Performance Highlights

On August 17, 2009, the Canada Line opened its doors to the public with great fanfare, more than 3 months ahead of schedule. Since then, the rapid-transit system has garnered more awards, and achieved many more milestones:

Ridership Highlights

As of March 2018, average weekday ridership is in excess of 133,000, far exceeding the original forecast.

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games – from February 12 to February 28, 3,881,986 passengers traveled on the Canada Line during the 17-day Games. With an average daily ridership of over 228,000, the Canada Line system demonstrated remarkable resiliency and reliability as all 20 trains were deployed on most days, for the majority of the service day.


Canada Line has garnered numerous international awards for its design, construction and service. Some of them are highlighted below:

The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships Gold Award for Service Delivery 2017
International Bridge ConferenceGustav Lindenthal Medal for Outstanding Achievement
Engineers Canada2011 National Award for an Engineering Project of Achievement
Air Rail News International Air Rail OrganisationService of the Year Award, Global Air Rail Award 2011
Confindustria Ceramica, The Italian Association of Ceramics, Italian Trade CommissionCeramic Tiles of Italy, Institutional Design Award 2011
Canadian Consulting EngineerSchreyer Award (for most technically innovative project)
Illuminating Engineering Sociery (IES)Energy and Environmental Design Award, Award of Excellence
Consulting Engineers of British Columbia (CEBC)Lieutenant-Governer's Award for Engineering Excellence Award of Excellence, Transportation
The Canadian Council for Public-Private PartnershipsGold Award for Infrastructure 2009
American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)/Canadian Consulting Engineer (CCE)Award of Excellence, Transportation, North Arm Bridge
Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI)Award of Excellence, Bridges, North Arm Bridge
Canadian Consulting Engineers of British ColumbiaLieutenant-Govern's Award for Engineering Excellence, North Arm Bridge Award of Excellence, Transportation, North Arm Bridge
IStructETransportation Structures, North Arm Bridge
Project Finance International AwardsInfrastructure Deal of the Year (Americas)
Euro Money Project Finance MagazineNorth American Transport Deal of the Year