Full Metro and heritage trolley
Vancouver's Skytrain opened in 1986. It currently has 3 lines,. Total length of the system is approximately 32 km, with 28.6 consisting of the first "Expo Line"
(since it was built, in part, to service Expo 86). The train is
completely driverless - the first in the world - and manned
by friendly attendants trained to fulfill your every
Translink took over
the line from BC Transit in 1999.
The new Canada line
opened in August 2009. The line connects downtown's Waterfront station wth two branches, one to the airport and
another serving nearby Richmond. The 19 km route has 16 stations with an allowance for three future stations.
The 11 km Evergreen Line is planned to serve the northeast part of the city, connecting
Lougheed Town Centre, Coquitlam and Burnaby. After several debates as
to the technology to be used, it was decided to utilize existing
Skytrain technology. In the process, routes amd stations were changed and cut. The final plan is scheduled to open in 2016, with construction starting as soon as BC finds $400 million. All stations will be above ground, although the line will feature a 2 km long twin bored tunnel.
The Downtown Historic Railway is a heritage trolley line operated by
Transit Museum Society. It runs from from Science World to Granville
Island. Opened in 1986, several extensions are on the table.
You can see some photos
In January 2010, a temporary 1.8 km light rail line was temporarily installed along False Creek on Granville Island to support transportation for the Olympic Village. The possibility of light rail remaining in Vancouver is a hope for one by city officials. Two flexity light rail vehicles were borrowed from Brussels for the project.
Our new SkyTrain page
T2000BC: Public transit in the
Rapid Transit Project 2000
Info on the Vancouver Skytrain
BC Transit Vancouver Light Rail
Railway Technology - BC
Transit Vancouver Light Rail
Greater Vancouver Rapid Transit Project
Official Web Site
Transit Museum Society of British Columbia
Millenium line home page
Photos of Vancouver's heritage trolley
and expansion plans from
the City of Vancouver
Millenium line inerior
A few additional pictures, courtesy of David Morgan