Keen transit riders must wait a little bit longer to trip the Broadway subway, because the deliberate completion and opening date has now been pushed again barely to subsequent yr.
In a bulletin launched late Thursday afternoon, the provincial authorities indicated the Broadway SkiTrain Millennium Line extension to Arbutus is now on monitor to open in early 2026 as a substitute of the earlier goal of late 2025.
This is because of a five-week strike by employees on the Decrease Mainland concrete plant in June 2022, which delayed the tunneling course of from the unique plan of early summer time 2022 to early fall 2022.
Particularly, the primary of the 2 tunnel boring machines, named Elsie, started drilling on October 7. Elsie is presently drilling a tunnel to the east. The provincial authorities introduced at present that Elsie has made “vital progress” in direction of the Mount Nice station (Principal Road and East Broadway) – the primary of 5 subway station breakthroughs.
As of this week, the second tunnel boring machine, named Phillis, to construct the westbound tunnel, is now absolutely assembled and prepared to enter operation.
The provincial authorities says an replace on the challenge’s timeline might be supplied within the spring of 2023, when station excavation and tunnel boring will progress additional. The challenge stays inside its $2.83 billion price range.
If all goes in response to plan, it should take a few yr to finish the five-kilometre tunnel section from the launch website and staging space at Nice Northern Approach-Emily Carr Station and the Cypress Road tunnel boring machine website, which is east of Arbutus Station . Every machine is predicted to construct as much as 18 meters of tunnel per day, with every machine measuring six meters in diameter and 150 meters in size.
It was additionally famous at present that greater than half of the columns for the 0.7km elevated guideway between VCC-Clark Station and Nice Northern Approach-Emily Carr Station are actually full.
Total, the extension of the Millennium Line on Broadway between VCC-Clark Station and Arbutus Station will lengthen the size of the SkiTrain community by 5.7 km and add six subway stations. On a seamless one-train trip on the Millennium Line, journey instances from Arbutus Station might be roughly six minutes to Broadway-Metropolis Corridor Station, 11 minutes to VCC-Clark Station, 12 minutes to Broadway Business Station and 47 minutes to Lafarge – Lake Douglas Station in Coquitlam .
Upon opening in 2026, the Broadway extension is predicted to have vital passenger numbers of between 135,000 and 150,000 boardings per day – greater than your complete Canadian line in 2019.
From Arbutus Station, riders will use shortened 99 B-Line service for the rest of the journey to the College of British Columbia (UBC), till the Millennium Line is additional prolonged west of Arbutus to succeed in the campus. The UBC SkiTrain extension is predicted to be prepared by the early 2030s.
Development of the $4 billion, 10-mile-long, eight-station Expo Line is predicted to start in 2024 and open in 2028.
The Evergreen Extension SkiTrain Millennium Line opened in December 2016, greater than a yr delayed from the unique deliberate goal of summer time 2015. The Evergreen Extension bumped into main issues with the tunneling course of as a result of worse-than-expected floor circumstances, resulting in to the sinkhole. In contrast to the Broadway Extension, the Evergreen Extension used a a lot bigger diameter single boring machine to construct tracks in each instructions in a single move. Development on the Evergreen Extension first started in 2013.
The Canadian line was opened in August 2009, about 4 months sooner than the contractual obligations.