Millennium Line Consultation Starts Next Month

Completion of Line will help achieve long-term greenhouse gas emission targets: Mayor Sullivan

Mayor Sam Sullivan and Councillor Suzanne Anton today announced plans to initiate a series of roundtable meetings starting next month regarding completion of the Millennium Line from Commercial Drive to Central Broadway – and ultimately UBC. This announcement is further to the Mayor’s ongoing commitment to community consultation.

“Making Vancouver an even more sustainable community is one of the goals we have established for our government,” said Mayor Sullivan. “Completion of the Millennium Line will create economic opportunities, support EcoDensity objectives and help achieve our long-term greenhouse gas emission targets. It is our top transit infrastructure priority.”

In July, Translink confirmed their plans for a $1 million Broadway West Millennium Line Study. In October, Mayor Sullivan will convene the first in a series of roundtable meetings to support this planning and consultation process — in partnership with Translink. The study will evaluate:

  • technologies, corridor, alignment and phasing alternatives
  • 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

“We look forward to working with Translink and listening to local residents, businesses and community groups in the coming months,” said Councillor Anton. “Completion of the Millennium Line and our Streetcar network are important long term transit priorities for Vancouver once the Canada Line is completed. I want to applaud Mayor Sullivan for his leadership on this important issue.”

Today’s announcement complements other environment, transportation and pedestrian safety measures that City Council will be reviewing next week, including:

  • 2007 Climate Protection Progress Report
  • $200,000 to support four school crosswalk improvement projects
  • $50,000 to enhance the City of Vancouver’s Bicycle Count Program

Mayor Sullivan and Councillor Anton confirmed their intention to support these items.