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Know before you go! Wintry weather in Metro Vancouver

SkyTrain Attendants will be staffing all trains.

In anticipation of the wintry weather, preparations are underway to provide as much service as possible for customers, but expect less frequency on SkyTrain than you may be used to. Read more »

Upgrades coming to 22nd Street bus exchange!

You asked, we listened!

As part of the approved Phase 1 investments in the Mayors’ 10-year Vision, upgrades for the 22nd Street Bus Exchange were identified.

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First look: the upgraded Commercial–Broadway Station

Get ready to experience Commercial–Broadway Station in a whole new way! The new platform, Platform 5, opens on February 2, along with two new elevators, four new up/down escalators, a new walkway over Broadway and two new “next train” information displays.

TransLink invited news media for a behind-the-scenes tour in advance of its opening. Of course, The Buzzer blog was there too! Check out the photos:

All-door boarding coming to Commercial–Broadway SkyTrain station!

Starting February 2, 2019, there will be a new option for getting on and off Expo Line trains heading westbound towards downtown Vancouver. A new platform at Commercial–Broadway Station will soon be open for customers, bringing all-door boarding to SkyTrain for the first time.

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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!

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Attention Delta residents! Westham Island bridge closures coming soon

Westham Island Bridge

UPDATE – February 1, 2019 – There will be overnight closures from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. on the following nights:

  • January 28- Feb 2
  • Feb 11-16
  • Feb 18-23

Two 30-minute daytime closures will be required every day, except Sundays, for the duration of construction.

* No closures from Sunday night into Monday morning.

If you are a pedestrian/cyclist accessing the bridge, please note:

Pedestrian and cyclist access will be maintained throughout construction with an escort. (There was pedestrian/cyclist restricted access at night for the last few weeks, but those restrictions have been lifted.)

The Westham Island Bridge connects Ladner with Westham Island. It opened to traffic on March 29, 1910. The bridge is approximately 325 metres long and consists of a swing span that opens for marine passage below.

The bridge is 108 years old and requires maintenance and rehabilitation work as part of the TransLink Maintenance and Repair Program to keep it safe and reliable.

Major rehabilitation work on the bridge began this fall and will continue until spring 2019. Work involves repairing and replacing components across the entire bridge, including piles and pile caps, floor beams and stringers below the deck, deck and handrail, and the swing mechanism.

During closures, emergency vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists will be allowed to cross with an escort; the bridge will be closed to all other traffic.

 Overnight closures will be from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. on the following nights:

  • December 10 – 15
  • December 17 – 22

There will be no closures from Sunday night into Monday morning and no daytime closures during December. Daytime closures will be scheduled in the new year.

Closure details, including dates of future closures, will be shared through the following channels:

There may be closures of the swing span, the details of which will be communicated regularly to ensure users of the navigational channel are aware of any restrictions.

 Why does the bridge have to be closed?

The bridge must be closed at various times throughout construction to ensure the safety of the workers and bridge users, and to accommodate construction equipment.

Is the bridge safe?

The bridge is safe for use; however, as one of the oldest bridges in the region, there are elements of it that are nearing the end of their useful lives. The upcoming rehabilitation work ensures the bridge remains safe and reliable.

We thank bridge users and nearby residents for their patience while we improve one of the oldest bridges in the region.

Make sure you check www.translink.ca/westham for up-to-date information.

Have questions? For more information, please email Westham.Island.Bridge@TransLink.ca or contact Customer Information at 604-953-3333.

Author: Tanushree Pillai

4 Winter safety tips for transit this season

Winter is coming to Metro Vancouver, and we want to help you be weather-wise by giving you four Winter Safety Tips for transit this season.

1. Hold on!

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Next train information set to arrive on SkyTrain’s Expo and Millennium Lines


Say ‘goodbye’ to the red LED signs on SkyTrain’s Expo and Millennium Lines, and get ready to say ‘hello’ to coloured signs with real-time transit information! That means you’ll know exactly when your train is coming, upcoming trains and where they’re going. Read more »

A little more about that colour green and our new buses

TransLink Green New Flyer Bus

Colours in the green-yellow spectrum are perceived as conveying movement and speed.

