Expo and Millennium Upgrade Program

The Expo Line, the region's first rail rapid transit line, opened in 1985. In the three decades since, the region has extended the original Expo Line from Vancouver to Surrey and built the Millennium Line to reach as far as Coquitlam with 60 km of track. Annual ridership on the Expo and Millennium Lines reached 111 million boardings in 2018 and is projected to grow significantly in the coming decade.

To accommodate this future growth, support longer trains and more frequent service, we are making major investments over the next ten years. These upgrades will keep the system safe, reliable and comfortable for our customers well into the future.

When the Program is fully implemented, the Expo Line will be able to move 17,500 passengers per hour per direction, and the Millennium Line will be able to move 7,500 passengers per hour per direction. This represents a 32 and 96 percent increase respectively over the existing capacity.

Highlights of the planned upgrades:

  • Purchase and delivery of 200+ new train cars to expand capacity and replace aging fleet.
  • Expanded vehicle storage facilities to accommodate new fleet.
  • Upgrades to operations and maintenance centres, mainline power, and control systems to support more frequent train service and longer trains.
  • Upgrades at Brentwood Town Centre and Burrard Stations to increase passenger capacity, accessibility, amenities, and improve neighbourhood integration.

The Government of Canada, Government of B.C and the region have committed to investing $1.86 billion in the Expo and Millennium Upgrade Program until 2027. This program is funded through our Investment Plan and includes funding from the Public Transportation Infrastructure Fund and Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.