Originally Posted by trofirhen
I agree, it's hokey. Renaming the system by colour reference or maybe numbering or lettering the line names would be better. European cities and Asian cities often do that.
- London uses names.
- Tokyo uses names.
- Osaka uses names.
- Kuala Lumpur doesn't.
- Beijing appears to use numbers.
- Shanghai appears to use numbers.
- Moscow seems to use both
- St. Petersburg seems to use both
- Rome uses letters
It seems to me that cities that started with only planning one line at a time and slowly building out the network have named lines, whereas cities that had comprehensive plans and quickly built out a system numbered the lines.
The Millennium Line, when it was originally being built was a Phase I and Phase II system. Phase I was Lougheed to Commercial. Phase II was Commercial to Granville and Lougheed to Coquitlam.
VCC Station was an addition to (imho) encourage the line to be continued. VCC gives the line the feeling that it is incomplete as it's not a natural terminus.
When the current political party came into power, they axed phase II.
Therefore, the EG Line and the Central Broadway line were originally just the Millennium Line.
The Canada line couldn't be called the Olympic Line
because of sensitivities at the time. The RAV line wasn't included in the Olympics cost and so it would have been fodder for Olympic opposition.