Metro Vancouver’s busiest transit hub is about to become a whole lot busier with renovations to improve and expand the station finally set to get underway.
Construction at Commercial-Broadway Station is scheduled to begin later this spring to address the station’s major foot traffic choke points and increase the capacity of the station.
The station struggles to handle its existing foot traffic volumes of 90,000 train trips and 60,000 bus trips, and this is expected to increase by 25 per cent in 2016 when the SkyTrain Evergreen Line opens for service.
According to TransLink, the upgrades will occur over three construction phases ending in the spring of 2017, with improvements slated to include:
There will be some disruptions to allow for construction to occur. During certain periods from Spring 2015 to Spring 2017, passengers can expect:
The impact from construction at Commercial-Broadway Station should be less disruptive than the ongoing work at Main Street-Science World and Metrotown stations. Upgrades at Main Street-Science World are nearing an end to the extent that the West entrance to the station should reopen by early-summer.
Funding for the $60-million Commercial Drive-Broadway Station upgrade and six other station upgrade projects have been approved as a part of TransLink’s 2014 Base Plan. TransLink will cover 41 per cent of the Commercial-Broadway Station upgrade costs while the provincial government will contribute 39 per cent and the federal government with the remaining 20 per cent.
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