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Pattullo Bridge Weekend Closure – October 2015

The Pattullo Bridge

The Pattullo Bridge will be closed to all vehicle traffic from 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16 until 12 p.m. (noon) Sunday, Oct. 18. Emergency vehicles will still have access to cross the bridge, and the sidewalk will stay open for cyclists and pedestrians.

The closure is required for essential pothole repairs on the bridge. The closure will be well signed and drivers are asked to obey all traffic control devices on the bridge approaches.

The Pattullo Bridge is being regularly inspected to monitor the condition of the aging deck. Several potholes have been patched already with no impact to traffic, but additional repairs are needed to keep the bridge safe for drivers.

Drivers should plan alternate routes to cross the Fraser River during the weekend closure. Transit customers should plan on longer travel times on two routes:

  • The N19 NightBus will re-route via the Alex Fraser and Queensborough Bridges.
  • The #321 on Sunday morning will end at Scott Road.

More extensive deck repairs are still planned for 2016 as part of the broader rehabilitation program of the existing bridge.

For information on the Pattullo Bridge, customers can:

New Westminster Station Upgrades Update

East escalator installation at New Westminster Station

Construction is well underway at New Westminster Station while we upgrade the station to improve accessibility, capacity, safety and security!

Here’s a few project benefits:

    • Replacement elevator and escalators to improve access for customers.
    • Improved lighting and signage throughout the station.
    • Glass panels that replace the existing mesh screens to improve station visibility from street level.
    • Better integration with the surrounding community to make it easier to connect to and from the SkyTrain system.

Project status

Since construction work began in May, crews have been working on the new east and west station entrances, painting throughout the station, and removal of the mesh screens at the platform level.

New escalators have been installed at the west and east station entrances and both are expected to open later this fall.

What to expect

Our top priority is the safety of the public, passengers, employees, and contractors. Due to the nature of construction activity, we recognize there will be impacts to the public, including noise, traffic impacts, and changes to SkyTrain service and station access.

Below is a summary of the short-term work passengers and neighbours can expect:

South elevator closure

    • Beginning Sept. 21 and continuing until spring 2016, the south elevator to the eastbound platform will be closed while crews install a new elevator.
    • Customers can use the Shops at New West elevator to access the eastbound platform, parkade, and concourse.
    • Signs will be installed at the station to help direct customers.

North entrance closure

    • Beginning Sept. 21 and continuing until spring 2016, the north entrance to the westbound platform will be closed while crews install a new escalator and stairs.
    • Customers can use the Shops at New West escalator and stairs to access the westbound platform and concourse.
    • Signs will be installed at the station to help direct customers.
    • The south entrance to the eastbound platform will be closed later this fall so crews can install a new escalator and stairs. Customers will be able to access the platform using Shops at New West escalators and stairs.
    • Mesh screens along the platform will continue to be removed and replaced with temporary fencing. Glazed screens will be added as construction progresses.
    • Hoarding will remain at the platform to give crews the space they need to work.
    • Noise associated with large construction projects, including nighttime work with varying levels of noise while trains are not operating, will continue.

Thanks for your patience as we complete these much-needed upgrades to New Westminster Station and stay tuned for additional updates throughout the project!

Rail replacement work continues September 5-7, 2015

Jennifer at Edmonds Station speaking about rail replacement. No, we did not organize the SkyTrain to move past her perfectly timed. It just worked out that way!

Work continues this weekend as TransLink replaces major sections of its 30-year-old SkyTrain track while keeping the service open for customers. Keeping the trains running while this critical work is done during non-peak hours will mean delays for customers taking the Millennium and Expo lines this weekend.

Where is the rail being replaced? 

Last weekend (Aug.28-30) crews replaced approximately 950 linear metres of rail by Edmonds Station. The work was completed on schedule, despite high winds and a downed tree in the area where rail was replaced.

This weekend, crews will replace rail along the S-curve between Commercial-Broadway and Main Street-Science World stations.

How will service be impacted? 

