About the Project
What is the Broadway Subway project?
The Broadway Subway project is a 5.7-kilometre extension of the existing Millennium Line SkyTrain from VCC-Clark Station to Arbutus Street. Read the project overview.
Why is the Broadway Subway project needed?
The Broadway Subway will replace the 99 B-Line bus route to Arbutus Street. The 99 B-Line route is the busiest bus route in Canada and the U.S. and can no longer effectively meet demand. Buses get caught in traffic congestion and people are often passed up by full buses.
Will the Broadway Subway improve travel times?
Yes, the Broadway Subway will save the average commuter almost 30 minutes a day compared to the 99 B-Line service today. It will allow for three times the current capacity of the 99 B-Line bus service, with room to grow in the future.
Trains will arrive every three to four minutes during rush hours. Travelling from VCC – Clark Station to Arbutus will take about 11 minutes.
Where are the station locations?
The Broadway Subway will connect businesses, jobs, communities and people with six new underground stations at:
- Great Northern Way: on the east side of Thornton Street, just north of Great Northern Way
- Mount Pleasant: at the southwest corner of Broadway and Main Street
- Broadway–City Hall: using the existing entrance to the Canada Line at the southeast corner of Broadway and Cambie Street
- Fairview–VGH: on the southwest corner of Broadway and Laurel Street, near Oak Street
- South Granville: on the northeast corner of Broadway and Granville Street
- Arbutus: at the northeast corner of Broadway and Arbutus Street.
Note, interim station names were chose for wayfinding purposes and are not considered final at this time.
When does construction start?
Construction is anticipated to start in fall 2020 with the line in service in 2025. Once the contractor who will design and build the project is selected, the Broadway Subway Project team will provide more information on construction plans and timing.
Who will construct the project?
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is delivering the Broadway Subway project, as it already owns the existing SkyTrain system. The Ministry will identify a qualified construction contractor through a competitive process. This process began in February 2019.
How will the Broadway Subway be constructed?
The Broadway Subway Project will be mainly constructed by underground tunneling methods. Street-level construction can be expected in areas and blocks where stations will be constructed, and at each end of the line.
Why not extend all the way to University of British Columbia during this construction phase?
The current, approved project extends the line between VCC-Clark and Arbutus which was identified as a priority by the Mayors’ Council, and follows years of technical study and consultation. Future projects will be considered, and any additional investment would require cooperation and cost sharing from all levels of government – provincial, federal and local.
In the meantime, the Arbutus Street terminus will be designed to allow for future rapid transit expansion to UBC.
What are the Broadway Subway Early Works projects?
Trolley bus routes 14, 16 and 17 will be relocated to the adjacent streets in 2020 to keep Broadway safe for workers and equipment while keeping buses people and traffic moving during construction of the subway project.
In addition, some utilities are being relocated in advance of construction beginning in fall 2020.
Where are you adding trolley infrastructure?
Several intersections are being upgraded and poles for the trolley wires are being installed:
- Along Macdonald Street, between 4th Avenue and Broadway Avenue;
- Along 12th Avenue, between Arbutus and Granville Street, and Oak and Cambie Street; and
- Along Cambie Street, between Broadway Avenue and 12th Avenue.
Where will the new bus stops be located?
The locations for the new bus stops are currently being planned, and details will be provided prior to rerouting in 2020.
Will service on these bus routes move back to Broadway after subway construction?
Yes. The trolley changes are temporary for the duration of construction beginning in 2020.
Will the trolley wires be removed once construction is complete?
No. The trolley overhead infrastructure will remain in place so that TransLink can reroute trolley services in the event of an accident or other disruption to the normal routing, and for flexibility to adjust routes if customer needs or behaviours change as needed in the future.
Will there be any impact to trees?
Minimizing impacts to existing trees is a priority – along with considering the safety of workers installing the electric trolley infrastructure and the people and surrounding communities during operations. Construction crews are working closely with the City of Vancouver’s arborist to install this new infrastructure in a way that minimizes impacts to trees and the surrounding community environment.
How will construction impact local business and residents?
Construction of each underground station is anticipated to take approximately two years, and is expected to include approximately one block of excavation, which will be covered to allow traffic to move through the corridor. The project team is already engaging closely with businesses on and adjacent to Broadway regarding construction, access and signage. We’ll be requiring the contractor who will design and build the project to maintain residential, customer and delivery access, visibility and signage. We’re committed to communicating all anticipated impacts in advance and on an ongoing basis throughout construction of the project.
Budget and Funding
What is the budget for the Broadway Subway project?
Budget for the construction of the Broadway Subway project is $2.83 billion.
Who is paying for the Broadway Subway project?
On September 4, 2018, the Governments of Canada and British Columbia confirmed the business case and funding for the Broadway Subway project. The funding breakdown for Phase 2 is:
- Government of Canada: $888.4 million
- Government of British Columbia: $1.82 billion
- City of Vancouver: $99.8 million (in-kind contribution)
An additional $17 million went towards the full project cost under Phase 1.
The Broadway Subway is a key part of the rapid transit program in the Metro Vancouver Phase 2 Mayors’ Council 10-Year Vision. That vision is funded by the Governments of Canada and British Columbia, Metro Vancouver municipalities, and TransLink.
Who will operate the Broadway Subway?
Once constructed, the Broadway Subway will be integrated with the regional transit network and operated and maintained by TransLink.
What is the Community Benefits Agreement?
- The Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) is an agreement between the Province and B.C.’s major building trades unions. It describes how workers are hired and employed on select major public infrastructure projects in B.C.
- The Community Benefits Agreement helps deliver good-paying jobs, better training and apprenticeships, and more trades opportunities for Indigenous people, women and youth around the province.
Where can I read the CBA?
Click here to view a PDF of the Community Benefits Agreement.
What is BCIB?
- BC Infrastructure Benefits Inc. (BCIB) is the new provincial Crown corporation created to implement the CBA. Workers on the Broadway Subway project will be BCIB employees. BCIB will recruit, hire, support and pay workers on its projects.
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