TransLink is warning passengers using SkyTrain’s Joyce-Collingwood Station to expect delays over 16 consecutive weekends – right through the end of September.
Renovations at the station to replace platform floor tiles will begin on the evening of Friday, June 1, and this work necessitates the complete closure of the westbound platform, which is Joyce-Collingwood Station’s Platform 1 towards Waterfront Station.
There will be a different form of “single-tracking” operations at this station, with westbound stations skipping Joyce-Collingwood Station for the first eight weekends. This means trains will not stop at the station, and travel straight to 29th Avenue Station.
However, eastbound trains towards King George Station or Production Way-University Station will still operate normally and stop at Platform 2 of Joyce-Collingwood Station.
This operating pattern will be in effect each weekend until further notice from 9 pm on Friday to the start of service on Monday morning, and passengers are being asked to allow for 10 to 15 minutes in extra travel time if they are using the station. The only exception will be Canada Day service and the nights of the Honda Celebration of Light fireworks due to the anticipated surge in passenger volumes.
After the first eight weekends, work will transition to the eastbound platform, resulting in its closure for another eight weekends.
Tile replacements are necessary from the heavy wear and tear of foot traffic over the past 30 years and are part of the station’s overall upgrades.
Some passengers using transit will have to take detours to adjacent stations to reach Joyce-Collingwood Station. On-train voice announcements, directional signage, and SkyTrain attendants will be on hand to provide guidance.
Travelling westbound from Joyce-Collingwood Station:
For those transferring from a bus and travelling westbound from Joyce-Collingwood Station, passengers must first take an eastbound train to Patterson Station – one station east – and then switch to a westbound train bound for Waterfront Station.
Reaching Joyce-Collingwood Station from a westbound train:
As for passengers travelling westbound to Joyce-Collingwood Station, the train will bypass this station and stop at 29th Avenue Station instead – one station west. From 29th Avenue Station, passengers must take an eastbound train towards King George Station or Production-University Station to reach Joyce-Collingwood Station.
Reversal of platform closures mid-summer:
The retiling renovation on the westbound platform is anticipated to reach completion after the first eight weekends of work.
At that point, the westbound platform will fully reopen, westbound trains will stop at the station, and the eastbound platform (Platform 2, the eastbound platform towards King George Station and Production Way-University Station) will close on weekends for the commencement of the second-half of the retiling project.
When this switch occurs mid-summer, eastbound trains will skip Joyce-Collingwood Station and a different set of detours will be in effect.
This renovation project is part of TransLink’s extensive $200-million Maintenance and Repair Program, which includes escalator replacements at 13 of the original SkyTrain stations, bus loop upgrades, bus fleet replacements, trolley overhead hanger replacements, Expo Line rail replacements and station upgrades, and SeaBus terminal renovations.
The upgrades at Joyce-Collingwood Station are the station’s latest upgrades. Last fall, construction reached completion on the station’s $27-million phase one upgrade entailing a major renovation and expansion of the east stationhouse. Improvements included a new entrance with a new elevator, up-and-down escalators, expanded concourse areas, a secure bike parkade, and a retail space.
The second phase of station upgrades began earlier this year. It consists of a new bus pick-up areas next to the east stationhouse with a larger waiting space and bus shelters, upgrades to the current bus exchange next to the west stationhouse to accommodate the future 41st Avenue B-Line, an extended roof, replacement of the west stationhouse’s existing elevator and escalator, and improved overall station design and lighting throughout the west stationhouse.
The new platform tiling is part of the station’s phase two upgrades.