Beginning on Saturday, February 2, tens of thousands of people who stream through SkyTrain’s Commercial-Broadway Station on a daily basis will be using the transit hub in a whole new way, as the new fifth additional platform is set to officially open for regular operations.
The new platform built on an expropriated portion of the adjacent Safeway store provides the Expo Line’s inbound direction with an additional platform.
This platform design allows trains heading towards downtown Vancouver to open doors on both sides of the car, which effectively provides the station with significantly more capacity to handle and circulate growing passenger volumes.
Passengers will have the option of boarding and exiting from the new platform, which includes new vertical circulation reaching the ground level of the south side of Broadway and a new secondary pedestrian overpass reaching the Millennium Line platforms on the other side of the street.
The south side of Broadway will have two escalators, one elevator, and a staircase, while the north side — beyond the new overhead walkway — will also have two escalators, one elevator, and a staircase.
Other upgrades include a significantly widened overhead walkway over the Grandview Cut to the Millennium Line platforms, expanded concourse areas, new in-station retail spaces, replacement of old metal mesh panels with glass panels, improved lighting, and a new major secure bike parkade with a capacity to hold over 70 bikes.
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