Phyllis, the second of two 6m diameter Herrenknecht TBMs that are excavating twin tunnels for Vancouver’s $1.728bn Broadway Subway Project, broke through to the future Broadway-City Hall Station today, marking another milestone for this major rapid-transit project being constructed by the Acciona-Ghella JV.
Phyllis has excavated 1,350m of tunnel and installed 884 rings since starting at the future Great Northern Way-Emily Carr Station in late November 2022.
The Broadway Subway Project is a 5.7km extension of the Millennium Line from VCC-Clark Station to West Broadway and Arbutus Street, which will provide people with fast, convenient SkyTrain service along the Broadway corridor.
Phyllis has joined partner TBM ‘Elsie’ at the future Broadway-City Hall Station for planned maintenance.
The new Broadway-City Hall Station is the deepest station along Broadway at more than 20m underground, so that the Millennium Line extension can be built underneath the active Canada Line. The station stretches 210m over two blocks under Broadway between Alberta and Cambie streets to provide space for a crossover section of track where trains can switch directions when needed.
The Broadway Subway Project will support new transit-oriented developments, creating efficient, integrated communities where people can rely on public transit to connect them to their work and social lives.
The project means faster travel, better access and fewer cars on the road in this heavily used corridor. Once in service, the trip from VCC-Clark to Arbutus Station will take 11 minutes, saving the average transit commuter almost 30 minutes a day and relieving congestion along Broadway.
The Broadway Subway Project is funded and delivered by the Government of B.C., with contributions from the Government of Canada and the City of Vancouver:
Government of Canada: $896.9M
Government of British Columbia: $1.83bn
City of Vancouver: $99.8M (in-kind contribution)