Joyce-Collingwood Station on SkyTrain’s Expo Line has received a contemporary aesthetic makeover and improvements to the station’s circulation flow and capacity.
TransLink has completed an extensive renovation and expansion of the east stationhouse, which includes a new entrance with a new elevator, up-and-down escalators, expanded concourse areas, a secure bike parkade, and a retail space.
Other new features include the installation of new brighter lighting, the replacement of mesh metal panels with clear glass paneling to improve safety and visibility, and a stain glass public art piece.
The project cost $27 million, with the provincial government providing $11.5 million, the federal government contributing $5.7 million, and TransLink with the remainder.
“We are pleased to reach this milestone and I want to thank our customers and neighbours for their patience as we made these much-needed improvements to the Joyce-Collingwood SkyTrain Station,” said TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond in a statement.
“This is a great example of all levels of government coming together to invest in infrastructure so we can meet the growing demand and shape the future of transit in the region.”
Joyce-Collingwood Station sees an average of 13,800 weekday entries, making it the 11th busiest SkyTrain station. Ridership at the station is set to increase from the planned densification of the neighbourhood and the launch of new and improved bus services, particularly the new B-Line service in 2019 between UBC and the station.
A second phase of Joyce-Collingwood Station improvements starting in November will improve the west entrance of the station and east bus loop.
The improvements are all part of TransLink’s long-term strategy of retrofitting the Expo Line stations to increase capacity and improve passenger comfort.
Other ongoing renovations include the $60-million renovation of Commercial-Broadway Station consisting of a new fourth platform and Broadway pedestrian overpass, the $55.5-million rebuild of Metrotown Station with a new roof and entrances, and the $25-million retrofit of Surrey Central Station to increase its accessibility.