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Capture Photography Festival exhibits returns to SkyTrain stations

The new art installation at Stadium–Chinatown Station, titled Qimash and by interdisciplinary artist Durrah Alsaif, as part of the 2018 Capture Photography Festival.

If you’ve taken the SkyTrain recently, you may have noticed captivating new public art installations at the Expo Line’s Stadium–Chinatown Station, and select Canada Line stations between Waterfront and Richmond–Brighouse!

TransLink is once again teaming up with the Capture Photography Festival, running from April 3 to 30, and installing a public art piece on our SkyTrain system. Public art is a key element to creating a welcoming environment, encourages community connections and encourages gathering places which help reduce crime and vandalism.

This year’s temporary installation at Stadium–Chinatown Station is called Qimash by interdisciplinary artist Durrah Alsaif, a Kwantlen Polytechnic University graduate:

In Qimash, Alsaif investigates [the blurring of lines between culture, tradition, and religion in the Middle East], which is considered culturally taboo in her home country [Saudi Arabia]. Initially taking place as a performance and now reformatted as a series of photographs designed for a public artwork, Qimash explores the symbolic action of adorning oneself with the Islamic religious garment worn by women—the hijab—while her performance juxtaposes ownership of cultural identity with absurdity, discomfort, and immobility. Through this cumulative gesture, Alsaif urges us to consider the symbolic weight of the hijab and its nuanced significance to the individual women that wear them.

Qimash will be on display at the station until March 31, 2019. It replaces Alinka Echeverría‘s Precession of the Feminine, which was installed as part of last year’s Capture Photography Festival.

On the Canada Line, work from ten different artists are being featured at Waterfront, Vancouver City Centre, Olympic Village, Broadway–City Hall, King Edward, Marine Drive, Bridgeport, Aberdeen, Lansdowne and Richmond–Brighouse stations. They will be on display until September 1, 2018.

Visit capturephotofest.com/public-installations to learn more about the Capture Photography Festival’s public art installations!

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New fare gates are coming to Granville Station’s Dunsmuir Street entrance

Granville Station’s Dunsmuir Street entrance and elevator will be closed from the end of service on Thursday, March 29 and will reopen for the start of service on Tuesday, April 3 so crews can add two new fare gates to the station. (Photo: GoToVan/Flickr)

More than 40,000 customers use Granville Station every day, making it one of our busiest stations on the system!

That’s why we’ll be adding two additional fare gates to the Dunsmuir Street entrance to ensure it continues to meet the needs of our growing ridership.

The Dunsmuir Street entrance will close and there will be no elevator service at the station from the end of service on Thursday, March 29 until the start of service on Tuesday, April 3 so crews can install the new fare gates.

During the closure, customers can access the station through both the Granville Street and Seymour Street entrances. Expo Line customers requiring the use of an elevator will need to go to Stadium–Chinatown Station or Burrard Station. SkyTrain Attendants will be present at Granville Station to assist customers during the work.

We recognize that this is an impact to our customers and we thank everyone for their patience while we improve capacity at Granville Station.

Passengers are encouraged to visit translink.ca/alerts for the latest updates.

Bikes are now allowed at Metrotown Station

The rebuilt east stationhouse at Metrotown Station!

Exciting news for our multi-modal commuters—bikes are now allowed at Metrotown Station!

Recently, the rebuilt east stationhouse at Metrotown Station opened with four new escalators, further improving passenger flow and access at the station. With all three stationhouses now open (west opened in July 2017 and centre opened in March 2017), we have more capacity than ever before at the station!

As a reminder, customers with bikes will need to enter and exit through the centre stationhouse where elevators are available for use. The east and west stationhouses have escalators only and bikes are not permitted due to safety concerns. Please be mindful of the bicycle restrictions in place that affect when and how many bikes are allowed on SkyTrain during varying times of day.

This is just the beginning! Work is expected to be fully complete at Metrotown Station later this spring, including a new Bike Parkade!

