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SkyTrain Vancouver

Vancouver, British Columbia

Photo Credit: TransLink


Initial Research by: Desiree Theriault

Edited by: Samantha Miller & Nicole Brekelmans

Case study compiled in 2017 



Project:  SkyTrain Vancouver

Type of Urban StrategySmart Cities 

Type of ProjectRapid Transit

LocationVancouver, British Columbia

Date Designed/Planned: 1985

Construction Completed 2016



Over the past few decades, Canadian cities have shifted their perspectives of the urban environment into one that strives to be economically competitive (Jones. 2015). The future of a city now more than ever relies on providing a high quality of life, a sense of place, and universal access to its citizens. The integration of transit-oriented development (TOD) provides cities with the ability to promote healthier lifestyles, renew identity within declining communities, improve air quality, and provide a network that connects all communities (TransLink, 2011).


The system creates corridors between neighbourhoods to facilitate easy accessibility to transit, diffuse downtown congestion, and provide affordable mobility. The Rapid Transit System and urban strategy has played a crucial role in creating a stronger, more attractive, and future-focused Vancouver - a necessity to thrive within the complexities of the Canadian urban planning landscape.


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