There is a general consensus amongst Vancouverites that the rail rapid transit project on the Broadway Corridor needs to be an underground extension of SkyTrain’s Millennium Line.
According to the results of a Research Co. survey conducted this past April, which were shared with Daily Hive this week, 77% of respondents living in the City of Vancouver support the tunnelled extension between VCC-Clark Station and Arbutus Street. This includes 48% who “strongly support” the project.
Support levels for residents in the city’s three distinct areas were comparable, with 81% in downtown, 78% in the Vancouver Eastside, and 74% in the Vancouver Westside. Those who earned more income were generally more in favour.
While all age groups had overwhelming support, younger age groups were by far more supportive.
Only 14% of all respondents expressed any level of opposition to the project.
Construction on the $2.83-billion, six-km-long, six-station extension is anticipated to begin in 2020 for an opening in 2025. The travel time between the new section of SkyTrain track is estimated to be approximately 10 minutes, which is less than half of the existing 99 B-Line’s travel time between Commercial-Broadway Station and Arbutus Street during peak times.
Apart from the stations, the length of the tunnel will be constructed with the less-disruptive tunnel boring machine method.