Vancouver is preparing a green, sustainable transportation corridor.
In 2016, the City of Vancouver bought 42 acres of open space from Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (CP) for $55 million. The corridor is now named the Arbutus Greenway and will let you walk or cycle continuously for about nine kilometers from Milton Street to 1st Ave, creating a sustainable way of transport for the citizens as well as a vaulable tourism attraction. Plans also included a light rail or streetcars on the Arbutus Greenway, however according to city transportation manager Jerry Dobrovolny, the light rail is most likely not happening.
"The City's historic purchase of the Arbutus railway is great news for Vancouver," said Mayor Gregor Robertson. "Thanks to this landmark agreement, the City will be able to transform the area into an outstanding greenway and connect neighbourhoods from False Creek to Marpole. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity, not unlike New York's High Line and other international examples. City Council is looking forward to the next steps in this process and to working with the community to enhance the greenway for all users."
The City plans to begin construction of the greenway as soon as possible and expect it to be complete by 2018.