Canada Line train at an underground SkyTrain station

Millennium Line Broadway Extension (Broadway Subway)

Vital transportation to meet our region's future demands

We are working with TransLink to advance the design and construction of the Broadway Extension, a tunneled extension of the Millennium Line SkyTrain along the Broadway Corridor from the existing VCC–Clark Station to Arbutus Street.

The Broadway Extension will benefit the region by:

  • Supporting continued growth of the Broadway Corridor, a major employment centre
  • Enabling more people to travel with dependable trip times along the corridor and regional network

Creating the Broadway Extension is the top priority from our Transportation 2040 Plan.

The Broadway Corridor is BC’s largest employment centre after Downtown Vancouver

The Broadway Corridor stretches from Commercial Drive to UBC, and connects jobs and innovation hubs in our region, including Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) and UBC.

The Corridor is currently served by the 99 B-line, the busiest bus route in Canada or the USA. At Commercial Drive and Broadway, 2,000 people are left waiting for the next bus every morning. Every year, 500,000 people waiting at bus stops along this route get passed by at least one full bus.

Why build the Broadway Extension?

Support a growing regional corridor

Meet the needs of today and tomorrow

Support economic growth and environmental targets

It's the best option

By City of Vancouver

For over 15 years, we've worked with TransLink to study the best possible transportation option for the Broadway Corridor. Here’s what we’ve learned so far.

  • More volume

    By City of Vancouver

    A tunnelled SkyTrain extension allows for the highest number of travellers and ensures that the new system retains the capacity required for the region’s growing needs.

  • Less transfers

    By City of Vancouver

    A tunnelled SkyTrain extension reduces the need for transfers at Commercial-Broadway Station – the region’s biggest transit bottleneck.

  • Lower operating costs

    By City of Vancouver

    SkyTrain technology has the lowest operating costs per kilometre and per passenger than other technologies like light rail transit or bus rapid transit.

  • More flexible

    By City of Vancouver

    Because SkyTrain technology is driverless, TransLink can easily add or remove cars to accommodate demand.

  • More efficient goods movement

    By City of Vancouver

    Underground transit will free up road space for more efficient goods movement and vehicle transportation.

  • Faster commutes

    By City of Vancouver

    The SkyTrain extension would cut travel time from Commercial-Broadway to Arbutus in half. People commuting from Coquitlam Centre Station would reach Central Broadway in about 40 minutes – as fast as by car.

  • Meets the regional vision

    By City of Vancouver

    The Mayor’s Council vision for transportation in the region outlines the need for the Broadway Subway to help meet our collective transportation needs.


The Broadway Extension (marked in orange) has six potential stations. The station locations are approximate.

Project timeline

Here is our process and anticipated milestones.

  • 1999-2012

    City works with TransLink to evaluate rapid transit options along the corridor.

    Options were compared using a number of factors including customer service, cost effectiveness, and environmental and community impacts. Based on study results, the City and TransLink recommended that the Millennium SkyTrain Line be extended in an underground tunnel west through central Broadway, with a rapid bus connection to UBC.

  • 2013

    City creates Transportation 2040 Plan

    The Plan calls for an underground Millennium Line extension along the Broadway Corridor as the City’s top transportation priority.

  • 2014

    Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation releases "Regional Transportation Investments: A Vision for Metro Vancouver"

    The vision includes a Millennium Line Broadway Extension to Arbutus, completed within 10 years, as part of a regional growth support strategy.

  • 2015-2016

    City and TransLink work to advance project design and secure funding from senior levels of government

  • 2016

    Funding secured for Phase 1 work

    The Public Transit Infrastructure Fund pays for Phase 1 work for design development and business case completion. The federal government commits to funding 50% of the Broadway Extension. The provincial government announces funding for TransLink to make improvements to the overall transportation network.

    City and TransLink do geotechnical investigations as part of the project design.

  • We are here
  • 2017-2018

    Phase 1 funding will be used to further define the scope of the project

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