Vancouver City Council endorses SkyTrain to UBC route, station locations

March 31, 2022
The proposed Millennium Line UBC Extension will undergo an evaluation this summer to see if it will be prioritized in the Mayors’ Council updated 10-year vision plan.

TransLink’s proposed extension of the Millennium Line from Arbutus to the University of British Columbia (UBC) campus has gained key backing from the Vancouver City Council, which endorsed the extension’s planned route and station locations on March 29.

The SkyTrain Millennium Line Broadway Extension is expected to open in 2025. This first phase will extend the Millennium Line down Broadway from VCC-Clark to Arbutus station. The proposal endorsed by the city council is a second phase of this extension from Arbutus to UBC and calls for the line to extend down Broadway for an approximate six kilometers (3.7 miles).

The council endorsed the extension’s three station locations at Macdonald Street, Alma Street and within the Jericho Lands. Additionally, the city council supported advancing opportunities to integrate new stations with future development to improve connectivity, accessibility and passenger amenities.

“This decision brings us one step closer to extending SkyTrain all the way to UBC and linking it to the entire region,” said Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart. “Broadway is the second largest economic area in BC, and a rapid connection to UBC will foster new jobs and innovation while combating climate change and reducing congestion by taking up to 3,000 cars off the road per day.”

The extension to UBC will be evaluated by this spring as part of work to update the 2014 Mayors’ Council 10-Year Vision. The project could move to the design development phase if it is prioritized.

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Mischa Wanek-Libman | Group Editorial Director

Mischa Wanek-Libman serves as editor in chief of Mass Transit magazine and group editorial director of the Infrastructure and Aviation Group at Endeavor Business Media. She is responsible for developing and maintaining the editorial direction of the group and is based in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Wanek-Libman has spent more than 20 years covering transportation issues including construction projects and engineering challenges for various commuter railroads and transit agencies. She has been recognized for editorial excellence through her individual work, as well as for collaborative content. 

She is an active member of the American Public Transportation Association's Marketing and Communications Committee and serves as a Board Observer on the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) Board of Directors.  

She is a graduate of Drake University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a major in magazine journalism and a minor in business management.