May 2nd marks the 30th anniversary of Expo ’86 – the 1986 World Exposition on Transportation and Communication held on the north shore of False Creek. North America’s largest World’s Fair was a monumental event for Vancouver that left a lasting legacy, notably, Metro Vancouver’s first Rapid Transit SkyTrain – the Expo Line, built for and named in anticipation of the fair. SkyTrain debuted as the first and one of the longest, fully-automated, driverless, rapid transit systems in the world
“Transportation and Communication: World in Motion – World in Touch” coincided with Vancouver’s centennial celebration and was opened by Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
A lot has changed in 30 years, and we’ve summarized some fun facts below about SkyTrain, Metro Vancouver, and BC in general.
|Main line track (km)||21||58|
|Annual boardings (millions)||20 (1987)||80|
|Fleet (cars)||114||258 (+28 by mid-2016)|
|One-zone cash fare (at Jan 1)||$1.15||$2.75|
|Metro Vancouver population||1.38 million (census)||2.54 million (BC Stats projection)|
|Detached home price||$130,800||$1,816,487|
|Minimum Wage (per hour)||$3.65||$10.45|
Do you have an Expo ’86 memory you’d like to share? Did you take SkyTrain when it first launched?
Author: Sarah Kertcher