SkyTrain Millennium Line
|Type||Light metro rapid transit|
|Number of stations||17|
|Cities serviced||Vancouver, Burnaby,|
Port Moody, Coquitlam
|Opened||January 2, 2002|
|Operator||BC Rapid Transit Company|
|Rolling stock||Bombardier ART Mark II|
|Line length||31.2 km (19.4 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Electrification||Third rail (Linear motor)|
|Operating speed||80 km/h (50 mph)|
Departing from VCC–Clark Station, the line travels parallel along the Burlington North Santa Fe (BNSF) right-of-way in the Grandview Cut, entering Commercial–Broadway. Leaving Commercial–Broadway, the line continues in the Grandview Cut before elevating onto a guideway parallel to Grandview Highway. The line then travels over the Trans-Canada Highway into Burnaby, curving into the Brentwood area where it parallels Lougheed Highway.
Continuing along Lougheed Highway, the line curves onto North Road east of Lougheed Town Centre Station. After Burquitlam Station, the line curves over Clarke Road and into the tunnel travelling underneath Snake Hill. The tunnel is the longest in the system. Leaving the tunnel, trains run perpendicular to Barnet Highway before running parallel to the CP Rail right-of-way in Port Moody at-grade. The line then bends under St. Johns Street into Inlet Centre Station. Leaving Inlet Centre, the line continues to travel at-grade and then passes the Coquitlam Maintenance Centre before going elevated again west of Coquitlam Central Station. Departing Coquitlam Central, the line curves over the bus loop and parallels Pinetree Way to the terminus station of Lafarge Lake–Douglas.
Between December 2, 2016 and June 24, 2018, trains travelled on the left instead of on the right between Lougheed Town Centre Station and Burquitlam Station.
Shortly after the completion of the Expo Line from Waterfront to New Westminster, there were considerations for an extension into Coquitlam with a short spur on the inbound track being constructed east of Columbia underneath the SkyBridge viaduct in preparation of an extension (until then, it had been used as a storage track). During planning, there were considerations of building an extension from Royal Oak to Lougheed and into Coquitlam. This idea was later scrapped. Shortly afterwards in 1995, there were considerations of building a light rail system connecting Commercial Drive to Lougheed and into Coquitlam, travelling either at-grade along Lougheed Highway or using the BNSF right-of-way. In 1998, the idea was scrapped by the provincial government (headed by the BC NDP) in favor of a SkyTrain extension. By constructing an extension, it was impractical to connect at Broadway Station, so the spur east of Columbia was used to start as an extension. Installation of a new switch on the outbound track resulted in minor service disruptions to SkyTrain services east of Columbia. During planning, the Millennium Line was sometimes referenced as Rapid Transit 2000.
Phase I of the Millennium Line was to be from Waterfront to Braid, which opened on January 2, 2002. Phase II, from Braid to Commercial Drive opened on August 31, 2002. Initially, Phase II was to also include the PMC Line (Port Moody-Coquitlam Line) and service was to be from Braid to around Granville Street and 10th Avenue in Vancouver. In preparation, a third platform was constructed at Lougheed Town Centre. Following a change of government from BCNDP to BC Liberals during construction, the PMC Line was scrapped and Phase II shortened to Braid to Granville and 10th. However, due to problems with land negotiations for the construction of VCC–Clark Station, Phase II was shortened again to Commercial Drive. It wasn't until 2006 that VCC–Clark opened, but the original Phase II plan of continuing deeper into Vancouver was subsequently scrapped due to a decreased priority.
In 2003, Lake City Way Station opened due to construction delays.
On October 22, 2016, the section between Waterfront and Braid was changed to the Expo Line and the Millennium Line was shortened to run between VCC–Clark and Lougheed Town Centre. On December 2, 2016, the Evergreen Extension opened, extending the Millennium Line to Lafarge Lake–Douglas.
Main article: Evergreen Extension
Since the completion of the initial phase of SkyTrain in 1985 between Waterfront and New Westminster, there were plans of extending south to Surrey and east to Coquitlam. Potentially, extending into Coquitlam could be a spur line from Royal Oak Station. The Northeast Sector was hoping for rapid transit service, but was left disappointed following the 1987 announcement that the SkyTrain would instead extend to Surrey, a decision that was met with opposition from then-Coquitlam Mayor Lou Sekora. Mayor Lou Sekora was also opposed to the 1995 announcement of the Millennium Line running only between Lougheed and Broadway in Vancouver with Coquitlam cut out again.
However, a few years after the Millennium Line was completed, the idea of rapid transit into the Tri Cities resurfaced. Options for technology included a new SkyTrain line, a light rail line, or a diesel multiple unit based railway. The route considered was either the current route or a southern route via the Mary Hill area. In 2006, the TransLink Board approved the construction of the Evergreen Line as a streetcar line, only to be revised in 2008 when the Government of British Columbia and TransLink revealed a business case favoring SkyTrain over streetcar.an announcement was made by the provincial government regarding the Evergreen Line. This change resulted in the removal of four stations: Cameron, Buller, Lansdowne, and Coquitlam Civic Centre. Currently, there are space allowances for future stations west of Moody Centre and east of Inlet Centre. There's also a short extension south of Coquitlam Central Station for future extensions east into Port Coquitlam.
During the planning for the Millennium Line, the Port Moody Coquitlam Line (PMC Line) was considered for part of Phase II. Due to a change in government following a provincial election, the plan for a PMC Line was dropped.
