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9 and 99 bus stops at Commercial–Broadway Station temporarily relocate, Sept. 15 – Oct. 1

Structural steel trusses will be installed at this location and across Broadway at Commercial–Broadway SkyTrain Station for the new pedestrian walkway.

An exciting milestone for the Commercial–Broadway Station Upgrades! Starting on September 15, construction begins for the new overhead pedestrian walkway across Broadway.

During the construction period, from September 15 through October 1, access to the station and platforms will not change. However, the 9 and 99 bus stops will be temporarily relocated along Broadway. 

Be on the lookout for signs like these telling you where to board your bus! Passengers may be required to cross the street to catch their bus.

Signs like these will help you find the 99 B-Line during the construction period for the Commercial–Broadway Station overhead walkway.

This phase of work includes using two, 270-tonne cranes to lift and place 30,000-pound steel trusses into place to support the new overhead walkway – whoa!

There will be periodic westbound lane closures on Broadway to position cranes and stage vehicles, equipment and materials, resulting in minor detours for 9 and 99 and delays for vehicles using Broadway. As well, SkyTrain passengers can expect trains to use one track in both directions around the area where work is happening during key times.

A full road closure on Broadway is planned for Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1. We encourage vehicle traffic to avoid this area as detours will be in effect and will result in delays.

We thank everyone for their patience as we complete these much-needed upgrades to Commercial–Broadway Station.

An update on construction in photos

Want to learn more about the Commercial–Broadway Station Upgrades? Visit translink.ca/commercialbroadway.

Author: Allen Tung

Metrotown bus stops on the move

Do you take the 49 or the 116 to or from Metrotown Station?

Good news! Starting September 4, the 49 Metrotown Station/Dunbar Loop/UBC and the 116 Edmonds Station/Metrotown Station will stop directly in front of Metrotown SkyTrain Station.

We’re introducing new eastbound stops along Central Boulevard to improve accessibility and make bus and SkyTrain transfers easier and more convenient. You’ll also notice two brand new bus shelters.

Temporary crosswalk changes

From August 30 to September 2, the south pedestrian path between the bus loop crosswalk and the centre stationhouse entrance at Metrotown will close, as we put the finishing touches on the new bus shelters for the 49 and the 116.

During this time, passengers exiting the station can travel east from the centre entrance to cross Central Boulevard at the mall parkade entrance to get to the bus loop. You can also exit the west stationhouse – where the new escalators are located – and head west to the McKay crosswalk.

Your safety is our top concern, so please – no jaywalking! Traffic flaggers and SkyTrain staff will be on site to direct you safely in and out of the station. Read more »

Look: Butterfly mural at Surrey Central SkyTrain station

Chrysalis is attached above the pedestrian walkway on City Parkway.

Have you been to Surrey Central SkyTrain station recently?

We’ve just unveiled a butterfly mural on the hoarding—or temporary fence—surrounding the Surrey Central Station Upgrades construction site.

Thomas Nelles, a Surrey artist, was the winner of an open call to artist to create a temporary mural. The theme chosen to inspire artists for their concepts was “Connecting People, Connecting Places.”

Nelles’ two-part artwork is titled Chrysalis and Butterfly Locomotion; Camouflaged.

Chrysalis, attached above the pedestrian walkway on City Parkway, is named for the stage that a caterpillar sheds its cocoon and transforms into a butterfly.

Butterflies have long been recognized as a metaphor for transformation. Nelles uses this imagery to symbolize the Surrey’s transformation from its agricultural past to its urban present and its goals for a sustainable future.

It also refers to SkyTrain’s history and its relationship to the city’s growth. SkyTrain arrived in Surrey with Scott Road Station in 1990 and Gateway, Surrey Central and King George stations opened in 1994.

Butterfly Locomotion; Camouflaged on the fencing surrounding the construction site.

The butterfly concept extends to Butterfly Locomotion; Camouflaged where a butterfly’s wings are designed as if seen through a kaleidoscope.

The mural, which is printed on mesh fabric and attached to the fencing surrounding the construction site, encourages viewers to see through it into the construction site. Its goal is to show change in a positive way, and its multiple variations of the butterfly speak to how every individual is part of Surrey’s growth.

To learn more about the Chrysalis and Nelles, click here.

