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Granville Escalator Replacement Project set to begin on May 26


The escalators at SkyTrain’s Granville Station—the longest in Metro Vancouver—carry 30,000 people per day and have been operating since the Expo Line opened in 1986. That’s more than 30 years!

The time has come for them to be replaced to ensure the escalators are safe and reliable for our customers today and well into the future. That’s why we’re embarking on an ambitious project to replace the six escalators at Granville Station, beginning with the three main escalators on May 26 and continuing for about two years.

The Seymour Street entrance to Granville Station will be closed for the duration of this work in order to ensure the safety of customers and construction crews, and minimize project cost and time. Customers will access the station from the escalators and elevator at the Dunsmuir Street entrance where new fare gates have been installed for the increased passenger volume.

Customers are asked to allow for extra travel time or consider using Burrard or Stadium–Chinatown stations, a five to eight minute walk away. Additional SkyTrain staff will be on site to assist customers.

DID YOU KNOW? 💡 The escalators at Granville Station are the longest in Metro Vancouver at 115 feet (35 metres) long!

It’s no easy feat as it’s not your typical escalator installation! The confined location of the escalators requires them to be built on-site piece-by-piece.

Escalators typically come prefabricated and can be installed in about six months. However, the length of the escalators at Granville Station (the three main ones are the longest in Metro Vancouver!) and the challenges of bringing large prefabricated pieces into a constrained, underground space means the escalators must be built and assembled on site, and must be adapted to the exiting truss.

The Granville Station Escalator Replacement Project is part of the TransLink Maintenance and Repair Program, our annual investment in repairing, replacing and improving aging infrastructure across the system to keep customers safe, comfortable and moving across a reliable transit network every day.

In total, 37 escalators at 13 SkyTrain stations along the Expo Line and at select West Coast Express stations will be replaced through the Expo Line Escalator Replacement Project, with Granville Station up first. Improvements to the other 12 stations are anticipated to begin rolling out in 2019.

Extensive proactive maintenance is being completed on the three escalators serving the Dunsmuir entrance at Granville Station to reduce the need for unplanned maintenance, and replacement parts have been pre-ordered to allow for faster repairs.

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SeaBus seismic upgrades and terminal renovations begin

Bowinn Ma, Parliamentary Secretary for TransLink, and Hedy Fry, MP for Vancouver–Centre, reveals a sketch of the upgraded Waterfront Road entrance at the SeaBus’s south terminal.

A lot of exciting things are happening with SeaBus!

As part of Phase One of the 10-Year Vision, a new SeaBus is being built and service increased to every 15 minutes all day and every 10 minutes during peak! In Phase Two, which public engagement is underway for, SeaBus service is set to increase so it meets the last Canada Line train.

And beginning today are seismic upgrades and accessibility improvements to Waterfront Station’s SeaBus terminal! It’s all part of the annual TransLink Maintenance and Repair Program, which kicks off for 2018 with this project. The improvements include:

  • Four replacement escalators, one replacement elevator and a new elevator.
  • A new staircase to make it easier to transfer to SkyTrain at Waterfront Station and improve passenger flow during peak times.
  • An extension with a new entrance and Compass Vending Machine for customers accessing SeaBus from HeliJet or Waterfront Road.

DID YOU KNOW?💡 More than 5.8 million passengers rode the SeaBus in 2017, passing through the terminals at Waterfront Station and Lonsdale Quay!

SeaBus will continue to operate as normal during the upgrades and the terminal will remain fully accessible.

These improvements are made possible through partnership between TransLink and senior levels of government, which includes provincial and federal contributions through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund.

The TransLink Maintenance and Repair Program is our annual investment in repairing, replacing and improving aging infrastructure across the system to keep customers safe, comfortable and moving across a reliable transit network every day.

There are currently 98 active maintenance and repair projects throughout the transit system—this is an investment of $200 million!

Future investments totaling $150 million is also planned as part of this integral long-term initiative to maintain and improve our transit network. Key initiatives include running rail and rail pad replacement, SkyTrain station upgrades, upgrades to the Major Road Network including the rehabilitation of Westham Island Bridge, and bus fleet replacement.

Watch the announcement