September 5 to 7, all day (Labour Day weekend)

  • Expo and Millennium Line service will be reduced, while crews replace rail west of Commercial-Broadway Station. Trains will single track at Commercial-Broadway and Main Street-Science World stations.
  • Millennium Line will operate between VCC-Clark and Columbia stations only.
  • A frequent bus shuttle will operate between VCC-Clark, Main Street-Science World and Stadium-Chinatown stations from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Millennium Line customers travelling into or out of downtown Vancouver in the afternoon should consider using this bus service.

To minimize waits, customers are encouraged to consider alternate bus routes to reach their destinations! Thanks for your patience while we complete this necessary work! 

Author: Jennifer Morland

Construction is starting at New Westminster Station!

Upgraded station entrance off Carnarvon Street

Upgraded station entrance off Carnarvon Street

New Westminster Station is integrated into the mixed-use development beside and around the station. As the neighbourhood around the station continues to grow and develop, the station requires updates to better meet the needs of SkyTrain customers. Construction is beginning at the station. Read on for important details about the project and what you can expect!

What’s happening?

The upgrades, which are expected to be complete by summer 2016, will improve accessibility, capacity, safety and security at the station. The project includes:

  • Replacement elevator and escalators to improve access for customers.
  • Improved lighting and signage throughout the station.
  • Glass panels that replace the existing mesh screens to improve station visibility from street level.
  • Better integration with the surrounding community to make it easier to connect to and from the SkyTrain system.

What can I expect?

Our top priority is the safety of the public, passengers, employees, and contractors. Due to the nature of construction activity, we recognize there will be impacts to the public, including noise and changes to station access.

Below is a summary of the key project phases and expected impacts. For ongoing information about construction impacts associated with the project, visit www.translink.ca/ontrack. Please note that timelines are subject to change based on construction activity.

Phase 1: East and West station access – spring 2015-summer 2015

Construction crews will focus on replacing the east escalator and upgrading the stairs, at the Eighth Street entrance, and the west escalator and stairs by the bus loop. Painting and the installation of new window glazing will also begin at platform level, and the emergency exits at the north and south sides of the platform will be painted.

Impacts:

  • Station access from Eighth Street will be closed. Passengers will be redirected to the Carnarvon Street entrance.
  • The escalator and stairs from the bus loop to the concourse level will be closed. Passengers will be redirected along McNeely Street to the Carnarvon Street entrance, or through the parkade to the existing moving walkway that provides access up to the concourse level.
  • Platform widths will be reduced in some areas to allow for painting, window installation, ceiling replacement and new lighting.
  • Hoarding in the concourse area to allow for new ceilings, lighting and painting.
  • Noise associated with large construction projects, including nighttime work with varying levels of noise while trains are not operating, is expected to begin in several weeks. Notifications will be sent in advance of particularly noisy work.

Phase 2: Eastbound and westbound platform access – summer 2015-fall 2015

Construction crews will focus on replacing the escalators and upgrading stairs to the eastbound and westbound SkyTrain platforms from the concourse level. Replacement of the south elevator, which provides access to the eastbound platform, will also begin.

Painting and installation of new window glazing at the platform level is expected to be completed in this phase.

Impacts:

  • Passengers traveling eastbound and westbound can access the platforms via the Plaza 88 escalators and stairs.
  • Passengers requiring the use of an elevator to access the eastbound platform can use the Plaza 88 elevator, by the cinema from the parkade west of the bus loop at street level, or by the cinema at the concourse level.
  • The north elevator to the westbound platform will be in service.
  • Hoarding in the concourse area to allow for new ceilings, lighting and painting.
  • Neighbours can expect noise associated with large construction projects, including nighttime work with varying levels of noise while trains are not operating. Notifications will be sent in advance of particularly noisy work.

Phase 3: Concourse area upgrades – fall 2015-summer 2016

Construction crews will complete the replacement of the south elevator and begin upgrades to the concourse area.

Impacts:

  • Hoarding in the concourse area to allow for new ceilings, lighting and painting.
  • Neighbours can expect noise associated with large construction projects, including nighttime work with varying levels of noise while trains are not operating. Notifications will be sent in advance of particularly noisy work.

