For the past several years, the SkyTrain Lobby, politicians and academics have all said, almost in unison, that Broadway was the busiest transit corridor in Canada, if not North America.

The old Joseph Goebbels quote is true; “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.

Thus for the past several years the big Broadway lie, enabled by TransLink  has ingrained the notion that Broadway is the most heavily transit route in Canada.

Fact Check!

In a letter to several news organizations, all metro mayors and other interested parties, I laid the foundation that Broadway was not the busiest transit route in Canada .

Stung by this, TransLink wrote a letter to myself and in a round about way claimed that Broadway “is our region’s most overcrowded bus route.

No apology and not even a hint of remorse, TransLink continues to boast about Broadway!

Finally, on January 31, 2019, you contacted several news organizations and this Secretariat raising concerns over TransLink’s assertion that the 99 B-Line is the busiest bus route in the US and Canada. TransLink is confident in its data collection and peer comparisons, noting that the 99 B-Line route on the Broadway Corridor moves 60,000 customers per day on articulated buses running every three minutes at peak times. This is our region’s most overcrowded bus route. Pass ups are already common, as our regular riders on that route are fully aware. TransLink projects that the 99 B-Line from Arbutus to UBC will be at capacity in the peak when the Millennium Line extension from Commercial-Broadway to Arbutus opens.

Just a minor footnote, according to TransLink the 99B moves about 60,000 customers a day, but of course that is both ways, as TransLink slyly tries to once again inflate the real ridership on Broadway.


The big prize is the now $3.5 billion Broadway SkyTrain subway to Arbutus and TransLink does not want the truth to upset the subway bulldozer!


  1. Stuart says:

    “The big prize is the now $3.5 billion Broadway SkyTrain subway to Arbutus and TransLink does not want the truth to upset the subway bulldozer!”

    Not completely true. It is $2.8 billion extension to millenium line. BC government just started the bidding process on February 15.

    Broadway is busiest bus route in Vancouver and BC. Vancouver is difinitely not largest city in North American so impossible to have busiest bus route on the continent.

    Zwei replies: But peak hour ridership on Broadway is about 11,000 pphpd less than the Canadian standard fort building a subway. The problem is escalating cost, as estimates for the subway is now put at around $3.5 billion and here we have a dilemma, to reduce cost, the subway must have its scope reduced like the Canada line Line and that means cut and covwer construction.

  2. steve says:

    Sojust 3.5 billion to Arbutus?

    How much more to UBC? Another 3.5 billion? would not surprise me. Will it be a ‘subway’ too ?

    So then another 2-3 billion to upgrade original Expo line?

    In Surrey using LRT money just to extend ‘SkyTrain’ to Fleetwood, maybe? How much more to Langley? (I really doubt Langley’s much before 2040)

    So if and when gets built to Langley then Millennium line will have to be ‘refurbished’ oso to speak or upgraded at a few billions like expo line needs to be?

    Then the Canada line needing to expand stations in here sometime as well..

    Did I miss anything?

    Plus like Zwei has said before not many new users. Just people getting on earlier so new new revenue or not much. Translink will have to get rid of U Pass but probably won’t…

    These projects usually have cost over runs…. so what will be the final cost? To do all I listed is close to 20 billion….

    Like what the hell is going on????? Sad the big media all seem to buy the Translink kool aid….then ‘brainwashed’ many average ‘joes’ into believing what they are selling…. Translink would give used car salesmen or snake oil dealers a run for their money..

    Do people not realise how much their property taxes will go up? Maybe a huge jump in fuel taxes which effects more than filling your tank but food, clothing costs go up as well as delivery drivers will pass increase on to business who pass it on to the consumer…Heck they will probably try again to add a higher sales tax for GVRD/Metro Van or whatever it is called today…

  3. Haveacow says:

    We here in Ottawa had quite a surprise. Our Stage 2 LRT program went from $3.6 Billion to $4.7 Billion. This was due to 3 reasons.

    1. Inflation from the 2015-2016 price estimate, mainly concrete and paying user fees for the new lower carbon emitting concrete formulas. Concrete emits massive amounts of polluting gasses like CO2, during the kuring process. All of the specialized steel needed for construction (only 3 steel mills make it, 2 USA, 1 Sweden ) are located in countries in which we slap a 25% import duty on this special product, until Trump we got stock US prices for the 2 US steel mills.

    2. Originally our Stage 2 LRT project was adding only 30 km of service, now due to a upward scope pressure, mainly political, we have to pay for 44 km of service.

    3. When the 3 final P3 proponents crunched the numbers none of them could build the add ons to the Confederation Line for the amount the city wanted, all were a minimum of $600 million over the city of Ottawa’s maximum amount!

    This meant that for 2 weeks our city council got to scream about having very little notice about the change in price. The final vote is this week, 2-3 weeks later major construction starts.

    So I honestly believe Zwei when the Mayor’s Council and Translink believe it will cost $2.83 Billion and he thinks or may have been told that, The real cost will be closer to $3.5 Billion by the time construction on the first stage of the Broadway Line is ready to begin in 2020 or 2021. My Vancouver spies told me by the way that, starting in 2020 is going to be difficult and 2021 may be more realistic.

    Zwei replies: My spies have told me that Broadway will be cut and cover as the real cost has past $3.5 billion, a large part due to something called underground creeks.

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