Broadway subway could fund rest of TransLink: Robertson
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson says 250,000 riders would use subway line starting from day one. (CARMINE MARINELLI/24 HOURS)
Vancouver’s mayor says a Broadway corridor subway would attract enough passengers to pay for improvements to the rest of the system.
Gregor Robertson told the Urban Land Institute of B.C. Tuesday the city recently crunched numbers showing 250,000 people would take the train daily from day one, far more and sooner than some of TransLink’s projections.
Robertson said that’s more than the Massey Tunnel or Port Mann Bridge see daily and would provide up to $200 million over 10 years to be put back into the system.
“A critical piece of Vancouver’s future success is building a Broadway subway,” Robertson said. “It’s the single best thing that we can do for our environment, our livability and our economy.”
The mayor’s office said the numbers are based on TransLink’s Broadway Corridor trip diary and study that came out in 2013.
The study concluded rapid transit is needed in the corridor and offered three options as solutions, with anywhere from 160,000 to 350,000 daily users by 2041.
Jiana Ling of TransLink said the specifics of how the city arrived at its numbers need to be determined.
“There’s many different projects that, yes, we do need to address, but right now we’re working with the Mayors’ Council to see which projects need to be funded,” Ling said. “They’re all important projects.”
The stretch is currently served by B-line buses, but reports of full buses bypassing riders have been ongoing.
The Ministry of Transport did not indicate it would review its own numbers in wake of Robertson’s figures and claims, referring 24 hours to the TransLink study.