Vancouver, BC— A new Ipsos-Reid poll conducted on behalf of the Coalition FOR a Lower Mainland Rapid Transit Solution1 reveals that both the Northeast Sector and Richmond-Airport-Vancouver (RAV) rapid transit projects have broad support from residents across the GVRD. Three-quarters (74%) of GVRD residents support proceeding with the Northeast Sector project linking Coquitlam Town Centre to the Millennium Line and seven-in-ten (69%) support proceeding with the RAV Line. Further, two-thirds (65%) of residents think the Board of TransLink should accept the provincial government’s proposal to save the RAV Line project.
The importance of these rapid transit projects is underlined by survey findings that seven-in-ten (69%) residents think transportation and transit issues should be a “high” priority for municipal, provincial and federal leaders, and that three-quarters (76%) of residents are personally “concerned” about transportation and transit issues.
These are the findings of an Ipsos-Reid telephone poll conducted June 11th to June 14th with a randomly selected sample of 800 adult GVRD residents. The sample includes 200 residents from each of four GVRD regions including Richmond/Vancouver, the North Shore, the Northeast Sector (Anmore, Belcarra, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows and Port Moody) and the rest of the GVRD. The results are considered accurate to within ±3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, of what they would have been had the entire adult GVRD population been polled. The margin of error will be larger within regions and for other sub-groupings of the survey population. These data were statistically weighted to ensure the sample's regional and age/sex composition reflects that of the actual GVRD population according to the 2001 Census.
Most Residents Support Proceeding With Northeast Sector Rapid Transit Project (74%) And RAV Line Project (69%)
There is broad support for both rapid transit projects across all regions of the Greater Vancouver Regional District.
Northeast Sector Rapid Transit Project
Three-quarters (74%) of GVRD residents say they support proceeding with the Northeast Sector Rapid Transit project that would link Coquitlam City Centre to the Millennium SkyTrain line. Four-in-ten (39%) residents “strongly” support proceeding with the project and 36% “somewhat” support proceeding. Two-in-ten (21%) residents oppose the Northeast Sector project, including 10% who “strongly” oppose and 10% who “somewhat” oppose.
The highest regional level of support for this project comes from residents of the Northeast Sector (86% support from residents of Anmore, Belcarra, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows and Port Moody). The project also has the support of nearly eight-in-ten (78%) Richmond/Vancouver residents, three-quarters (75%) of North Shore residents and seven-in-ten (68%) residents of the rest of the GVRD.
The results are consistent across all demographic groups.
RAV Line Project
Seven-in-ten (69%) GVRD residents say they support the RAV Line project. Nearly half (46%) say they “strongly” support the RAV Line project, while two-in-ten (22%) residents “somewhat” support the project. Meanwhile, nearly three-in-ten (28%) residents oppose RAV, including two-in-ten (19%) who “strongly” oppose the project and one-in-ten (10%) who “somewhat” oppose the project.
There is broad support for the RAV Line across all regions of the GVRD. Three-quarters (74%) of North Shore residents and seven-in-ten (71%) Richmond/Vancouver residents say they support the project. Support is slightly lower, near the two-thirds level, for residents of the Northeast Sector (63%) and residents of the rest of the GVRD (67%).
Support for the RAV Line is somewhat higher among younger residents (74% 18-34 years vs. 69% 35-54 years, 66% 55+ years).
Two-Thirds (65%) Think TransLink Board Should Accept Provincial Government’s Proposal To Save Project
Two-thirds (65%) of GVRD residents think the Board of TransLink should accept the provincial government’s recent proposal to save the project. This includes four-in-ten (39%) residents who “strongly” think TransLink should accept the proposal and 26% who “somewhat” think TransLink should accept. Meanwhile, three-in-ten (29%) GVRD residents think the Board of TransLink should reject the provincial government’s proposal (20% “strongly”, 9% “somewhat”).
A majority of residents from all regions think the Board of TransLink should accept the provincial government’s proposal. Two-thirds of North Shore residents (65%), Richmond/Vancouver residents (64%) and rest of GVRD residents (66%) say TransLink should accept the proposal. Support for the provincial government’s proposal is slightly lower, but still a clear majority, among residents of the Northeast Sector (59%).
Seven-in-Ten (69%) Residents Say Transportation/Transit Issues Should Be A High Priority For Leaders
Priority For Leaders
Seven-in-ten (69%) GVRD residents think transportation and transit issues should be a “very high” priority (21%) or “high” priority (47%) for municipal, provincial and federal leaders. Three-in-ten (28%) residents say transportation and transit issues should be a “medium” priority, while very few (3%) residents say these issues should be a “low” priority.
The high priority of transportation and transit issues is consistent across all regions of the GVRD, including 74% of North Shore residents, 72% of Northeast residents, 68% of Richmond/Vancouver residents and 67% of rest of GVRD residents.
Younger residents are less likely to rate transportation and transit issues as a “very high” or “high” priority (63% 18-34 years vs. 71% 35-54 years, 72% 55+ years). The priority of transportation and transit issues tends to increase with household income (63% <$50K, 70% $50-$74K, 79% $75K+).
Three-quarters (76%) of GVRD residents say they are personally concerned about transportation and transit issues facing residents of Greater Vancouver. One-third (32%) are “very” concerned about these issues, while an additional 45% are “somewhat” concerned. One-quarter (23%) of residents are “not too” concerned (18%) or “not at all” concerned (5%) about transportation and transit issues.
There is a high level of personal concern about transportation and transit issues across all regions of the GVRD. The concern is greatest in the Northeast Sector (83%) and the North Shore (80%), followed by Richmond/Vancouver (77%) and the rest of the GVRD (73%).
Concern about transportation and transit issues is higher among regular transit users (84% vs. 74% vehicle users), more educated residents (81% university, 80% some post-secondary vs. 62% high school or less), higher income residents (81% $75K+ vs. 75% $50-$74K, 74% <$50K) and middle-aged residents (82% 35-54 years vs. 70% 18-34 years, 76% 55+ years).
1 The Coalition FOR a Lower Mainland Rapid Transit Solution is a coalition of 30 business and tourism organizations that formed to push for the development of the RAV and Northeast Sector rapid transit lines.
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