As the City of Vancouver discusses the possibility of a subway along the Broadway corridor, it’s worth taking a look at Vancouver’s history of rail transit.
Fifty-five years ago today, the last interurban tram ran between Marpole and Steveston, marking the end of nearly seven decades of rail-based public transit.
The Arbutus-Steveston tram was called the Lulu Island line and was one of several interurban lines in the Lower Mainland. (They were called interurbans because they ran between cities.)
There were two lines that ran from Vancouver to New Westminster through Burnaby (the Central Park line and the Burnaby Lake line), a route that ran from New West to Marpole, and a line that went from New West to Chilliwack. SkyTrain’s Expo Line more or less follows the Central Park interurban route.
What happened to the trams when they stopped running? They were taken to the B.C. Electric yards by the Burrard Bridge and burnt.