The above photo is from one of the easiest subway tunnel explorations I’ve ever done. It is the mouth of the tunnel for the new ‘Canada Line’ subway route in Vancouver, B.C. I simply walked right into the tunnel outside of Vancouver city hall. I would imagine it’s much harder now that trains are running. (comically a worker told me not to take photos when I was shooting some of the ground level work further down the line the next day – I nearly fell over laughing)
“Opened on August 17, 2009, the Canada Line added 15 stations and 19.2 km (11.9 mi) to the existing SkyTrain system. The Canada Line cost $1.9 billion”
By comparison, NYC’s Second Avenue Subway ‘phase one’ segment will cost just as much, while only adding 3 miles of subway tunnel. It was planned in the 1920s, with some construction in the 1970s. Work began again in 2007 and is estimated to be completed in 2016.
In other words, Canadians can build a subway tunnel 4 times as long, in a fraction of the time it takes in NYC. Corruption or ineptitude? You Decide.