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New bus shelters and more coming to Nanaimo Bus Exchange!

Nanaimo Bus Exchange rendering

Construction is expected to begin in early 2019 and conclude in late 2019

Exciting news for those of you who access the Nanaimo Bus Exchange on your daily commute!

The Nanaimo Bus Exchange is more than 30 years old and serves the #25, the fifth busiest bus route on the system. Approximately 4,600 customers use the Nanaimo Bus Exchange each weekday.

As part of the TransLink Maintenance and Repair Program, Nanaimo Bus Exchange is being upgraded to improve customer safety and comfort, and to help keep our growing ridership moving.

These upgrades will allow us to increase safety with improved measures for pedestrian, cyclists, and motorists; improve transfers between bus and SkyTrain; and improve amenities and lighting for more comfort at the Exchange.

Improvements include:

  • New bus shelters, benches, and landscaping to make it a more inviting environment
  • A new plaza to reduce crowding and make it easier to transfer between bus and SkyTrain
  • Enhanced lighting and sightlines to improve safety
  • A new layout to improve pedestrian, cyclist, and motorist flow

Construction will begin in January and is expected to end in fall 2019.

To accommodate construction, the stops for the #25 and #7 will move onto the street on January 2.

Nanaimo Bus Exchange bus stop relocation sign

This sign will be posted to help you find your way

All buses will continue serving the Nanaimo Bus Exchange; however, bus stops will be temporarily relocated and some service may be slightly altered.

  • Throughout construction, all bus stops will move to Nanaimo and 24th Street 
  • During the first half of the project, the #7 route will be served by diesel buses. It will return to a trolley route during the second half.
  • No overnight construction is anticipated.
  • Access to the SkyTrain Station will remain open and accessible.

We thank our customers and neighbours for their patience while we improve the Nanaimo Bus Exchange.

We’re also upgrading the 22nd Street Exchange! Read about all the other improvements to our bus exchanges here as part of the Mayors’ 10-Year Vision.

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Author: Tanushree Pillai


  • By Joe, A 12 for Transit, December 21, 2018 @ 2:01 pm

    Great project but please don’t mess up the views west from Nanaimo Station – it’s one of my fav places to photograph the Vancouver sunset & the SkyTrain – see for instance.


  • By Henry Hart, February 11, 2019 @ 9:41 am

    Nanaimo Station looks fine to me but I think it is really good to make this project because there will be more space for buses and waiting sheds

  • By Sarah Kertcher, February 12, 2019 @ 10:00 am

    Absolutely! Thanks for your comments. We hope you like it just as much if not more when it’s complete! Stay tuned!

  • By Wallace Oyama, February 13, 2019 @ 3:19 pm

    Looking forward to the Nanaimo station changes, thank you. Will this alter the bike lane path in the area along the skytrain line, including across Nanaimo street? Also, will there be any bike lockers installed at the station?

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