Bike Parkades are secure facilities where customers who ride bikes to or from transit can lock their bike for the day. The parkade can be accessed with a registered Compass Card 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for $1 per use (per day) to a maximum of $8 per calendar month.

For more details on tips and guidelines around bikes on transit, please visit translink.ca/bikesontransit.

Author: Allen Tung

Year in Review: an update on the Expo Line SkyTrain station upgrades

A major milestone for Metrotown Station this year as both the centre and west stationhouses opened!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! A time to look back at the past twelve months and take stock of all that we’ve accomplished…like making tremendous progress on four Expo Line SkyTrain Station upgrades!

In order to ensure we continue to meet the needs of our customers and the entire region for years to come, these four stations are currently being upgraded to improve station accessibility, capacity, safety and security. Read more »

Where do our transit vehicles sleep at night?

Buses all settled and snuggled in for the night!

Our transit vehicles spend their days moving many people around Metro Vancouver, but have you ever wondered what happens to them after a long day of work? Each night, our SkyTrain vehicles, SeaBus vessels, buses and West Coast Express trains return to their homes for a well-deserved rest before they gear up for another busy day.

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Rail replacement work moves to Main Street–Science World area

During rail replacement on select days, all Expo Line trains will operate between Waterfront and King George, and will use one track in both directions at Main Street–Science World and Commercial–Broadway stations.

As part of keeping our system in a state of good repair, we are replacing 5,000 linear metres of running rail at four main locations close to Metrotown, Main Street–Science World, Stadium–Chinatown and Waterfront stations.

Replacement work is currently taking place in the Main Street–Science World area, resulting in modified evening SkyTrain service. Read more »

Fun poll results: Your favourite summer spots to visit with transit

The results are in! We asked you what your favourite summer spot is to visit with transit and with 27 per cent of votes, Stanley Park is your favourite summer spot!

Coming in second and not too far behind with 20 per cent of votes is “Other”. Granville Island and New Westminster River Market both tied for third place with 14 per cent of votes each.

If you answered other, where do you love to go with transit in the summer? Summer isn’t over yet so comment below and let us know!

Following the top three summer destinations are White Pine Beach and Lonsdale Quay, each with eight per cent of votes, Queen Elizabeth Park with four per cent of votes, and Kitsilano Beach and Capilano Suspension Bridge coming in with three per cent of votes.

Thanks to everyone for voting!

If you have an idea for a poll, comment below or email thebuzzer@translink.ca!

Author: Christina Jakopin

New escalators at Metrotown SkyTrain station are now in service!

At a height of 13 metres (43 feet), the new escalators at Metrotown Station are the second highest in the SkyTrain system, surpassed only by the escalators at Granville Station at 14 metres (46 feet).

Exciting news for our customers who use Metrotown Station: the first four of eight new escalators—two up and two down—entered service on Monday, July 24!

These escalators at the newly opened west stationhouse will significantly improve passenger flow and access for our customers who can now enter and exit the platform via two escalators, two elevators, or one of two staircases from Central Boulevard.

Compass fare gates and vending machines have been installed at the west stationhouse and are operational. Customers are reminded to continue to tap in and out.

What’s next?

This is a major milestone for the station. Although both the centre and west stationhouses are now open, upgrades continue at Metrotown Station. We thank everyone for their patience while we complete this essential work.

In summer 2018, two more pairs of escalators will go into service when the rebuilt east stationhouse opens. When fully complete, the upgraded station will include:

  • Rebuilt east stationhouse and addition of new centre and west stationhouses
  • New stairs and escalators
  • Replacement of the original elevator with three new elevators accessible via a new central entry
  • An upgraded bus exchange on Central Boulevard
  • New secure parking area for bicycles

We’ll make sure to keep you updated on all the upgrades as they are completed.

Explore inside the west stationhouse

Visit our website for more information on the upgrades at Metrotown Station.

Author: Jessica Hewitt

Upcoming rail replacement work on the Expo Line

Running rail replacement will mean modified late evening service between Stadium–Chinatown and Waterfront stations.

