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New bus shelters for the Newton bus exchange

Newton Bus Shelter

Newton bus shelters just installed

The Newton bus exchange is getting a set of eight new bus shelters this week, to replace ones the previous advertising contractor removed more than a year ago. I thought I would post a couple photos of this early Christmas present for residents of Surrey’s Newton area.

Newton Bus Shelter Installation

The top of a bus shelter being installed.

The bus shelters have quite a sleek contemporary look, and they were designed to allow for good sightlines and visibility through the exchange (glass walls on the backs and sides are being installed over the next few days).

For now, just the shelters are being installed, but passengers who frequent the exchange can expect improved lighting, as well as new paving and benches in the future. There will also be more space for buses during recovery time.

TransLink funded the replacement shelters, and is sharing the cost of the upgrades to come with the City of Surrey. This project is included as part of planning for the renewed Newton Town Centre, a transit-oriented community that includes a new bus exchange.

The installation will be complete this Friday and, if we get photos before the holidays, I’ll try to update this post with them.

Update (December 23, 2011): As promised, below is another photo of the shelters, this one showing the glass being installed.


Newton Bus Shelters

Glass being installed on the Newton bus shelters











Author: Tina Robinson


  • By Scott, December 22, 2011 @ 9:38 pm

    This is great news. It’s awful there when it pours

  • By Joe, December 23, 2011 @ 7:57 am

    When are we going to be getting new bus shelters near BCIT? They’ve all been disappearing and it’s downright horrible, right in the middle of winter no less!

  • By Tina Robinson - Buzzer Contributor, December 23, 2011 @ 10:05 am

    Hi Joe: The majority of shelters in the region are actually provided by municipalities, while TransLink is responsible for the ones at stations and exchanges. When there are shelters on city streets, it’s often because a municipality has a long-term advertising contract in place to offset the cost of providing and maintaining shelters and other street furniture.

    So regarding the shelters near BCIT (assuming you mean the ones on Willingdon), the City of Burnaby’s contract with the advertising contractor maintaining them ended in November 2011, and the company started removing them from city property. The City of Burnaby would know more about the specifics of any planned transition to new shelters.

  • By Sheba, December 23, 2011 @ 9:29 am

    Are they going to be moved when the exchange moves to the new site on King George?

  • By Tina Robinson - Buzzer Contributor, December 23, 2011 @ 9:46 am

    Hi Sheba: I believe the site you are thinking of is part of the Newton Town Centre plan, but that has a longer time horizon – the exchange will eventually move, but only after development in the area takes place, which could be several more years. That’s why these upgrades to the existing exchange are taking place now.

  • By Frieda, December 23, 2011 @ 10:20 am

    Beautiful! So nice to see shelters with a contemporary design.

  • By Joe, December 23, 2011 @ 9:15 pm

    Any idea which department to contact at the City of Burnaby? City Engineering? Thanks.

  • By Tina Robinson - Buzzer Contributor, January 3, 2012 @ 10:20 am

    Hi Joe, sorry for the delay in response, but I was on holidays! I believe it would be City Engineering. I also found this article about bus shelters in Burnaby:

  • By Andrew Joyce, December 26, 2011 @ 5:41 pm

    Is Translink going to modify the existing Newton Exchange to accommodate articulated buses for the future 399 B-Line or is the B-Line just going to stay on King George?

  • By Tina Robinson - Buzzer Contributor, January 5, 2012 @ 9:54 am

    Hi Andrew: Some of the bays are going to be modified so that articulated buses (e.g. the King George B-Line) can stop at the exchange. This will likely happen over the summer of 2012.

  • By Eugene T.S. Wong, December 30, 2011 @ 7:57 am

    Wow. I gave up all hope of ever seeing bus shelters there. I think that it was probably 5 years ago, when the shelters were taken away. Can anybody confirm that?

    I’m really happy to read this great news.

  • By Tina Robinson - Buzzer Contributor, January 5, 2012 @ 9:52 am

    Hi Eugene and Scott: It might feel like it was a long time but I’ve just been informed that it was at the end of 2010 that the shelters were removed. So just over a year ago.

  • By Scott, December 31, 2011 @ 10:32 am

    Wasn’t five, probably 2 or 3. Those old blue shelters that were so beat up and trashed and then they were removed.

  • By Johnny, January 1, 2012 @ 5:08 pm

    I’ve seen an increase in people loitering in the shelters at Newton bus loop.

  • By Eugene T.S. Wong, January 12, 2012 @ 1:09 pm

    I think that it is impossible that it is at the end of 2010. I remember way too many cold days. We must be talking about different shelters.

    I can’t believe that the Newton Exchange shelters were there during the Winter Olympics. Maybe newer shelters were brought up for a short time, and then taken down before I even realized it.

    I know that Newton Exchange had shelters on the north side for a long time, but the south side hasn’t shelters in several years. I am absolutely certain.

    Tina, can you confirm? It’s not a big deal, but I’d like it to be written down, just for the unofficial record. We had to endure a lot of wind and rain.

  • By Tina Robinson - Buzzer Contributor, January 13, 2012 @ 9:29 am

    Hi Eugene: Looks like you are right about the shelters on the south side. They were removed earlier by the company who had installed them for the City, though we aren’t sure why or precisely when. However, the north side shelters were removed in 2010.

  • By Marvin B, January 21, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

    Now if we can remove the drug dealers from Newton exchange!

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