Vancouver had plans as early as the 1950s to build a monorail system.
SkyTrain was conceived as a legacy project of Expo 86 and the first line was finished in time to showcase the fair’s theme: “Transportation and Communication: World in Motion – World in Touch”. Construction was funded by the provincial and federal governments. It was built through the Dunsmuir Tunnel under downtown, which had originally been built for the Canadian Pacific Railway.
Each of the route lines operate daily, with the first train departing at around 5:30 a.m. on weekdays (later on weekends), and the last train leaving around 1:00 a.m. Schedules vary depending upon stop, location, and day of week.
- Official site (en)