Mayor Supports Consultation Process & Planning Toward Millennium Line Completion

Broadway West review supports EcoDensity principles: Sullivan

Mayor Sam Sullivan today announced his support for a $1 million TransLink led study and public consultation process to explore options toward completion of the Millennium Line. The Broadway West Millennium Line study will play a key role in helping to promote the City of Vancouver’s EcoDensity initiative.

“Making Vancouver a world leader in environmental stewardship is one of the five goals I have established for my government,” said Mayor Sullivan. “The Millennium Line completion is the City of Vancouver’s number one transit infrastructure priority. I look forward to working with TransLink in the coming months and listening to local businesses and residents.”

The Broadway West study will include a review of technologies, corridor, alignment and phasing alternatives for extending rapid transit from Commercial Drive to central Broadway and ultimately UBC. The study will also evaluate:

  • options in terms of capital & operating costs
  • environmental & social impact relative to benefits of improving transit service
  • increased ridership
  • reducing both direct & indirect greenhouse gas emissions
  • transportation land use in Broadway corridor — including False Creek Flats and South False Creek areas as they relate to the Broadway West line
  • integration of Downtown Streetcar network into Broadway Corridor system

The GVRD is expected to vote on the study this week as part of TransLink’s 2008 transportation and financial plan. The study and consultation process will be conducted in three phases starting this fall and completed in 2009. Mayor Sullivan will confirm more information on public consultation in the coming weeks.

“I want to thank Councillors Suzanne Anton and Peter Ladner for their work to support EcoDensity, sustainable development and our environment,” concluded Mayor Sullivan. “In addition to developing transit we have added many kilometers of new bike lanes and over 110 new taxi licenses in the past 18 months – with more to come.”

Mayor Sullivan also welcomed TransLink’s recent decision to increase the number of buses in the Greater Vancouver Regional District — further to a motion first introduced by Councillor Anton. He also applauded Canada Line’s plan to launch a summer “Dig the Dig” campaign to mark the countdown to complete construction in Cambie Village.