Start of construction was delayed multiple times due to difficulty of securing funding from 2009 to 2011. It wasn't until 2012 that preliminary construction began with the removal of structures and commencement of underground utilities construction. In the same year, Lincoln Station as added and the final names of stations were announced in 2013.
The extension opened on December 2, 2016.
TransLink's UBC Line Rapid Transit Study commenced in 2009 and went until 2012 to examine technology and route alternatives along the Broadway corridor to meet the growing demand of transit services. The alternatives for rapid transit considered were:
- Bus rapid transit connecting UBC and Commercial–Broadway along Broadway, University Boulevard and W. 10th Avenue using diesel articulated buses
- Light rail transit with two options:
- At-grade from Commercial–Broadway to UBC along Broadway, University Boulevard and W. 10th Avenue
- Same routing as the first option, but with a branch line extending to Main Street–Science World Station from Broadway & Arbutus, using the CPR right-of-way
- SkyTrain from VCC–Clark traveling under Broadway
- A combination of light rail from Main Street–Science World to UBC and SkyTrain from VCC–Clark to Broadway & Arbutus
- A combination of bus rapid transit from Commercial–Broadway to Broadway & Arbutus and SkyTrain from VCC–Clark to Broadway & Arbutus
- Improvements to local, semi-express and express bus services along major corridors
By 2014, the options were narrowed down to either light rail along Broadway, either at street level or partially tunnelled; a combination of light rail from Main Street–Science World and SkyTrain from VCC–Clark, meeting at Broadway & Arbutus; or SkyTrain from VCC–Clark to UBC.
In June 2014, the Mayors' Council's 10-Year Transportation Vision outlined transit improvements for the upcoming years across the region. The vision included an extension of the Millennium Line from VCC–Clark to Arbutus Street. The plan is divided up into two phases: the first to Arbutus Street under Broadway and the second from Arbutus Street to the University of British Columbia.
In mid-2016, preliminary soil testing work began on Broadway.
With construction starting as early as 2019 depending on funding, the Millennium Line Broadway Extension will be elevated from VCC–Clark along Great Northern Way, where it will go underground and along Broadway. Currently, the stations will be located at:
- Great Northern Way & Thornton Street
- E. Broadway & Main Street
- Broadway–City Hall
- W. Broadway & Oak Street
- W. Broadway & Granville Street
- W. Broadway & Arbutus Street
At the moment, the extension is planned to be open as early as 2025.
The southwest corner of the Great Northern Way Campus Trust lands will be used for tunneling preparation and for the construction of a station at Great Northern Way & Thornton Street. Presently, there are reserve spaces underneath or near potential station sites at the Crossroads development at Cambie & Broadway; at 988 W. Broadway for a station at Oak & Broadway; and one at Pinnacle Living for a station at Arbutus & Broadway.
Service on the Millennium Line runs 7 days a week.
|Peak Hours||3-4 mins.|
|Late Night||8-10 mins.|
|Early Saturdays and
First and Last Trains
|VCC–Clark to Lafarge Lake–Douglas|
|First Train||Last Train||Last Train to|
Lougheed Town Centre*
|Weekdays||5:30 a.m.||1:22 a.m.||1:29 a.m.|
|Saturdays||6:30 a.m.||1:22 a.m.||1:29 a.m.|
|Sundays/Holidays||7:30 a.m.||12:22 a.m.||12:29 a.m.|
* Late night service terminate at Lougheed Town Centre after the last Lafarge Lake–Douglas train.
|Lafarge Lake–Douglas to VCC–Clark|
|First Train||Last Train||Last Train to|
Lougheed Town Centre*
|Weekdays||5:04 a.m.||12:59 a.m.||1:39 a.m.|
|Saturdays||6:05 a.m.||12:59 a.m.||1:39 a.m.|
|Sundays/Holidays||6:56 a.m.||11:59 p.m.||12:39 a.m.|
* Late night service terminate at Lougheed Town Centre after the last VCC–Clark train.
There are 17 stations on the Millennium Line, including 6 from the Evergreen Extension. All stations are wheelchair accessible.
|Station Name||City||Fare Zone||Date Opened||Transfers||Notes|
|January 6, 2006|
August 31, 2002
| Expo Line
|November 21, 2003|
August 31, 2002
December 2, 2016
|West Coast Express||
|West Coast Express|
- Commercial Drive Station is now Commercial–Broadway Station Platforms 1 and 2. Platforms 3 and 4 were part of Broadway Station.
- Platforms 3 and 4 opened on December 11, 1985 as part of Broadway Station
- Platform 3 opened on December 2, 2016
- Port Moody Station opened on November 1, 1995. SkyTrain platforms opened on December 2, 2016 and the station was renamed to Moody Centre
- West Coast Express platform opened on November 1, 1995
Occasionally during peak hours, 2009 Bombardier ART Mark II units may appear, also in 2 car sets.
- The Town Centre Model - Transit Muddling David Pereira, retrieved 12-10-2017
- UBC Line Rapid Tranist Alternatives Analysis - Findings to Date translink.ca, retrieved 7-1-2018
- UBC Line Rapid Transit Study Findings translink.ca, retrieved 7-1-2017
- Braid Station Bus service coming
- Millennium line
- New release about service pattern on SkyTrain September 19, 2016