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Thanks for your patience as we complete these much-needed upgrades to New Westminster Station! For more information, including FAQs and information boards, visit www.translink.ca/newwestminster.

Author: Jennifer Morland

Phase 2 upgrades construction is starting at Commercial-Broadway Station

Summary of Phase 2 upgrades at Commercial-Broadway Station

Summary of Phase 2 upgrades at Commercial-Broadway Station

TransLink is upgrading several existing stations and exchanges along the Expo Line in order to accommodate increasing passenger volumes, meet accessibility commitments and improve the customer experience.

Commercial-Broadway, Joyce-Collingwood, Main Street-Science World (over 80 per cent complete), Metrotown, New Westminster, Scott Road (completed) and Surrey Central have all been identified as priorities for upgrades.

Construction is beginning at Commercial-Broadway Station and we’d though we share some important details with you!

Phase 1 upgrades – completed in 2009

In 2009, TransLink completed Phase 1 upgrades to Commercial-Broadway Station identified in the Commercial–Broadway Transit Village Plan. These upgrades were aimed at improving the station, its immediate environment, and surrounding public areas.

A new entrance with new stairs and escalator was added at 10th Avenue, the north end elevator was relocated to the south end of the station, new glass walls, paving/tiling at the ground level and new retail spaces for future use were added.

This project was part of the Urban Transportation Showcase Project, a series of pilot projects completed in partnership with Transport Canada, TransLink, and local governments.

Phase 2 upgrades – starting now

Commercial-Broadway Station is the busiest station on the SkyTrain system and is a major transit hub for the region – serving 90,000 station trips and 60,000 bus trips per day.

The station currently lacks the capacity to accommodate current ridership, resulting in severe congestion, with long queues at key station “choke points” such as Platform 3, the pedestrian bridge over the Grandview Cut and the bottom of the Commercial Concourse stairs and escalators.

Construction for Phase 2 upgrades begins in the coming weeks and is expected to continue until spring 2017. Phase 2 upgrades will allow for increased capacity, and provide additional opportunities to make improvements to customer safety inside the station.

Project benefits:

  • An additional platform for Expo Line trains, a widened crossing over the Grandview Cut and a new walkway over Broadway to enable the system to expand for future customers as our region grows.
  • New elevators, stairs and up and down escalators to improve access and passenger flow for customers.
  • Updated design features to improve safety and security for all our customers.
  • Better integration with the surrounding community to make it easier to connect to and from the SkyTrain system.

What can I expect? 

Our top priority is the safety of the public, passengers, employees and contractors. Due to the nature of construction activity, we recognize there will be impacts to the public, including noise, traffic impacts and changes to SkyTrain service and station access.

Below is a summary of the key project phases and expected impacts. Please note that timelines are subject to change based on construction activity.

Phase 2A: Grandview Cut Crossing – spring 2015-spring 2017

The first phase of construction will begin with two distinct project sites: the Broadway east stationhouse and within the Grandview Cut where construction crews will focus on building the new Grandview Cut crossing. Upgrades will also be underway to the west staircase, behind the elevator.

Impacts:

  • Existing pedestrian overpass over the Grandview cut will be narrowed.
  • The west staircase will be closed for a portion of the construction period.

Phase 2B: Broadway Platform – spring 2015-spring 2017

While Phase 1A works are underway, a new platform will be constructed to the east of the existing Broadway guideway. Construction work will focus on building the new platform, including hoop trusses and roof mesh. Access to all station entrances, stairs, escalators and elevators will remain open during construction.

Impacts:

  • Platform widths will be reduced in some areas to allow for construction hoarding.
  • Passengers can expect minor SkyTrain service adjustments.
  • Noise associated with large construction projects, including nighttime work with varying levels of noise while trains are not operating, is expected to begin in several weeks. Notifications will be sent in advance of particularly noisy work.