As we mentioned in a previous post, we’re changing the colour of our B-Lines when the new ones launch in late 2019.

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Now showing: award-winning public artwork at Joyce–Collingwood station!

Have you checked out this amazing artwork at Joyce–Collingwood SkyTrain station yet?

We have some news to share!

For those of you who board/alight the Expo Line at Joyce–Collingwood SkyTrain station, a new piece of public art has probably drawn your attention.

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Winter is coming! How TransLink prepares for wintry weather

Winter officially doesn’t arrive for another month-and-a-half, but at TransLink, customer safety is our number one priority. In anticipation of adverse winter weather conditions, our operating companies have plans in place to ensure service stays as reliable as possible for you.

We work expeditiously before and during winter to ensure our buses — including our trolleybus fleet — and SkyTrain all continue to run smoothly, so that we can get you home safe. But, as you know, sometimes traffic woes and slippery roads mean there are some inadvertent delays.

Read on to find out what this means for your winter commute.

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New bus loop at Joyce-Collingwood Station and more!

The TransLink Maintenance and Repair Program is improving aging infrastructure across the system

Upgrades to Joyce-Collingwood Station are well underway. The new bus loop at Joyce-Collingwood Station is now complete – a milestone in the TransLink Maintenance and Repair Program that’s improving aging infrastructure across the system.

The next phase of construction will start next week, with crews completing necessary upgrade work.

The west stationhouse at Joyce–Collingwood SkyTrain Station will be closed from August 13 until spring 2019 as station improvements continue. During construction, the station will remain open and accessible to all customers.

Where do I catch my bus or SkyTrain?

Two new bus shelters at the Joyce-Collingwood Station – opening August 13.

 

Beginning August 13, customers will use the east stationhouse and newly-constructed bus loop to access SkyTrain and buses.

  • Buses will move to the new bus loop adjacent to the east stationhouse.
  • From August 13 to spring 2019, the west stationhouse will close and customers can catch their bus at the new bus loop adjacent to the east stationhouse.
  • The bus loop has larger shelters and is the new permanent location for the 28 and 41/43 routes.

 

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Modified weekend SkyTrain service at Joyce–Collingwood Station begins June 1

Photo of Joyce–Collingwood Station

SkyTrain service at Joyce–Collingwood Station will be modified on weekends, beginning June 1 and until the fall.

SkyTrain’s Expo Line is more than 30 years old and work is underway across the network as part of the TransLink Maintenance and Repair Program to keep our customers moving.

The platform tiles at Joyce–Collingwood Station have reached the end of their design life, so we’re replacing them as part of the Phase 2 station upgrades! The project is expected to take approximately 16 weeks with work taking place on weekends only.

Starting June 1, the westbound platform (Platform 1 to Waterfront) at Joyce–Collingwood Station will close on weekends from 9 p.m. on Friday until the start of service on Monday so this work can begin.

During work times on weekends, westbound Expo Line service will operate “skip-stop service” through the station. This means trains towards Waterfront from Patterson will skip Joyce–Collingwood and head directly to 29th Avenue Station. Eastbound trains on Platform 2 to King George or Production Way–University will operate normally and stop at Joyce–Collingwood Station.

Customers travelling westbound to and from Joyce–Collingwood Station will need to use Patterson or 29th Avenue Station to access Joyce–Collingwood.

If you’re travelling westbound from Joyce–Collingwood Station towards Waterfront Station, take an eastbound train from Platform 2 to Patterson Station. From there, board a westbound train from Platform 1 to Waterfront.

Skip-stop service westbound from Joyce

If you’re travelling westbound to Joyce–Collingwood Station, your train will skip Joyce–Collingwood and stop at 29th Avenue Station. From there, board an eastbound train from Platform 2 back to the open eastbound platform (Platform 2) at Joyce–Collingwood Station.

Skip-stop service westbound to Joyce

Customers should add 10-15 minutes to their travel time as a result of changes to service. Listen to on-train announcements, follow the signage and ask a SkyTrain Attendant if you need assistance.

Later in the summer, when the work at the westbound platform is complete, the eastbound platform (Platform 2 to King George or Production Way–University) will close on weekends for re-tiling and the Expo Line will operate skip-stop service eastbound through Joyce–Collingwood Station.

