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SkyTrain to UBC

TransLink is studying an extension of the Millennium Line from Arbutus to UBC that would better connect students, employees and residents who travel between UBC and other parts of Metro Vancouver with a high speed and frequent SkyTrain service.

More than ten years ago, TransLink partnered with the Province, City of Vancouver, the University of British Columbia (UBC), University Endowment Lands, and Metro Vancouver on the UBC Line Rapid Transit Study, which looked at more than 200 possible technology and alignment options between Commercial Broadway and the University of British Columbia's Point Grey campus.

In 2014, the Mayors' Council 10-Year Vision recommended an extension of the Millennium Line from VCC-Clark to Arbutus, and that portion of the project is now funded and moving forward as the Broadway Subway Project.

Since late 2017, TransLink has been collaborating with the City of Vancouver and UBC on updating the prior technical assessments of connecting rapid transit the rest of the way to UBC, including updating ridership forecasts, capacity requirements, technology assumptions, and cost estimates.

The resulting Rail to UBC report concludes that a SkyTrain extension of the Millennium Line will provide enough capacity to meet demand beyond 2045 and is expandable to meet the longer-term transportation needs of the region.

 

What comes next?

The Mayors' Council recommended SkyTrain as the preferred technology for extending rapid transit to the University of British Columbia. This endorsement of the report allows TransLink to use funding allocated in the Phase Two Investment Plan to do more technical work.

TransLink, working closely with partners, will proceed with further developing the preliminary design of this SkyTrain extension and conducting public and stakeholder engagement to assess support for the project, business case development and securing project approval and funding would occur through a future Investment Plan.

The 99 B-Line route on the Broadway Corridor is the busiest bus route in Canada and the United States, moving up to 60,000 transit customers a day on articulated buses that run every 2-3 minutes in peak times. Even with buses running this frequently, it is also the region's most overcrowded bus route.

 

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