As part of keeping our system in a state of good repair, we are replacing 5,000 linear metres of running rail at four main locations close to Metrotown, Main Street–Science World, Stadium–Chinatown and Waterfront stations.

Replacement work is currently taking place in the Stadium–Chinatown area, resulting in modified evening SkyTrain service in downtown Vancouver. The affected dates and times are:

  • Monday, July 17; Wednesday, July 19; Thursday, July 20 and Sunday, July 23 (from 9:30 p.m. until the end of service)
  • Monday, July 24 through Thursday, July 27 (from 11:59 p.m. until the end of service)
  • Sunday, July 30; Monday, July 31 and Thursday, August 3 (from 9:30 p.m. until the end of service)
  • Monday, August 7 through Thursday, August 10 (from 9:30 p.m. until the end of service)
  • Sunday, August 13; Tuesday, August 15 and Wednesday, August 16 (from 9:30 p.m. until the end of service)
  • Sunday, August 20 and Tuesday, August 22 (from 9:30 p.m. until the end of service); Wednesday, August 23 (from 10:30 p.m. until the end of service); and Thursday, August 24 (from 9:30 p.m. until the end of service)
  • Sunday, August 27 through Thursday, August 31 (from 9:30 p.m. until the end of service)
  • Monday, September 4 through Thursday, September 7 (from 9:30 p.m. until the end of service)
  • Sunday September 10 and Monday, September 11 (from 9:30 p.m. until the end of service)
  • Tuesday, October 10 (from 10:30 p.m. until the end of service)

(Author’s Note: Due to the rescheduling of the J. Cole concert at Rogers Arena from Tuesday, July 18 to Wednesday, July 19, rail replacement work is cancelled on July 19.) 

Expo Line trains will terminate at Stadium-Chinatown Station, operating with a normal 5 minute frequency. A shuttle train will operate every 10 minutes between Waterfront, Burrard, Granville and Stadium-Chinatown stations. Expo Line passengers connecting at Stadium–Chinatown should allow for 5-10 minutes extra travel time.

Normal 10 minute service frequency is provided on the Millennium Line, and on the Expo Line to both King George and Production Way–University.  The Canada Line will also operate normally.

Customers are advised to watch destination displays and listen for train destination announcements. We thank you for your patience as we complete this essential work.

How does this affect your commute? Check out our Alerts Page for pattern changes and upcoming work.
Find more information on the entire project, visit translink.ca/railreplacement.

Running Rail Replacement work June 12-14, 2017

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TransLink keeps chugging along with our Running Rail Replacement Project. Starting back in February, we’ve been replacing 7,000 aging rail pads and 5,000 linear metres of running rail on the Expo Line.

Here are the details: Read more »

Running Rail Replacement work May 25–May 30, 2017

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We are continuing with our work to replace 7,000 aging rail pads and 5,000 linear metres of running rail on the Expo Line.

This phase of the Running Rail Replacement Project began this February and will continue through summer 2017.

This batch of work will include single tracking later in some evenings as well as some morning and afternoon work on the weekend.

On May 27 and May 28, two sections of track west of Main Street–Science World Station will require extended times to accommodate the necessary special treatment to pre-bend the 60 foot rail sections before installation.

Please take note of the schedules below and know before you go!

Thursday May 25 & Friday May 26

  • From 9:30 pm until the end of service

Saturday May 27

  • From start of service until 2:00 pm AND
  • From 11:30 pm until the end of service.

Sunday May 28

  • From start of service until 3:00 pm.
  • There will be no single tracking Sunday evening.

Monday May 29 & Tuesday May 30

  • From 9:30 pm until the end of service.

For all affected service days:

  • Expo Line trains will use one track in both directions at Main Street–Science World and Commercial–Broadway stations.
  • Expo Line passengers should allow for 15-20 minutes extra travel time.
  • All Expo Line trains will operate between Waterfront and King George stations.
  • Expo service to Sapperton, Braid, Lougheed Town Centre and Production Way–University will be replaced with trains operating between New Westminster and VCC–Clark. Passengers from other stations on the Expo Line can change trains to this service at Commercial–Broadway, New Westminster and Columbia stations.
  • Millennium Line and Canada Line will operate normally.

