Vancouver — Streetcar Study
Rail Transit Online, March 2008
A 1.1-mi. (1.8 km) demonstration streetcar line connecting Granville Island and the future Canada Line rapid transit station at 2nd Avenue and Cambie Street was approved unanimously by the Vancouver city council on Mar. 11. Rail advocates hope the C$8.5-million project, which will use an abandoned Canadian Pacific
Railway right-of-way, could lead to widespread restoration of streetcar service in the city.
Extensions could serve Science World, the Waterfront SkyTrain station, Yaletown and Stanley Park. The demonstration project will utilize modern streetcars but reportedly will not interfere with weekend
heritage trolley service run by volunteers from the Transit Museum Society; the money appropriated by the council will pay for new cars, new track and ties, rebuilding of the ROW and two stations at Granville Island and at the Canada Line. It's hoped to have the line open in time for the 2010 Winter Olympics.