Early Works

Early work has been underway since February 2019 to prepare for subway construction which is anticipated to begin in the fall of 2020. Throughout the early work phase, you can expect to see construction activities related to utility relocation, geotechnical investigation, and trolley wire relocation. More information is available on this Trolley Relocation Info Sheet.

We thank everyone for their patience during early works construction. Please check back for construction updates and visit the FAQ page to see Frequently Asked Questions about Early Works. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Utility Relocations

To prepare for subway construction, some utilities near the alignment are being relocated, including electrical, telecommunications, gas, water, and sewer. In fall 2019, utility providers, including BC Hydro, FortisBC and TELUS, are working near the location of Great Northern Way Station to relocate electrical, gas, and telecommunications infrastructure. TELUS is also undertaking work near the intersection of Broadway and Arbutus Street in fall 2019. Work at these locations involves temporary impacts to sidewalks and streets, as well as a temporary closure of a section of Arbutus Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue (on Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20, 2019). Business and residential access will be maintained for the duration of this work.

Trolley Wire Relocation

Once construction starts, there will be temporary detours for the 14, 16 and 17 trolley bus routes, while the 9 and 99 will remain on Broadway throughout construction. These changes will keep Broadway safe for workers and the public while keeping buses people and traffic moving during construction of the subway project. To facilitate these temporary detours, crews from TransLink and the City of Vancouver will be installing trolley poles and wires, and upgrading intersection signals and lampposts, on behalf of the Project. There will be no changes to transit service, and minimal disruption to pedestrians, cyclists and vehicle traffic is expected.

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