Mayor Confirms Broadway Subway on Track as Consultation Work Moves Forward

June 23, 2017 | Better Transit

June 23, 2017 (Vancouver, BC) – This week, the City of Vancouver and TransLink are moving forward with the next phase of work on the Broadway Subway extension, hosting several public events to gather feedback on future stations. The Broadway Subway extension is one of several major projects under the Mayors’ Council’s 10-Year Vision on Transit and Transportation that includes urgently-needed road and transit infrastructure to meet the needs of our region’s growing population.

“Building the Broadway Subway is the single best thing we can do to cut traffic congestion and transit overcrowding in Vancouver, taking 50,000 cars off the road and delivering 250,000 trips its first day alone,” says Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Metro Vancouver Mayors have a plan to deliver on regional transit and road infrastructure; with $2.2 billion on the table from the federal government, we are eager to work with the next provincial government as quickly as possible to deliver action on the Broadway Subway and other major projects, to cut congestion and bring relief to transit overcrowding.”

  • A City of Vancouver staff analysis shows that extending the Broadway Subway would benefit commuters across Metro Vancouver:
  • 2,000 transit passengers are passed up at Commercial Broadway station during rush hour
  • The Broadway Subway could handle 20,000 people per hour
  • 50% of trips to UBC and the Broadway Corridor are from outside Vancouver
  • The Broadway Corridor is the second biggest job centre in British Columbia
  • Transit volumes would double on Broadway if rapid transit capacity was added

Earlier this year, TransLink began rolling out Phase 1 of the Mayors’ 10-Year Vision - a $2 billion investment and Metro Vancouver’s largest transportation expansion in a decade. The Mayors’ Council has put forward a comprehensive plan to the B.C. government to collaborate on a full funding strategy and legislative changes needed to complete the remainder of the Vision.

“With one million more people moving to the region over the next 30 years, the Broadway Extension Project is crucial to meeting the growing demand for transit and addressing congestion along this corridor,” said Kevin Desmond, CEO of TransLink. “We want people living and working along the corridor to get involved and provide input.”

TransLink will be hosting several open houses at 511 W. Broadway starting this weekend to gather feedback on station design, both inside (accessibility, escalators, lighting, wayfinding, art and retail) and outside (seating, bike parking, bike share stations and public art):

  • Saturday, June 24th, 10am – 2pm
  • Tuesday, June 27th, 4-7pm
  • Wednesday, June 28th, 4-7pm

People who are not able to attend any of the public open houses can also provide input until July 8 by filling out an online questionnaire at translink.ca/broadwayextension. 

TransLink has also been consulting with businesses and other stakeholders along the proposed Broadway Subway route, and will be hosting two workshops today at the Vancouver Masonic Centre from 2-4pm and 6-8pm.

A public engagement process is also underway for the Surrey Light Rail Transit Project until July 7. More information on how to get involved and provide feedback is available at translink.ca/surreylrt.