British Columbia’s Ministry of Transport selected Acciona-Ghella joint venture as the preferred bidder for the Broadway Subway project in Vancouver. The construction works are expected to begin by the end of 2020, with the line in service in 2025.
The joint venture will be responsible for the design, construction and partially financing of the new line, to ensure the best value for public transport system in British Columbia.
Under the joint venture, the design contractor comprises IBI Group Professional Services (Canada) , Dialog BC Architecture Engineering Interior Design Planning, Mott MacDonald Canada, Ingenieria Especializada Obra Civil e Industrial.
The Broadway Subway project envisages the construction of a 5.7 km extension of the Millennium Line, from VCC-Clark station to Broadway and Arbutus. Continuing from VCC–Clark station on an elevated guideway for 700 metres to a tunnel portal near Great Northern Way, the extension will then travel underground along Broadway for 5 km, with 6 underground stations, including an interim terminus station at Arbutus Street.
CAD 2.83 billion (USD 2.1 billion) is the project’s budget, funded and delivered by the Government of British Columbia, with contributions from the Government of Canada and the City of Vancouver.
When completed, the SkyTrain extension will provide fast, frequent and convenient transport service to B.C.’s second-largest jobs centre, health services and an emerging innovation and research hub, and growing residential communities.
According to the plans, a future phase of investment will connect rapid transit from Arbutus to UBC’s Point Grey campus that would better connect students, employees and residents who travel between UBC and other parts of Metro Vancouver with a high speed and frequent SkyTrain service.
The project is a key part of the rapid transit development programme in the Metro Vancouver, under a 10-year strategy funded by the governments of B.C. and Canada, TransLink and local municipalities. The vision would see a CAD 9 billion (USD 6.7 billion) investment for the development of transit and transport system across Metro Vancouver.