SkyTrain Extension: Next Stop UBC
For many years, your AMS has been advocating for better transit for students and a SkyTrain to UBC. Important steps have been made in the last year and if the project stays within its current timeline we could see this SkyTrain extension to UBC completed as soon as 2031, but there’s still a lot of work to be done.
The SkyTrain extension project has been floating around since 1999 and in this time some misconceptions have developed among the campus community and wider Vancouver area. As well as addressing these misconceptions, we wanted to know what the SkyTrain to UBC means to students by hearing your ‘transit tales’ that truly show the value of this extension.
To keep the momentum going and make sure UBC students stay informed and engaged with the SkyTrain to UBC project, we will be sharing student transit tales and misconceptions with you over the next few months. Stay tuned here and on the Facebook using the hashtag #NextStopUBC.
To ensure student voices remain central to this issue, we asked UBC students to share their transits tales. We presented these tales to the MetroVancouver Mayors’ Council, and attribute much of the council voting in favor of the UBC SkyTrain extension to your enlightening transit tales. Read student transit tales below:
“Year round, the buses are sometimes at standing capacity when I board, even though I board only two stops from 29th ave station. My commute impinges on my ability and desire to travel to campus. I research from off campus, which impacts my ability to collaborate and leverage on-campus University resources.” – Anonymous, Vancouver
“I hate that it wastes so much time that I could be spending on learning, and reaching my best potential. I need the skytrain to UBC so that I am able to commute to UBC stress-free and easily so that I can focus all of my energy towards my education. I would use the skytrain primarily to study but also to be able to utilize all the resources that the campus has to offer. My commute makes it that I dread having to come to campus, I don’t want to feel that way because I really do love campus and all that it has to offer.” – Anonymous, Vancouver
This project has been floating around since 1999. Important steps have been made in the last year and if the project stays within its current timeline we could see this completed as soon as 2031. This year both the Vancouver City Council and MetroVancouver Mayors’ Council held important votes to approve the early stages of this SkyTrain project. The AMS was present at every meeting and spoke on behalf of students about the importance of this project for our campus. The AMS has been actively advocating for the extension and will be continuing our work with the support of students to ensure this stays at the forefront of the regional transportation conversation.
In 2017 40% of overcrowding in the region was happening on bus lines servicing UBC. Additionally, 52% of all trips to UBC are by transit. Each day there are over 80,000 trips to and from UBC and more than 1,000 buses come through the bus exchange.
The Challenge: Cost of Textbooks
Textbook prices continue to soar and we’re finding that many students either can’t afford to buy course-required material or are willing to find other, often illicit, ways of accessing textbook material. This just won’t do. Students should not be forced to choose between suffering financially by purchasing textbooks worth hundreds of dollars and doing well in class. A long-term solution is urgently needed to make course materials more affordable. So what is your AMS doing about it?
The Solution: Open Educational Resources (OERs)
The AMS #TextbookBrokeBC campaign is advocating for campus-wide uptake of these OERs to ensure students aren’t forced to either suffer financially or do without course-required textbooks at the expense of their learning. These digital resources come in a variety of mediums including open access textbooks, journals, videos, practice sets, and any other course material that can be shared, edited, and redistributed. There are two key benefits to these resources: accessibility and advancement.
Student Benefit: Accessibility
OERs remove financial barriers by replacing expensive textbooks and course-required material with free digital resources.
Student & Faculty benefit: Advancement
OERs are openly licensed – this means that faculty can continuously modify and update content. It also enables faculty to mold OERs to best fit their teaching style, rather than adapting courses around existing resources. And because anyone can edit and distribute open resources, faculty can involve students in the creation and dissemination of knowledge for greater audiences and champion the non-disposable assignment.
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How can students get involved?
- Actually use OERs – you can be the best advocate for these resources by simply using them for your research and to understand your course material better.
- Tell others about OERs and encourage them to use them.
- Utilize your course evaluations at the end of the semester to let your professors know what you thought about the course materials that they used.
Examples of UBC courses and departments using open textbooks and OERs
Rent With Rights
Your room is not your own
The Rent with Rights campaign aims to improve the housing rights currently available to students living in on-campus residences and housing.
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Getting home from Downtown Vancouver after dark is now easier and safer with Translink’s NightBus District. The N17 connects the downtown core with UBC in the early hours of the morning, every day of the week, on the following schedule.
Safewalk is an AMS service that will accompany UBC students, staff and visitors across campus after dusk. So if you feel unsafe getting from point A to point B and no other form of transportation is available, get in touch with Safewalk (open daily 8pm-2am).
Other Safety Contacts
In case of an emergency, call 9-1-1
In case of a non-emergency:
- Call UBC Security at 604-822-2222 (they can accompany you across campus after 2am)
- Call RCMP on campus or University Endowment Lands at 604-224-1322
- Call Transit police at 604-515-8300 or text 77.77
- Call Vancouver Police Department at 604-717-3321