According to this population and density map comparing the use of the B-Line with the rapid-transit lines, there is the equivalent of five Metrotowns along Central Broadway:
This effectively illustrates the case of the City of Vancouver for the construction of rail rapid-transit along the Broadway corridor.
The B-line is said to be the busiest bus route in North America, carrying more than many light-rail lines. It carries about half the hundred-thousand transit users in the Broadway corridor.
Already Broadway has a transit usage equal to the Canada Line – and yet only about 20 percent of those in B.C.’s second largest downtown are using transit. Compared to the Central Business District, the potential is actually greater – probably closer to 35 or 40 percent could be on transit.
But too many people have given up and are not prepared to use an overcrowded system no matter how frequent the buses. At any rate, there just isn’t room for more buses, argues the City, and the demand will be further driven up once the Evergreen Line is constructed. Other routes could take some of the load, but the only real solution is to get some form of rapid transit connecting to UBC, the largest single transit destination in the entire region.
This remains a somewhat academic discussion, given that there’s no money for anything – not even a B-line on King George Boulevard in Surrey. And no doubt Surrey has dibs on any new major investment. There’s no way to imagine that South of the Fraser would accept being bumped again so that another line could be built in Vancouver first – and expect them to help pay for it.
No matter how many Metrotowns there are along Broadway.