First-Day Ridership Projected at 250,000 for Vancouver's Broadway Subway

City staff recently released revised first-day ridership projections for a proposed subway in Vancouver. The numbers seem astronomical and a strong support for the cause. But can the project get the finding it needs?
May 15, 2014, 1pm PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Sunny Dhillon reports on Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson's case in support of the city's Broadway Subway." According to new data compipled by city staff and touted by the mayor, "a subway along Vancouver’s Broadway corridor would have 250,000 trips on its first day." Mayor Robertson is currently running for re-election, has stated publicly that the completion of the subway line is his top priority.

"Previous data had suggested a Broadway subway could expect 125,000 trips on its first day – half of what Mr. Robertson said is now projected. He said the 250,000 subway trips would outpace the figures for either a new Massey Tunnel Bridge or the Port Mann Bridge. The mayor said building the subway would also cut the number of car trips along Broadway by 50,000, reducing congestion and improving air quality."

As for the subway route's preliminary plans: "The subway would stretch from Commercial and Broadway to the University of British Columbia. The university and city last year released a study, conducted by KPMG, that said rail-based rapid transit is necessary to meet the corridor’s anticipated population growth and economic potential."

And as for funding—potential funding rides on the fortunes of a forthcoming public referendum on transit spending in British Columbia.

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Published on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 in Globe and Mail
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