Author: Allen Tung

Granville Escalator Replacement Project set to begin on May 26


The escalators at SkyTrain’s Granville Station—the longest in Metro Vancouver—carry 30,000 people per day and have been operating since the Expo Line opened in 1986. That’s more than 30 years!

The time has come for them to be replaced to ensure the escalators are safe and reliable for our customers today and well into the future. That’s why we’re embarking on an ambitious project to replace the six escalators at Granville Station, beginning with the three main escalators on May 26 and continuing for about two years.

The Seymour Street entrance to Granville Station will be closed for the duration of this work in order to ensure the safety of customers and construction crews, and minimize project cost and time. Customers will access the station from the escalators and elevator at the Dunsmuir Street entrance where new fare gates have been installed for the increased passenger volume.

Customers are asked to allow for extra travel time or consider using Burrard or Stadium–Chinatown stations, a five to eight minute walk away. Additional SkyTrain staff will be on site to assist customers.

DID YOU KNOW? ? The escalators at Granville Station are the longest in Metro Vancouver at 115 feet (35 metres) long!

It’s no easy feat as it’s not your typical escalator installation! The confined location of the escalators requires them to be built on-site piece-by-piece.

Escalators typically come prefabricated and can be installed in about six months. However, the length of the escalators at Granville Station (the three main ones are the longest in Metro Vancouver!) and the challenges of bringing large prefabricated pieces into a constrained, underground space means the escalators must be built and assembled on site, and must be adapted to the exiting truss.

The Granville Station Escalator Replacement Project is part of the TransLink Maintenance and Repair Program, our annual investment in repairing, replacing and improving aging infrastructure across the system to keep customers safe, comfortable and moving across a reliable transit network every day.

In total, 37 escalators at 13 SkyTrain stations along the Expo Line and at select West Coast Express stations will be replaced through the Expo Line Escalator Replacement Project, with Granville Station up first. Improvements to the other 12 stations are anticipated to begin rolling out in 2019.

Extensive proactive maintenance is being completed on the three escalators serving the Dunsmuir entrance at Granville Station to reduce the need for unplanned maintenance, and replacement parts have been pre-ordered to allow for faster repairs.

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SeaBus seismic upgrades and terminal renovations begin

Bowinn Ma, Parliamentary Secretary for TransLink, and Hedy Fry, MP for Vancouver–Centre, reveals a sketch of the upgraded Waterfront Road entrance at the SeaBus’s south terminal.

A lot of exciting things are happening with SeaBus!

As part of Phase One of the 10-Year Vision, a new SeaBus is being built and service increased to every 15 minutes all day and every 10 minutes during peak! In Phase Two, which public engagement is underway for, SeaBus service is set to increase so it meets the last Canada Line train.

And beginning today are seismic upgrades and accessibility improvements to Waterfront Station’s SeaBus terminal! It’s all part of the annual TransLink Maintenance and Repair Program, which kicks off for 2018 with this project. The improvements include:

  • Four replacement escalators, one replacement elevator and a new elevator.
  • A new staircase to make it easier to transfer to SkyTrain at Waterfront Station and improve passenger flow during peak times.
  • An extension with a new entrance and Compass Vending Machine for customers accessing SeaBus from HeliJet or Waterfront Road.

DID YOU KNOW?? More than 5.8 million passengers rode the SeaBus in 2017, passing through the terminals at Waterfront Station and Lonsdale Quay!

SeaBus will continue to operate as normal during the upgrades and the terminal will remain fully accessible.

These improvements are made possible through partnership between TransLink and senior levels of government, which includes provincial and federal contributions through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund.

The TransLink Maintenance and Repair Program is our annual investment in repairing, replacing and improving aging infrastructure across the system to keep customers safe, comfortable and moving across a reliable transit network every day.

There are currently 98 active maintenance and repair projects throughout the transit system—this is an investment of $200 million!

Future investments totaling $150 million is also planned as part of this integral long-term initiative to maintain and improve our transit network. Key initiatives include running rail and rail pad replacement, SkyTrain station upgrades, upgrades to the Major Road Network including the rehabilitation of Westham Island Bridge, and bus fleet replacement.

Watch the announcement