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<p>Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan says he hopes asking for public opinion about the Millennium Line expansion will help avoid the kind of controversy the Canada Line has created.</p>

Mayor Sam Sullivan wants your opinion on Millennium Line



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Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan visits the Stadium Skytrain Station yesterday. Sullivan released an online survey asking the public to comment on a proposed Millennium Rapid Transit Line expansion to Central Broadway – and ultimately UBC.



Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan says he hopes asking for public opinion about the Millennium Line expansion will help avoid the kind of controversy the Canada Line has created.



An online survey released this weekend asked for people’s thoughts on whether the line should be above or below ground and what route it should follow. It can be seen at www.mayorsamsullivan.ca.



"You need consensus," he said, adding he wants to give area businesses the chance to respond to plans regarding rapid transit along West Broadway.



The expansion, aimed at reducing traffic and overcrowding on buses, as well as providing easier access to the University of B.C., is a long way off, said TransLink spokesperson Ken Hardie.



"It’s our intention to do the Evergreen Line before the Millennium Line," he said.



That line, expected to be complete by 2013, will extend SkyTrain service to Coquitlam.



Vision Vancouver Coun. Raymond Louie criticized Sullivan for releasing the survey without consulting city council.



"I can’t go to every member of council with everything I ask," Sullivan said, adding he consulted with TransLink in putting the survey together.



Earlier this year, TransLink confirmed plans for a $1-million Broadway West Millennium Line study.




















ridership doubled




  • Transit ridership on Broadway has doubled in the last 10 years, with more than 60,000 bus passengers travelling the corridor every day.


 
 
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