Construction update

It’s full steam ahead at Surrey Central Station! Construction crews have installed site hoarding, poured the elevator and escalator foundation, relocated underground storm, sewer, irrigation and power utilities, and excavated the new stationhouse footings. Check out the photos:

When complete, a new north stationhouse with three additional escalators, new stairs and an additional elevator will make the station more accessible and convenient for our customers. It will also connect to a reconfigured bus exchange to make it easier to connect to and from the SkyTrain system.

Stay tuned for more updates on the project! For more information about Surrey Central Station upgrades, visit translink.ca/surreycentral.

New escalators at Metrotown SkyTrain station are now in service!

At a height of 13 metres (43 feet), the new escalators at Metrotown Station are the second highest in the SkyTrain system, surpassed only by the escalators at Granville Station at 14 metres (46 feet).

Exciting news for our customers who use Metrotown Station: the first four of eight new escalators—two up and two down—entered service on Monday, July 24!

These escalators at the newly opened west stationhouse will significantly improve passenger flow and access for our customers who can now enter and exit the platform via two escalators, two elevators, or one of two staircases from Central Boulevard.

Compass fare gates and vending machines have been installed at the west stationhouse and are operational. Customers are reminded to continue to tap in and out.

What’s next?

This is a major milestone for the station. Although both the centre and west stationhouses are now open, upgrades continue at Metrotown Station. We thank everyone for their patience while we complete this essential work.

In summer 2018, two more pairs of escalators will go into service when the rebuilt east stationhouse opens. When fully complete, the upgraded station will include:

  • Rebuilt east stationhouse and addition of new centre and west stationhouses
  • New stairs and escalators
  • Replacement of the original elevator with three new elevators accessible via a new central entry
  • An upgraded bus exchange on Central Boulevard
  • New secure parking area for bicycles

We’ll make sure to keep you updated on all the upgrades as they are completed.

Explore inside the west stationhouse

Visit our website for more information on the upgrades at Metrotown Station.

Author: Jessica Hewitt

Thank you for participating in the Broadway Extension and Surrey LRT consultations

Residents participate in the Surrey–Newton–Guildford LRT Project open house at Surrey City Hall on June 22.

Thank you to everyone who shared their input in the recent rounds of consultation for the Millennium Line Broadway Extension and Surrey–Newton–Guildford LRT projects. The online surveys are now closed and all open houses for both projects are now complete.

TransLink and the City of Vancouver held four stakeholder workshops and three public open houses, hearing from more than 900 stakeholders and members of the public. As well, more than 3,000 online surveys were completed.

To learn more about Surrey LRT project, more than 430 people came out to two stakeholder workshops and three public open houses, hosted in partnership with the City of Surrey. We also heard from about 1,800 people through online surveys.

Stay tuned for updates on the next steps for both the Broadway Extension and Surrey LRT projects! We’re compiling the feedback received, and we’ll report on what we heard and how this input will be considered as project planning continues.

More than 900 stakeholders and members of the public participated in the Millennium Line Broadway Extension Project open houses and stakeholder workshops.

Author: Allen Tung 

Thank you for participating in our Southwest Area Transport Plan

#PaulThePlanner explains some of the proposals in Phase 2 of the Southwest Area Transport Plan to a pair of residents.

A big thank you to everyone who got involved and had their say on the Southwest Area Transport Plan (SWATP)! We received more than 3,200 survey responses between May 23 and June 19.  We also heard directly from people at 16 in-person events, some with more than 500 people in attendance.

While we are still going through all of the input we received, some of what we heard included lots of support for proposals that identified new bus service, including new connections from Expo Line to the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal, a proposed service from Ladner Exchange to Langley, and new service along Blundell Road in Richmond.  Additionally, there was support for increased frequency on existing bus services, such as the 301, 311, 388, 430 and C76.

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Pattullo Bridge weekend closure July 14 – 17

The Pattullo Bridge is celebrating its 80 birthday this year, and as part of regular maintenance and repair work to keep the bridge operational until it’s replaced, the bridge will be closed from Friday, July 14 at 9 p.m. to Monday, July 17 at 5 a.m. This closure will allow crews to repair the south side of the bridge.

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This innovative TransLink program projects to generate $1 million in revenue

Guy Akester, TransLink's Director of Real Estate Programs and Partnerships with Patti Parente, Vice-President of Real Estate for A&W Food Services Canada outside the new 24-hour A&W restaurant at Main Street–Science World Station.

