TBM Arrives at Broadway-City Hall in Vancouver for Broadway Subway Project

Tunnel-boring machine (TBM), Phyllis has broken through to the future Broadway-City Hall Station, marking a significant milestone in the Broadway Subway Project in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Phyllis is the second of two TBMs that are excavating twin tunnels for this rapid-transit project.

So far, Phyllis has excavated 1,350 metres of tunnel and installed 884 liner rings since starting its journey at the future Great Northern Way-Emily Carr Station in November 2022.

Broadway Subway Project
Phyllis, the second of two massive tunnel-boring machines excavating twin tunnels in Vancouver, Canada

The Broadway Subway Project is a 5.7-kilometre extension of the Millennium Line from VCC-Clark Station to West Broadway and Arbutus Street. It will provide passengers with a fast, convenient SkyTrain service along the Broadway corridor.

Once in service, the journey from VCC-Clark to Arbutus Station will take 11 minutes, saving the average transit commuter almost 30 minutes a day while relieving congestion along Broadway.

The new Broadway-City Hall Station will be the deepest station along this route at more than 20 metres underground. This depth will allow the Millennium Line extension to be built underneath the active Canada Line.

The station stretches 210 metres over two blocks between Alberta and Cambie Streets to provide space for a crossover section of track where trains can switch directions.

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