Phase 2C: Broadway Passerelle – spring 2015-summer 2016

During the second phase of construction, crews will build and install the new Broadway passerelle. The passerelle will be constructed off-site then lifted onto newly constructed columns on Broadway.

Impacts:

  • Passengers can expect minor SkyTrain and bus service adjustments.
  • Bus stops for the 99 B-Line and #9 will be temporarily relocated.
  • Drivers and pedestrians can expect temporary traffic impacts, road and sidewalk detours.
  • Neighbours can expect noise associated with large construction projects, including nighttime work with varying levels of noise while trains are not operating. Notifications will be sent in advance of particularly noisy work.

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For more information, you’ll want to read the Commercial-Broadway Station Upgrades FAQs and our latest information boards. Passengers can stay up-to-date throughout construction by visiting translink.ca/OnTrack.

Author: Jennifer Morland

The Golden Ears half marathon and 10K run is happening again this weekend

Hey buzzer readers!

The Golden Ears Half and 10K is happening again!

The Golden Ears Half and 10K is happening again!

The fifth Golden Ears Bridge Half Marathon and 10K race is happening on Sunday March 15, 2015, and TransLink is very excited to be supporting it again!

Both races will go over the Golden Ears Bridge, crossing on the east side and then coming back on the west side. Traffic control measures will be in place on either end of the bridge while race is taking place, so keep that in mind if you’re driving in the area.

Proceeds from the race will go to the School Meal Program in the Langley School District and Friends in Need Food Bank in Pitt Meadows. If you want to cheer the runners on, the Half Marathon begins at 8:30 a.m. and the 10K starts at 9:15 a.m.! Visit the Peninsula Runners site for more info.

Author: Jennifer Morland

Metrotown Station elevator out of service Feb. 26

Hey buzzer readers!

2015-02-19 Metrotown elevator post

Accessibility upgrades are underway at Metrotown Station

With site preparation works underway, the contractor is preparing for construction of the Metrotown Station and Exchange Upgrades to begin. In the first phase of construction, crews will focus on building the new Centre Stationhouse, including new elevators and stairs. In order for this work to happen, the elevator at Metrotown Station will be taken out of service for approximately one year beginning Feb. 26.

UPDATE Two bus shuttles will service the station 

While the elevator is out of service, two bus shuttles will service the station for passengers who require the use of an elevator.

  • Passengers with disabilities can take a HandyDART shuttle between the Metrotown and Patterson HandyDART stops.
  • Passengers travelling with strollers can take a Community Shuttle to Metrotown Station from Patterson or Royal Oak Station.

The shuttles will run approximately every 15 to 20 minutes during the following times:

  • Monday to Friday: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Sundays & holidays: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Here's where the HandyDART shuttle stops are

Here’s where the HandyDART shuttle stops are

Demand for the shuttles is expected to be high; passengers taking the services should allow for extra time when planning their travel, especially during peak periods.

We realize that many of our customers will be affected by the elevator closure, which was the best solution to avoid a full closure of Metrotown Station. We thank everyone for their patience while we complete these much-needed upgrades. When complete, the station will be more accessible, safe and secure, and improve the experience of the thousands of people who use the station every day.For more information about the Metrotown Station and Exchange Upgrades, visit translink.ca/metrotown.

Author: Jennifer Morland

New Westminster Station Upgrades

Hey Buzzer Readers!

As you know, we’re holding an Open House tomorrow at New Westminster Station to share details about the upgrades which are expected to start later this winter. Some of you have asked questions about the project, so we wanted to share some info here on the blog in case you can’t make it out tomorrow.

How the upgraded station will look from the outside

How the upgraded station will look from the outside!

What’s happening at New Westminster Station?

TransLink is upgrading several existing stations and exchanges along the Expo Line in order to accommodate increasing passenger volumes, meet accessibility commitments and improve the customer experience. Commercial-Broadway, Joyce-Collingwood, Main Street-Science World (over 80 per cent complete), Metrotown, New Westminster, Scott Road (completed) and Surrey Central have all been identified as priorities for upgrades.