Guy Akester, TransLink’s Director of Real Estate Programs and Partnerships with Patti Parente, Vice-President of Real Estate for A&W Food Services Canada outside the new 24-hour A&W restaurant at Main Street–Science World Station.

Retail is popping up at SkyTrain stations—it’s all part of TransLink’s innovative retail real estate program. This program is already generating about $500,000 per year in additional revenue, and we’re projecting, within five years, to double that figure to about $1 million annually!

How is TransLink doing this? As part of ongoing SkyTrain station upgrades along the Expo Line, TransLink is turning under-used spaces into coveted retail spaces. While revenue from the retail real estate program will not fund the system in its entirety, it is offsetting costs for our customers and providing them with added comfort and convenience.

Recently, we added our first 24-hour retailer at Main Street–Science World Station, an A&W restaurant. This creates a constant human presence at the station, which can put customers at ease and provide them with a safe place to go.

This is just the start for us. We’re continuing to explore new ways to include retail at stations as we continue upgrades along the Expo Line. One day, with technological advancements, you might even be able to pay at these retailers using your Compass Card!

Want to learn more? Check out these stories:

Author: Allen Tung

SeaBus gets a makeover! An update on rehabilitation work

SeaBus Washrooms

Have you seen SeaBus’s new look? We’re happy to announce the washrooms at SeaBus are now open!

Last October the washrooms at the north and south SeaBus terminals closed to undergo renovations, including significant accessibility improvements. Last week, we celebrated a SeaBus birthday and opened up these brand new washrooms to the public.

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Weigh in on rapid transit in the Broadway Corridor!

broadway consultation photo

You’re invited to pop by an open house to learn more about the Broadway Extension and share your thoughts.

Today (June 19), we’re launching our next round of consultation, in partnership with the City of Vancouver. Back in January 2017, we launched the first phase of consultation and we heard from more than 470 people at in-person events and 4,200 people through our online survey and feedback forms. Now it’s your turn!

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Get on board with the Surrey-Newton-Guildford LRT project – June 13 to July 7

Surrey Newton LRT

Curious about the plans for the Surrey-Newton-Guildford Light Rail Transit (LRT) line? You’re invited to attend an upcoming open house to learn more about Surrey LRT and share your thoughts.

On June 13, we’re kicking off the next round of consultation, in partnership with the City of Surrey. You may remember that back in January 2017 we launched the first phase of consultation and we heard from more than 500 people at in-person events and 4,000 people through our online survey and feedback forms. Now it’s your turn!

Read more »

The Transit Network Review Report is here!

Cover page
Back in February, we asked you, our riders and neighbours to weigh in on some proposed new bus routes in Silver Valley, Clayton Heights and Morgan Creek communities as well as changes to the 159 and 169 in Port Coquitlam–South Coquitlam.

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Running Rail Replacement work May 25–May 30, 2017

Modified service route 1 NW to VC_17x11-01
We are continuing with our work to replace 7,000 aging rail pads and 5,000 linear metres of running rail on the Expo Line.

This phase of the Running Rail Replacement Project began this February and will continue through summer 2017.

This batch of work will include single tracking later in some evenings as well as some morning and afternoon work on the weekend.

On May 27 and May 28, two sections of track west of Main Street–Science World Station will require extended times to accommodate the necessary special treatment to pre-bend the 60 foot rail sections before installation.

Please take note of the schedules below and know before you go!

Thursday May 25 & Friday May 26

  • From 9:30 pm until the end of service

Saturday May 27

  • From start of service until 2:00 pm AND
  • From 11:30 pm until the end of service.

Sunday May 28

  • From start of service until 3:00 pm.
  • There will be no single tracking Sunday evening.

Monday May 29 & Tuesday May 30

  • From 9:30 pm until the end of service.

For all affected service days:

  • Expo Line trains will use one track in both directions at Main Street–Science World and Commercial–Broadway stations.
  • Expo Line passengers should allow for 15-20 minutes extra travel time.
  • All Expo Line trains will operate between Waterfront and King George stations.
  • Expo service to Sapperton, Braid, Lougheed Town Centre and Production Way–University will be replaced with trains operating between New Westminster and VCC–Clark. Passengers from other stations on the Expo Line can change trains to this service at Commercial–Broadway, New Westminster and Columbia stations.
  • Millennium Line and Canada Line will operate normally.

