The Broadway Subway Project is a 5.7 km extension of the Millennium Line, from VCC-Clark Station to Broadway and Arbutus. Currently, these are the most frequently asked questions.
Once constructed, the Broadway Subway will be integrated with the regional transit network and operated and maintained by TransLink.
Planning and analysis on this line have been underway for many years, and included the City, Province, TransLink and the region’s mayors as part of the Mayors’ Council. A decision was made by the mayors to fund and build rapid transit to UBC in two phases based on available funding. Funding is in place for the Broadway Subway Project, which is defined from VCC-Clark to Arbutus, with completion in 2025.
The City, TransLink and UBC are involved in a planning initiative to extend the subway to UBC. In the meantime, the Arbutus Street terminus will be designed to allow for future rapid transit expansion to UBC.
The Broadway Subway Project will be mainly constructed by underground tunneling methods. Twin tunnels with an excavation diameter of 6 metres will be built using two tunnel boring machines. The Project also includes 700 metres of elevated guideway from VCC-Clark station to a tunnel portal in the Great Northern Way Area. The project is on schedule for the new line to open in 2025.
Street-level construction and excavation occurs in the blocks where stations will be constructed, and at each end of the line. Traffic decking is being built in the station blocks on Broadway to allow people to travel through the corridor. A number of properties in station blocks are being used for off-street work and storage areas to support construction of the underground stations. This helps keep construction activity off Broadway and adjacent streets as much as possible to mitigate disruption and manage safety for people visiting or traveling through the area. You can access businesses, services and residences on Broadway throughout construction.
The Project is being built using a Community Benefits Agreement to help employ locals, women, Indigenous people and others traditionally underrepresented in the trades, and increase B.C.’s skilled and diverse workforce.
Access is being maintained to local businesses, residences and medical services, including pedestrian access for people of all abilities. Generally, there will be two lanes of traffic in each direction along Broadway, with priority for buses (routes 99 and 9) and emergency vehicles. Trolley bus routes have already been detoured off Broadway. The 10th Avenue cycling route will be maintained. The contractor has rerouted sections of the Arbutus and Central Valley greenways to temporary, safe cycling detour routes.
We are providing ongoing updates about any construction-related access changes through traffic news outlets, email notifications, social media and our website.
The project team is engaging closely with businesses on and adjacent to Broadway regarding construction, access and signage and completed an initial survey in 2019. The information gathered, along with technical requirements, will inform the traffic and construction management and mitigation plans.
A comprehensive communications and community and business relations program is in place to:
- Provide timely information about the Project, including construction, traffic and parking information.
- Work with local businesses and residents to mitigate construction impacts where possible, and help manage issues as they arise.
- Work with the community to promote alternative travel choices during construction.
- Work with local businesses to maintain visibility and help customers access their shops and services
Parking restrictions on Broadway between Main and Arbutus are now in effect 24/7 instead of only within peak periods, during construction of the traffic decks for the Broadway Subway Project. When complete next year, the traffic decks will provide 4 consistent travel lanes while construction of the underground stations continues beneath.
Removing parking allows for bus priority in the curb lanes, and better access for emergency vehicles when needed. The project team is committed to keeping buses on schedule during construction of the Broadway Subway Project. Travel delays can occur in each station block due to congestion, movement of equipment and delivery of construction materials. Buses can make up lost time using the curb lanes to travel faster in between the station blocks.
The project team along with our partners at TransLink and the City of Vancouver recognize the importance of parking for businesses both along Broadway and on adjacent streets. The Project team continues to work closely with the City of Vancouver to address residential and business parking needs. The City may consider adjustments to parking regulations, designations and times, including Room2Load zones, for neighbouring streets and parking lots as needed.
Neighbourhood parking and access maps are available on our maps page.