New Westminster Station is integrated into the mixed-use development beside and around the station. As the neighbourhood around the station continues to grow and develop, the station requires updates to better meet the needs of SkyTrain customers.

The project includes:

  • upgrades to existing escalators and stairs to increase capacity and improve accessibility
  • replacement of the original south elevator
  • improved station design with better lighting and visibility for a safer and improved customer experience
What you can expect inside the station once upgrades are complete!

Station interior once upgrades are complete!

When is construction?

Construction at New Westminster Station is scheduled to begin in early 2015 and is expected to be complete in 2016.

Will the station be closed during construction? Will there be any major changes to SkyTrain service? 

The station will remain open during construction and SkyTrain service is expected to remain normal during peak periods.

However, access into the station will be restricted at certain times and passengers may find their travels plans disrupted while essential work is being done. There are also plans to single track trains outside of peak periods, creating longer wait times for SkyTrain. Service disruptions will not coincide with special events.

Will construction work require any road closures? 

There may be minor impacts to traffic during construction. Any road or sidewalk detours will be communicated well in advance.

Will there be construction work at night? 

Nighttime work with varying levels of noise is required while trains are not operating. It is necessary to perform this work at night to ensure the safety of SkyTrain passengers and contractors. TransLink’s contractor will make significant efforts to minimize the impact of this construction on the public. Notification of construction work at night will be provided to directly impacted citizens well in advance of the night construction beginning.

Allowing construction work at night also helps ensure the project progresses as scheduled while avoiding a full station shut down – something we want to avoid.

Find out more!

For more information about the project and to share feedback, visit translink.ca/newwestminster; feedback will be accepted until February 11.

Or better yet, visit us tomorrow from 2:30 to 6:30 at New Westminster Station, on the ticket vending level between CIBC and Tim Hortons and ask your questions in person! 

Author: Jennifer Morland

Open House for New Westminster Station on January 28, 2015

Here's whats coming up at New Westminster Station!

Here’s whats coming up at New Westminster Station!

We’re inviting you to attend an open house to learn about the station design, construction plan and project timeline for the upgrades coming to New Westminster Station.

New Westminster Station Open House

Date: January 28, 2015
Time: 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Location: New Westminster Station, ticket vending level between CIBC and Tim Hortons

Get involved online

Can’t make it to one of the sessions? No problem! We will also have information and a feedback survey posted at translink.ca/newwestminster. Feedback will be accepted between January 28 and February 11.

We hope to hear from you soon! Oh, and we’ll be posting more info about upgrades at New Westminster Station soon.

Author: Jennifer Morland

Expo Line Power Rail Replacement work – late-night shuttle service begins Jan.6

SkyTrain in action!

SkyTrain in action!

Hey buzzer readers!

As you may already know, we’re replacing 34 km of original power rail on the Expo Line. The power rail supplies SkyTrain vehicles with power, approximately 650 volts DC.

Work is returning to the area between Waterfront and Stadium–Chinatown and there will be service impacts for people travelling to or from those stations during late-night service.

From Jan. 6th to the 8th and the 11th to the 15th, passengers travelling through all stations between Waterfront and Stadium-Chinatown will commute using a shuttle train during late-night service.

  • Shuttle service will begin at 10:15 p.m. on January 6th and 8th, and 9 p.m. on all other days.
  • Passengers travelling west of Stadium-Chinatown must hop off and transfer to a shuttle train. Service east of Stadium-Chinatown will operate normally.
  • Passengers are encouraged to plan for an extra 10 minutes of travel time.
  • SkyTrain services will run as normal during the day, peak times and major downtown events.
SkyTrain staff will be on hand at affected stations to provide directions and assistance. We thank you for your patience and cooperation as we keep our system in good repair for your overall service.

Author: Jennifer Morland

Take any train to Main beginning Dec.6

Hey buzzer readers,

As you know, Train2Main has been in service since March 30 when construction crews began work on the platform. Since then, we’ve made a lot of progress on the station upgrades that are currently underway – the new east stationhouse opened on May 16 , the new Secure Bike Parking area opened on May 26 and construction is now over 80 per cent complete!