This work schedule is subject to change.

Learn more about our Running Rail Replacement Project!

Have questions about this project or single tracking? Ask away!
Tweet @TransLink or call 604-953-3333.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Experience your own ‘art on transit’ Jane’s Walk

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The festivities and walking tours associated with the worldwide Jane’s Walk are over for another year, but that doesn’t mean we should stop discovering our communities!

With that in mind, we’d like to share the walk and talk that TransLink’s Debra Rolfe lead during the festival.

Below is a step-by-step guide to art found on and around the Expo Line with a few stops in Vancouver and New Westminster.

Enjoy!

Stadium–Chinatown

Alinka Echeverría’s Precession of the Feminine

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Located on the unused platform at the station, and visible from the main platform or from eastbound trains, temporary project 2017-18

This artwork is part of the Capture Photography Festival, a non-profit annual festival devoted to exhibiting local and international photography. Alinka Echeverría’s Precession of the Feminine is a series of three-dimensional simulations of ceramic vases fused with archival photographs of women and presented against vibrantly coloured backdrops. Echeverría shows her viewers the process behind the creation of these images in order to invite them to look at the unconscious beliefs we bring to viewing photographs, particularly of women. Within the transit context, this project demonstrates one of the goals of TransLink’s public art program to surprise and delight customers, with the layers of meaning in this artwork manifesting differently whether customers pass through the station only once or whether they pass through the station daily.

Main Street–Science World

Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky’s Watch Seller

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Artwork is on the plaza outside the Thornton Park entrance to the east stationhouse, permanent project installed 2015

The Watch Seller is a bronze sculpture of a watch seller that functions like a deconstructed public clock. Covered in 720 watch faces, the Watch Seller has every possible minute of a 12-hour analogue clock visible on his figure. He is always out of time, but he also always shows the correct time. These aspects of the artwork reference the shared history of train travel and standardized time, which were invented together in the 19th century. Indeed, standardized time was once called ‘railway time’ and public clocks are a ubiquitous feature of old railway stations. Set at the pedestrian level right outside the station entrance and across Thornton Park from Pacific Central Station, the Watch Seller is the size of a real person. It invites interaction and engagement with the station and the history of rail travel.

Commercial–Broadway

Richard Tetrault Cole Bazin, Karen Chan, Emily Gray, Rachel Stableford and Jerry Whitehead mural

Intersections mural on Broadway and inside the south stationhouse, temporary project 2015-18

This series of murals was commissioned in order to improve the experience of the station during renovation and reduce graffiti on the construction hoardings. It was a partnership with the City of Vancouver’s Integrated Graffiti Management Program. Due to the complex nature of the construction process at this station and the expectation that we would have to move the construction hoarding around over time, we asked the artists to create a series of small murals that could be displayed together or separately. Although the artists all worked together and worked with a shared theme and colour palate, they each led on a 12×8 foot section of the mural. The mural’s name and the motif of the SkyTrain windows repeating throughout remind us of the nature of Commercial-Broadway Station as a place of meeting and of departure.

Joyce–Collingwood

Kim Villagante and aly de la cruz yip’s Home mural

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Found on Vanness Avenue, outside the east station house, temporary project 2016-17

This project was a partnership with the City of Vancouver’s Integrated Graffiti Management Program and the Collingwood Neighbourhood House. The artists worked with youth who are newcomers to Canada, including Syrian refugee youth, to develop designs related to the concept of home. Individual children produced drawings that the artists then integrated into the overall design. The word ‘home’ in blue, like a river, binds the entire mural together.

