Broadway Subway

Vital transportation to meet our region's future demands

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

Benefits

The Broadway Subway 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 Subway 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 Subway?

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.

Map

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

The City's responsibility

The City is responsible for the streets, water pipes, sewers, development, land use, and transportation planning in the corridor. We also represent the businesses and residents along the Broadway Subway. 

As a partner on the delivery of the Broadway Subway project, we offer advice to the Province on the design of the stations and construction planning.

Process and documents

View our guidance principles and documents for this project.

Broadway Plan

We’re preparing to start work on a new two-year process to create a Broadway area plan, which will align with the future Millennium Line Broadway Extension (Broadway Subway).

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