Mount Pleasant East to Kitsilano Skytrain Extension
Earlier this week the Provincial Government announced that they will be raising their contribution to the proposed Transit Upgrades from 33% to 40% (aka $2.2-billion) of the project. This Transit Upgrade will include the extension of the Millennium Subway Line (from VCC-Clark to Arbutus and Broadway), the Surrey LRT Line, station upgrades and more. This is great news for Mount Pleasant and Kitsilano residents looking for another option in addition to the bus system to get from Kitsilano to East Van and beyond!
The Broadway Extension of the Subway line will be 6km along new above and below ground tracks (see the photo above for the map). After VCC-Clark, there will be above ground tracks to a new station at the False Creek Flats next to the new Emily Carr University of Art and Design. From there, the Skytrain will head below ground to a new station at Main and Kingsway, then onto new stations at Cambie St, Oak St, Granville St and finally Arbutus St. The plan is to have the subway eventually extend out to UBC.
Expect to see more (much needed) development along Broadway to coincide with the transit upgrades.
Streetcar Transit Coming to the Arbutus Corridor in Kitsilano
The City and Vancouver recently purchased the Arbutus corridor/greenway from the Canadian Pacific Rail Company (CPR) for $55-million with the intention of using the space for new walking, biking and streetcars paths. The City is in the very early stages of planning for this project, but it’s promising to know the research phase is underway.
The Arbutus Corridor runs for 9km north to south, beside Arbutus Street, from West 1st Ave (near False Creek) to Milton Street (near the Fraser River). A new Streetcar system (and walking / biking trails) would connect Kitsilano to Quilchena, Kerrisdale, Marine Drive, etc
Though this project is years away from becoming a reality, but new transit and connection options for Kitsilano Residents is exciting nonetheless. For more information on the project, visit the Translink Website for the Arbutus Greenway. For not, the City has removed the former train tracks and re constructing a temporary path for walkers, bikers, rollerbladers, scooters, dog walkers and wheelchairs.