According to Mayor Gregor Robertson, the UBC Subway line is of “national significance.” Now that claim may be a stretch, but the UBC Subway line is definitely of regional significance.
After all, the Broadway corridor is the second largest employment centre in the province (not just Metro Vancouver) and the UBC campus is one of the region’s largest employers and regional destinations.
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson is in Ottawa attending a meeting of the country’s big-city mayors.
The mayors are lobbying for their share of the federal government’s $14 billion, 10-year infrastructure fund pie. Robertson wants to get a share of the $4 billion set aside for projects of “national significance.”
Broadway’s transit ridership is absolutely unparalleled. It is North America’s busiest bus route with 110,000 people using the Broadway buses every single day. The vast majority of these riders use the highly congested 99 B-Line rapid bus, which comes as often as every single minute during peak hours.
The natural step, which should have happened 10 years ago, is to build rapid transit down the corridor. The buses that currently run along the line can then be deployed to Surrey to grow the public transit base in the less densely populated region south of the Fraser.
Having large employment hubs connected with rapid transit is a necessity of any major, global city.