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Mega-Events and Rapid Transit: Evaluating the Canada Line 10 Years After Vancouver 2010

Sroka, Robert


Robert Sroka


This article examines the Canada Line rapid rail transit project in Vancouver, British Columbia, a decade after its completion and the 2010 Winter Olympic Games for which it was accelerated. The case resides at the intersection of two project classes with well-documented patterns of underperformance: transit mega-projects and sporting mega-events. Beyond connecting a number of Vancouver 2010 venues, the Canada Line is notable for its use of a public-private partnership procurement (PPP) model, as well as the significant real estate development seen nearby. In particular, the article focuses on outcomes classified under three headings: procurement model, community impact, and land use impact. Prior to providing avenues for future research, this article finds that while the PPP model avoided substantial cost overrun risks, the lucrative operational concession was where the growth coalition pushing the project was able to make it sufficiently attractive for private partners, while externalizing cost on third-parties.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 1, 2021
Online Publication Date Mar 26, 2021
Publication Date 2021-07
Deposit Date Dec 7, 2022
Publicly Available Date Dec 8, 2022
Journal Public Works Management & Policy
Print ISSN 1087-724X
Electronic ISSN 1552-7549
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 26
Issue 3
Pages 220-238
Keywords mega-events, mega-projects, public-private partnerships, land use, rapid transit
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