Port Moody group wants more SkyTrain stations – Jennifer Mcfee
Coquitlam NOW – Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Two is not enough.
That’s the message from a group of Port Moody residents and merchants who hope to see three SkyTrain stations pop up in the city along the Evergreen Line.
Currently, two stations are planned in Port Moody along the 11-kilometre track — one near the West Coast Express station and a second in the Ioco area.
However, the Port Moody Western Station Committee would like to see a third station built to serve the west end of the city.
Committee chair John Grasty said this third station could create a west-end gateway to Port Moody, while also boosting environmental and economic benefits.
“The citizens that live in that area have been underserved for far too long. They have very little in the way of services — transit and commercial,” said Grasty, a Port Moody resident and real estate agent.
“I think it’s going to help revitalize Moody Centre. I think it’s an opportunity to develop an arts and cultural centre for the City of the Arts and preserve the heritage character of Port Moody.”
This additional station would encourage commercial development and help integrate isolated parts of the community, Grasty added.
“The most important thing is to let TransLink know that the people in the west end of Port Moody are willing to do what it takes to get their station there,” he said.
“I’ve heard it from dozens of people that they want the services there. They don’t want to be driving into Burnaby or driving into Coquitlam to get their services.”
To garner support, the Western Station Committee is gathering signatures on public petitions posted at Closet Addiction Boutique on Clarke Street and Joe’s Atlantic Grill on St. Johns Street.
“We want to show that the people of Port Moody are behind this. It doesn’t matter whether they live in Newport Village or on the north shore. We want to pull this together with citizens of Port Moody for them to help support their neighbours in the west end,” said Grasty, adding that the group will also make a presentation at the May 26 council meeting.
“Inevitably, it’s going to help revitalize the area and make Moody Centre a better place. Everyone would benefit from that.”
TransLink spokesperson Ken Hardie said public input is always welcome, whether it’s through petitions, e-mail, letters or presentations.
“We’re early enough in the process that fundamentally a lot of things could be still on the table. We would entertain all thoughts and suggestions certainly at this point because the design isn’t in place,” Hardie said.
Groups or individuals can also sign up online to speak as delegations at TransLink’s board meetings, with the next dates set for June 5 and July 16.
“We’re certainly a way out from having the final design in place,” Hardie said.
“One of the things the board is focused on right now is closing the funding gaps because unless we do that, we can’t build the Evergreen Line.”
More information on the Evergreen Line, including contacts for comments, is posted online at www.evergreenline.gov.bc.ca.
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