I don’t usually write about construction at SkyTrain stations, but this particular upgrade is worth noting since it has to do with accessibility to the system.
Starting on September 26th, the elevator at the Burrard SkyTrain Station will be out of service and “non-accessible” for roughly four months.
The reason for the closure is due to construction of the new faregate entrance hall. It’s all part of OnTrack, which will provide many upgrades and repairs to the SkyTrain system over the next two years.
If you normally use the Burrard elevator, you’ll need to use the elevator at Granville, Vancouver City Centre or Waterfront Station instead as of Monday, September 26th. On weekdays, the #44 connects Burrard Station with Waterfront starting at 6:37am (from Waterfront on route to Burrard) to approximately 8:25pm (Burrard on route to Waterfront). Check the bus schedule for specific times in between.
It’s an inconvenience for sure, but the payoff will be a working FareCard system that will better integrate transit, make it safer and easier to use as well as provide more value through better collection of revenue and changes in fare calculation.