Millennium line ready
THIS MONTH is due to see the start of full services on Vancouver's second SkyTrain line. The initial section of the 20·9 km Millennium line from Columbia to Braid opened on January 5 (RG 2.02 p65). The remainder from Braid to Commercial Drive will open on August 31, adding nine new stations in Lougheed and North Burnaby.
Rapid Transit Project 2000 has managed the construction on behalf of the Province of British Columbia, and is due to hand over the final section to operator BC Rapid Transit Co Ltd on August 15.
Millennium line services start from Waterfront and run over the Expo line to Columbia before diverging onto the new route. However, the terminus at Commercial Drive lies adjacent to Broadway station on the Expo line, and passengers seeking a shorter route to the city centre will be able to interchange between the two using an enclosed overhead walkway.
To work the expanded network, the province has bought 60 Mk II trainsets from Bombardier. The first of these entered service in January, and 50 had been commissioned by June 15. All should be in service in time for the formal opening.
Bus routes in the northeast suburbs will be restructured from September 2, to terminate at Millennium line stations instead of running into the city centre. Touch-screen ticket vending machines issuing tickets for SkyTrain and bus services have been installed on the new line and will be retrofitted to all Expo Line stations by the end of this year.