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Complete redesign planned for Nanaimo Station bus loop

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Kenneth Chan Sep 13, 2018 5:44 pm 2,912

Major changes are planned for the bus exchange at SkyTrain’s Nanaimo Station in East Vancouver.

TransLink is proposing to demolish the existing bus loop and reconfigure it with a new design that places the northbound No. 25 bus stop on Nanaimo Street and the southbound No. 25 and No. 7 bus stops within a redesigned inner loop on the edge with 24th Avenue.

Before

Nanaimo Station bus exchange

The existing Nanaimo Station bus exchange. (Google Maps)

After

Nanaimo Station bus exchange

Artistic rendering of the new Nanaimo Station bus exchange. (Office of McFarlane Biggar Architects + Designers Inc. / TransLink)

There will be a reconstruction of the area, with new hard and soft areas, drive aisles, paving, bus shelters, light fixtures, seating, bike racks, ticket kiosk, and trees. An existing retail kiosk at the bus loop will be relocated and improved.

Before

Nanaimo Station bus exchange

The existing Nanaimo Station bus exchange. (Google Maps)

After

Nanaimo Station bus exchange

Artistic rendering of the new Nanaimo Station bus exchange. (Office of McFarlane Biggar Architects + Designers Inc. / TransLink)

According to the public transit authority, the bus loop’s existing bus bays are located in close proximity to the station entrance and fare gates, which constrain the circulation of passenger movement at peak times when there are long lines.

This project does not incorporate any improvements to the SkyTrain station structure itself.

Data provided by the public transit authority indicates Nanaimo Station has 4,600 bus boardings and 6,700 train boardings per weekday.

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Kenneth Chan
National Features Editor at Daily Hive, the evolution of Vancity Buzz. He covers local architecture, urban issues, politics, business, retail, economic development, transportation and infrastructure, and the travel industry. Kenneth is also a Co-Founder of New Year's Eve Vancouver. Connect with him at kenneth[at]dailyhive.com
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