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TransLink is currently leading a study to determine the best approach to deliver high-capacity, fast, frequent, and reliable rapid transit for the Broadway Corridor from Commercial Drive to UBC. A number of technologies and alignment options are being considered, including rail rapid transit (e.g. SkyTrain), surface light rail transit, and bus rapid transit.
The City of Vancouver is directly involved as a partner agency in the study. In April 2010, City Council endorsed ten principles to guide City input into this process (http://vancouver/ubcline/principles).
Visit http://vancouver.ca/ubcline to learn more about this work, including upcoming public engagement events.
An error occurred while saving the commentMatt commented
No streetcar on this particular route please, I'd like a seamless journey from the Millennium Line to the Canada Line. Transfer to B-line or streetcar, what's the difference, it's still a transfer.
Skytrain technology certainly wasn't the best and cheapest choice, however on this particular route it's what we have, so lets finish it correctly. Keep it fast and out of traffic to act as a RAPID transit line.
If you want slower local service on Broadway we already have a trolley bus route, we don't need to replace one electric vehicle with another. We're trying to replace the diesel 99 in this situation, not the 9, let's not forget that fact.
Requires support from TransLink. The City will continue to support this idea, through measures including secured rights-of-way (e.g. the centre median on 1st Avenue near the Olympic Village). The recent Olympic Line streetcar demonstration was very successful and helps make the business case for this project.