This work schedule is subject to change.

Learn more about our Running Rail Replacement Project!

Have questions about this project or single tracking? Ask away!
Tweet @TransLink or call 604-953-3333.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Get involved! Southwest Area Transport Plan consultation continues May 23 to June 19, 2017

Last year we began consultation for the Southwest area of Metro Vancouver that highlighted transportation improvements in Richmond, Tsawwassen First Nation, South Delta and connections to North Delta.

We’re back again with Phase 2 of the Southwest Area Transport Plan (SWATP) and we still need your help and want your input!

Take the survey from May 23 until June 19 and have your say, your way on proposed changes for this area.

What exactly IS SWATP?

I’m so glad you asked!

SWATP is a review of this area that will focus on improving transit service and infrastructure while addressing cycling, walking, driving and goods movement.

The planning process looks at customer experience, current and projected land use and development, transportation and ridership data as well as feedback from the public, stakeholders and local governments.

What is the goal of SWATP?

Proposed changes in Phase 2 aim to:

  • Provide more reliable and convenient bus service.
  • Provide Frequent Transit Network (FTN) service along key corridors.
  • Improve bus service for growing communities and large areas of employment, including industrial areas.
  • Make NightBus more direct for service to Richmond City Centre and YVR Airport.
  • Identify regionally-significant corridors for cycling investment.

How do I get involved?

Again, so glad you asked!

First, read all about the proposed changes to Southwest area at translink.ca/swatp.

Take the survey!

It just takes a few minutes of your time and you can do so by clicking here.

Attend an in-person event:

Ladner May Days
Sunday, May 28, 2017
10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Steveston Farmers & Artisans Market
Sunday, June 4, 2017
10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Bridgeport Station
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
3 p.m.–7 p.m.

Tsawwassen Farmers Market
Saturday, June 10, 2017
10 a.m.–2 p.m.

North Delta Farmers Market
Sunday, June 11, 2017
10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Pick up a paper copy of the survey at these locations:

  • Delta library branches– George Mackie, Ladner Pioneer, Tsawwassen
  • Kennedy Seniors Recreation Centre (North Delta)
  • KinVillage Community Centre (Tsawwassen)
  • McKee Seniors Recreation Centre (Ladner)
  • Minoru Place Activity Centre (Richmond)
  • Richmond Centre for Disability
  • Richmond Chinese Community Society
  • Richmond Public Library branches–Brighouse, Cambie, Ironwood, Steveston
  • Tsawwassen First Nation–Administration building, Lands department office

**Please note** Surveys are available in both English and traditional Chinese at in-person events. The online survey is in English only.

The feedback you share with us from May 23 to June 19 will be considered, along with other technical and budgetary factors, as we identify transportation priorities for the Southwest area.

Thank you for participating and making your voice heard!

Need more information?
Visit the project page or sign up for TransLink eNewsletters!

Author: Adrienne Coling

More station upgrade progress at Joyce–Collingwood!

Outside shot

View from east station house down Vanness Avenue

Joyce–Collingwood Station is looking more refreshed by the day as work continues on upgrading our fourth busiest Expo Line station outside of downtown Vancouver.

These upgrades seek to improve safety and security for riders as well as accessibility to the station.

Completed work

  • Escalator installation work is complete.
  • Timber ceiling installation in the new east stationhouse is now complete.
  • New lighting on the platform improves safety and security.
  • Bus shelter footings are now installed. Look for two new bus shelters at the station later this summer!
  • Newly installed glass panels improve visibility on the platform.

What’s next?

  • Elevator testing and commissioning
  • Public art installation
  • Ceiling panel installation on the platform
  • Installation of glass walls for the east stationhouse
  • Bike Parkade work is ongoing and when complete, customers can access the parkade using their Compass Card.

Thank you for your patience as we complete these much-needed upgrades to the Joyce–Collingwood Station and stay tuned for additional updates throughout the project.

Get in touch!

Customer Information: 604.953.3333
Monday to Friday: 5:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Overnight Station Upgrade Customer Service: 1.866.979.0930
Monday to Friday: 12:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 11:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.

For more information on this project visit translink.ca/joyce.
For up-to-date construction info, visit translink.ca/ontrack.

Author: Jessica Hewitt