The brand new Richmond-Brighouse Station bus exchange will see a partial opening on Monday, October 19, 2020, when two bus routes will begin using the facility.
TransLink told Daily Hive Urbanized on Thursday routes 406 Brighouse Station/Steveston and 408 Brighouse/Ironwood/Riverport will be the first services to use the bus exchange.
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Then in a few weeks when the facility officially opens, routes 402 Two Road/Brighouse Station, 404 Four Road/Brighouse Station, 414 Richmond Oval/Brighouse Station, and the N10 Downtown/Richmond NightBus will be relocated to the bus loop as well.
This new bus exchange conveniently centralizes the bus stops of several routes currently scattered on surrounding streets around the SkyTrain station.
The facility is located immediately south of the Canada Line station entrance — on a new roadway located between No. 3 Road and Buswell Street.
It includes enhanced lighting, bus shelters for all loading bays, comfortable and spacious waiting areas with ample seating, and bike lockers.
A new intersection has been opened up on the No. 3 Road median (previously closed by planters) to provide an entrance for buses into the exchange, and there are new crosswalks reaching the CF Richmond Centre side of the street.
The long-awaited bus exchange, built at a cost of $7.5 million, was first envisioned during the Canada Line’s planning process in the middle of the 2000s. Construction reached completion earlier this year, but the opening was delayed due to the required construction work of the adjacent The Paramount redevelopment.
It will also provide ample additional capacity for future bus service expansion, including the launch of a new B-Line rapid bus route from Richmond-Brighouse Station to Metrotown Station later this decade.
The recently-built Mandarin Residences building with Scotiabank fronts the bus exchange to the north, while the The Paramount fronting the south is scheduled for completion in 2022. The four-building redevelopment includes 30,000 sq. ft. of retail and restaurant spaces, 104,000 sq. ft. of office space, and about 560 homes.
The redevelopment’s ground-level retail spaces will help activate the bus exchange’s public realm.