New Westminster Station

Sean Alward’s New Westminster Glass Mural

Located along the staircase leading to the westbound platform, permanent project installed 2016

The mural at New Westminster Station is a collage of archival photographs of New Westminster and elsewhere in BC overlaid with brightly coloured shapes. The flow of images in the artwork references the nearby Fraser River and, as the artist has described it, ‘the simple paradox that [the river] is an ever-changing yet constant presence’. The artwork examines the history of New Westminster and British Columbia as one in which ‘nature’ is transformed into ‘resources’ and how an economy, political power and culture develops from that process. It also brings a beautiful stream of multi-coloured light and images into the station, whereas before the view from this staircase was of the concrete wall next door.

Now you’ve got the tools and the information for your own mini-tour of art on transit. Print this out or save it to your phone, grab your Compass Card and get exploring!

Author: Adrienne Coling

More station upgrade progress at Joyce–Collingwood!

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View from east station house down Vanness Avenue

Joyce–Collingwood Station is looking more refreshed by the day as work continues on upgrading our fourth busiest Expo Line station outside of downtown Vancouver.

These upgrades seek to improve safety and security for riders as well as accessibility to the station.

Completed work

  • Escalator installation work is complete.
  • Timber ceiling installation in the new east stationhouse is now complete.
  • New lighting on the platform improves safety and security.
  • Bus shelter footings are now installed. Look for two new bus shelters at the station later this summer!
  • Newly installed glass panels improve visibility on the platform.

What’s next?

  • Elevator testing and commissioning
  • Public art installation
  • Ceiling panel installation on the platform
  • Installation of glass walls for the east stationhouse
  • Bike Parkade work is ongoing and when complete, customers can access the parkade using their Compass Card.

Thank you for your patience as we complete these much-needed upgrades to the Joyce–Collingwood Station and stay tuned for additional updates throughout the project.

Get in touch!

Customer Information: 604.953.3333
Monday to Friday: 5:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Overnight Station Upgrade Customer Service: 1.866.979.0930
Monday to Friday: 12:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 11:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.

For more information on this project visit translink.ca/joyce.
For up-to-date construction info, visit translink.ca/ontrack.

Author: Jessica Hewitt

Running Rail work resumes May 22, 2017

Modified service route 1 NW to VC_17x11-01

**UPDATE May 8** – Work has been postponed until May 22, 2017. Continue to check translink.ca/alerts for the latest updates.

The Running Rail Replacement Project continues with work that started on Sunday, April 30.

Fun fact!

As part of this project we have already replaced 6851 rail pads, and expect to install a total of almost 7000 rail pads by the end of the project.

May 7 to May 9 May 22 to May 24

Single tracking – when trains travel on the same track in alternating directions – will happen at Royal Oak and Edmonds stations from 9:30 p.m. until the end of service.

  • Expo Line trains will operate between Waterfront and King George stations, with additional trains until midnight between Waterfront and Metrotown
  • Expo service to Sapperton, Braid, Lougheed Town Centre and Production Way–University will be replaced with trains operating between New Westminster and VCC–Clark. Passengers from other stations on the Expo Line can change trains to this service at Commercial – Broadway, New Westminster and Columbia stations.
  • Expo Line passengers should allow for 15-20 minutes extra travel time.
  • Millennium Line and Canada Line will operate normally.

Learn more about the 2017 Running Rail project

Know before you go!
For more information on what this means for your commute, visit translink.ca/alerts.
Find details on the Rail Replacement Project at translink.ca/rail replacement.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Take the SkyTrain survey, April 24–May 21, 2017

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BCRTC (SkyTrain) has joined the Nova benchmarking group that is operated by the Imperial College in London.

This group is sister to the benchmarking bus group (IBBG) of which CMBC is a member. The purpose of these groups is to share experiences, compare performance, identify best practices and learn from one another in order to improve performance.

Much like the IBBG survey, this survey looks at overall customer satisfaction, service quality, performance and more!

Members of the Nova benchmarking group:

Your feedback is very important and this is a perfect opportunity to weigh in on the SkyTrain service.

The survey will be available from April 24 until May 21, 2017.

CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY!

Author: Adrienne Coling