The power of a robust regional transit network
daily trips to and from UBC
buses per day flow through UBC’s bus exchange
pass-ups every year on the Broadway–UBC corridor
daily trips to and from UBC on transit
“It’s not surprising people are so supportive of a SkyTrain extension past Arbutus Street. People want to see transit solutions that will alleviate the major congestion problems along the Broadway corridor, get them to where they need to be more quickly, and that will integrate into existing and future transit infrastructure across the region — a SkyTrain extension to UBC will help us accomplish all of this.”
“Our members are an important part of the campus community; they provide vital administrative support that contributes to making UBC a world class institution. With more and more of our members commuting from various parts of the Metro Vancouver region, we are in full support of any project that makes it easier for them to get to work. Skytrain to UBC would significantly cut travel time and enhance their mental and physical well-being.”
President, CUPE 2950
“The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade strongly supports the SkyTrain extension to UBC. We believe our region needs to take bold action to reduce traffic congestion and GHGs, while increasing mobility. Doing so will not only increase our collective quality of life, but it will also connect local businesses, education and housing, support innovation, and increase sustainability. The Millennium Line extension to UBC is a generational project that will benefit our region for decades to come.”
Greater Vancouver Board of Trade
Planning for SkyTrain to UBC
In April and May of 2021, TransLink surveyed over 15,000 people from across Metro Vancouver and found that 92% of respondents support the extension of SkyTrain to UBC. People who live further from UBC, beyond the City of Vancouver, were even more likely to say they support the extension (93% support). Read the report and learn more about this current phase of work.
"By extending the skytrain to UBC, you will allow commuters to get to campus faster and free up space on buses that would take the commuters for those who skytrain is not an option."
"I'm a researcher at SFU and would love to visit UBC more to build collaborations between the universities but rarely go because of the commute."
"My lengthy transit commute discouraged me from staying on campus after class and getting involved in student clubs, extra-curricular activities, and enjoying the greater campus."
"Having such a long commute has been extremely challenging and negatively impacted my university experience, including my ability to consistently be at campus early for work and classes, or staying late in the evening for an event."
Will the Broadway Subway go all the way to UBC?
No. The Broadway Subway ends at Arbutus Street. Transit riders heading to UBC will be required to transfer to B-Line and local route busses heading to UBC. It is anticipated that on opening day of the Broadway Subway UBC-bound ridership will exceed capacity so people will be waiting for space on B-Line busses when they get off of SkyTrain.
When will the UBC extension be built?
The Broadway Subway to Arbutus Street is expected to open by 2025. Planning and design for the completion of the extension to UBC could advance during construction of the first phase, leading to an opening day of 2030. This timeline assumes full funding commitments by all levels of government by 2021.
What is UBC’s vision for rapid transit to the Vancouver campus?
UBC envisions a seamless extension of the Broadway Subway to the UBC Vancouver campus. The University is engaging our community, regional partners and senior levels of government to determine the best way to accelerate and fund this second phase.