UBC-Broadway Line

Rapid transit is needed to unlock the region’s economy

The current infrastructure along the UBC-Broadway Corridor cannot meet current transportation demands, and will only become more strained with population and employment along the corridor projected to nearly double over the next 30 years.

A rail-based rapid transit line is needed to meet current and future transit demands along the Broadway corridor to the University of British Columbia. Importantly, it would connect UBC, one of Metro Vancouver’s key innovation and employment hubs, to the rest of the region.

The current transit system exceeds capacity

  • The UBC-Broadway Corridor is the busiest bus corridor in North America.
  • With over 100,000 passengers per day in 2012, it is comparable to ridership on the Canada Line Skytrain and nearly double that on the Millennium Line.

Adding more buses to increase the capacity of the current system is not possible given physical constraints and would further congest the route for vehicle traffic.Another alternative will be required to alleviate congestion.

UBC is a daily regional destination

As BC's largest university, UBC is a regional destination for students, faculty, staff, alumni and citizens from communities across the region.

  • UBC’s daily population exceeds 60,000 people
  • 44% of all trips on the 99B-Line from Commercial-Broadway Station go all the way to UBC
  • Of UBC's 78,000 transit trips to/from campus, 57,600 of these are along the Broadway corridor
  • People across B.C. travel to the UBC Hospital and related medical sites along the corridor (Vancouver General Hospital, etc) daily

More than 630,000 people travel to UBC annually for cultural venues, conferences, recreation and athletics:

  • 160,000 - Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
  • 120,000 - Museum of Anthropology
  • 40,000 - Dental Clinic
  • 31,000 - Medical Clinic (17,000 to Urgent Care)
  • 30,000 - Conference Centre
  • 250,000 - Pacific Spirit Regional Park and beaches

UBC helps to drive BC’s economy

  • UBC generates jobs, spending and growth for the entire Metro region
  • With an annual economic impact of $12.7 billion, UBC is B.C.’s 2nd largest business centre
  • UBC is 3rd largest employer in Metro Vancouver, employing nearly 20,000
  • Annual research budget of $550 million
  • More than 150 companies spun off from UBC discoveries, including 100 in the life sciences, which have attracted $2 billion in capital and created more than 2500 jobs
  • More than 1,100 active partnerships with industry in 2012/13.
  • Serves as the Corridor’s anchor for innovation, and economic and human capital development