VIDEO: SkyTrain celebrates 30 years today

From a single 22-kilometre line to New Westminster, SkyTrain has grown to span 68 kilometres of track and counting



Thirty years ago today, SkyTrain opened to much fanfair in advance of Expo 86.

A promotional video of the day (watch it above) predicted it would become “everybody’s people mover” and herald “a whole new way of city living” with driverless trains and payment “all on the honour system, random inspectors to keep us honest.”

And arguaby it has transformed Metro Vancouver, most notably by the massive residential development of downtown Vancouver and near many stations along the lines.

The rapid transit system has expanded from an initial 22 kilometres just to New Westminster to a 68-kilometre network crossing the Fraser River to Surrey and running to Richmond and YVR. Next year the Evergreen Line extension will push it up to 79 kilometres and 53 stations.

It remains one of the most notable legacies of then-Premier Bill Bennett, who died last week. (Read more about Bennett here.)

Here are some of SkyTrain’s major milestones, courtesy of The Buzzer:

•    1986 SkyTrain opens for regular revenue service

•    1989 – 1994 – three Expo Line expansion projects built – adding service to Surrey with King George Station as the terminus station.

•    2002 – Millennium Line officially opens – operating along the Expo Line to New Westminster Station and adding new service between Columbia Station and Commercial-Broadway.

•    2006 – Millennium Line service is extended to its current terminus station, VCC-Clark.

•    2009 – Canada Line opens connecting downtown Vancouver with Richmond and YVR airport.

•    2017 – A fourth SkyTrain line – the Evergreen Extension – is scheduled to open in early 2017.

Just Posted

Surrey RCMP request assistance from public after man stabbed

20-year-old man suffered serious but not-life-threatening injuries.

Man surrenders peacefully to police after 7-hour standoff at Ladner home

Man had entered the home against his court-ordered conditions

‘Just like Iron Man’: Calgary surgeon undergoes experimental spinal surgery

Dr. Richi Gill was in a freak accident on a boogie board during a family vacation in Hawaii

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh calls for public inquiry over SNC-Lavalin questions

Vancouver member of Parliament Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet last week

Canadian airlines waiting for guidance from Ottawa over X gender option

Major U.S. airlines said they will change their process so passengers can identify themselves along non-binary lines

Plane flips over at Pitt Meadows airport

Runway closed for an undermined length of time.

Moose Hide campaign takes message to Canadian schools

Campaign launches new K-12 education platform

‘Violent’ B.C. man wanted on Canada-wide warrant

Prince George man with ties to Vernon sought by police

Trudeau’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts, resigns amid SNC-Lavalin furor

Butts categorically denies the accusation that he or anyone else in the PMO improperly pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould

UPDATE: Rescue crews for 2 hikers caught up in possible avalanche on Mount Seymour

North Vancouver RCMP say they don’t know what the nature of the call is yet

Deported B.C. man who came to Canada as a baby granted chance at return

Len Van Heest was deported to the Netherlands in 2017

Most Read