Canada Line spurs economic growth in Richmond

The $2 billion dollar Canada Line rapid transit project was one of the reasons Vancouver was awarded the 2010 Olympics, and it continues to pay benefits, especially in Richmond.

Look around any of the stations in Richmond and you’ll notice a construction boom underway.

With 120,000 daily users, the line has surpassed its original ridership projections three years in advance.

It’s no surprise to Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“We believed that ever since they took away the trams in 1958 — there’s been a pent-up demand, and we’ve been working to get it back ever since.”

Five out of new six town centres currently under construction are on the Canada Line.

Millions of square feet of office and retail, plus 5,500 new dwelling units and 1,500 hotel rooms are currently under construction or proposed.

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Richmond expects 80,000 new residents in next 20 years, which means the Canada Line will be even busier than it currently is.

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