If you’ve ever been late for work or school and passed over by a crowded 99 B-Line bus on Broadway, your day of reckoning may be at hand.
The city of Vancouver has just unveiled a plan for a new, $2.8 billion subway line running along Broadway, all the way from the VCC-Clark Station to UBC, according to an article in the Vancouver Sun.
The plan aims to relieve pressure along one of the city’s busiest transportation corridors, which sees some 160,000 transit trips every day. The area is only expected to get busier in the years ahead, as commercial and residential development along Broadway increases.
So what’s this new subway line going to look like? And when can we expect to get onboard?
In contrast to the once controversial Canada Line – which required ripping up entire streets during the construction process – the proposed Broadway line will be a bored tunnel running entirely underground. In other words, surface disruptions to roads and businesses during construction will be minimal.
Phase one of the line will start at the VCC-Clark station, at the terminus of the Millennium Line. From there, it will run westward underneath Broadway to Arbutus Street, with multiple stops along the way. The city is estimating that this phase alone will cost $1.5 billion.
Once that is completed, designers aim to extend the line one stop at a time all the way out to UBC. Each stop will cost around $50 million, according to the Vancouver Sun article.
But don’t expect to be swishing up and down Broadway in a state-of-the-art train anytime soon. Supposing that a final decision on the subway plan is reached this year, the soonest the line would open is 2021. In other words, you can count on at least another eight years or so of piling into the 99 B-Line bus – if it’s not already full.
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