We’re pleased to announce that beginning Dec. 6, passengers will be able to take any train to Main Street-Science World Station! Expo and Millennium Line trains will return to normal service at Main Street-Science World Station and Train2Main will no longer operate. Passengers will continue to use the east stationhouse to access the SkyTrain while crews work on the west stationhouse.

anytrain2main

Dec. 5 will be the last day of Train2Main operations

Thanks for your patience as we make these much-needed improvements at Main Street-Science World Station. When complete in summer 2015, the upgraded station will improve the overall customer experience at one of the busiest stations in the SkyTrain system. To learn more, visit www.translink.ca/ontrack.

Author: Jennifer Morland

Information sessions for Joyce-Collingwood Station Dec. 1

Hear what’s coming up at Joyce-Collingwood station

Hear what’s coming up at Joyce-Collingwood station

Joyce–Collingwood Station serves a high-density, mixed-use neighbourhood and is an important bus transfer location. As the number of passengers using the station grows, the station will need upgrades that increase passenger capacity and improve accessibility.

An information session for the upgrades is being held on Dec. 1. Drop by the open house to learn about the upcoming station upgrades and provide input into the long-term vision for Joyce–Collingwood Station and Exchange.

Date: Monday, Dec. 1, 2014

Time: 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Location: Joyce-Collingwood Station, tents west of East Station House 

Get involved online

Can’t make it to one of the sessions No problem! We will also have information and a feedback survey posted at translink.ca/joyce beginning Dec.1. 

We hope to hear from you soon!

Author: Jennifer Morland

GoCard update for students

 

Students on the system

Students out and about

Are you a returning secondary student in Grade 9 to 12 aged 14 to 19? Then your GoCard from the 2013/14 school year is now valid until November 30 while you wait for your 2014/15 GoCards to be issued.

Your GoCard gets you concession fares on all TransLink services in Metro Vancouver, so you can travel for a reduced price.  Just make sure you have your GoCard with you when travelling on the system.

2014/15 GoCards will be issued to new and returning public school students in the coming weeks.

For more information about GoCards, visit www.translink.ca/gocard.

Author: Jennifer Morland

Reminder for students with GoCards

Students out and about

Students out and about

Are you a returning secondary student in Grade 9 to 12 aged 14 to 19? Then your GoCard from the 2013/14 school year is still valid until October 31, despite any labour disputes.

Your GoCard gets you concession fares on all TransLink services in Metro Vancouver, so you can travel for a reduced price.  Just make sure you have your GoCard with you when travelling on the system.

New GoCards will be issued to public school students once school is back in session.

For updates on GoCards for the 2014/15 school year, visit www.translink.ca/gocard.

Author: Jennifer Morland

A new 99 B-Line pilot queuing system is coming!

Lineups are about to get easier at the busiest bus stop in Metro Vancouver that serves one of the busiest bus corridors in the region, just in time for post-secondary students to go back to school! The new pilot queuing system will be introduced at the westbound 99 B-Line stop at Commercial-Broadway Station by September 2. The system will make passenger boarding easier and keep sidewalk space open for people walking by.

The pilot runs from September 2014 to spring 2015 when construction of a new shelter for the 99 B-Line is planned to start. The queuing system and shelter are part of the Phase 2 upgrades at Commercial-Broadway Station.

The pilot queuing system was developed following a TransLink study at Commercial-Broadway Station in late January. The study found that pavement markings were effective for managing the long line-ups at the 99 B-Line stop while providing clear sidewalk space for pedestrians. The video below was taken during the study.

The painting and construction work for the pilot queuing system is expected to occur during the week of August 25. Bus stops for the 99 B-Line and 9 will be moved slightly to the west on August 25 and 26 to allow for installation.

Beginning September 2, you can tell us what you think about the pilot queuing system through an online survey at www.translink.ca/99blineq. This feedback will be considered for the shelter and permanent queuing system being developed.

Author: Jennifer Morland