019
As to what could encourage more people to get on-board, more than two-thirds said a significant financial contribution from UBC would help sell the idea. Increasing access to affordable housing was another possible benefit some supported.
1,900 adults in Metro Vancouver were surveyed in the field between Nov. 14 and 20 2018. It has a margin of error of +/- 2.3 per cent 19 times out of 20.
You can read more about the study here.