Beginning November 16, a portion of the centre stationhouse will open!
To allow for demolition to begin on the existing east entrance, the pedestrian walkway at Metrotown Station connecting the mall and bus loop will permanently close.
The station upgrades allow space for an overhead walkway to be built, however, TransLink does not own the property and it will be up to the discretion of the City of Burnaby.
We are currently working with the city to agree upon design, construction, funding and timing for the a new walkway.
Not to worry, the station is still accessible for riders! You can exit the platform via the brand new stairs in the centre stationhouse towards the east of the platform or the emergency staircase at the west end of the platform.
The future bus lane will be used for passengers to travel east or west along the south side of Central Boulevard. Concrete barricades will be installed to separate pedestrians from traffic in that area.
Compass Vending Machines and card readers will be located just outside the station, so remember to tap in and tap out to ensure you are paying the correct fare!
**Please note** There will be no escalator access into the station, only stairs. The HandyDART and Community Shuttles will continue to run between Metrotown and Patterson stations until the new elevators open this spring.
What’s all this construction for? Let me tell you! When fully complete, the upgraded station will include:
- A rebuilt east stationhouse and the addition of new centre and west stationhouses
- New stairs and escalators
- A replacement of the original elevator with three new elevators accessible via a new central entry
- An upgraded bus exchange on Central Boulevard
- New secure bike parking
Author: Jessica Hewitt