11 March 2008
Vancouver to Rebuild Granville Island Streetcar Route
Vancouver British Columbia - This is a bit puzzling. The City says it will spend money but Translink is unhappy? And where is this "Broadway Avenue" - they cannot mean that an infrequent heritage streetcar on Lamey's Mill is going to threaten the viability of the bursting at the seams, over crowded B Line?
The City of Vancouver will spend $8.5 million to revamp a streetcar line between Granville Island and the future Olympic Village, at Canada Line Skytrain Station at Second Avenue.
City staff hope the line will provide a green and efficient way of getting tourists to Granville Island during the Olympic games, and they hope to work with TransLink, the regional transportation authority, to make that happen.
TransLink staff, however, have already expressed concerns about the proposal, saying it will compete for funding from provincial and federal governments because it will effectively duplicate the bus service already running along nearby Broadway Avenue.
Eventually, the city hopes to extend the service north through Chinatown and Gastown, with one fork turning to run westward all the way out to Stanley Park and the other fork heading south into Yaletown.