Construction to begin this year on new Richmond-Brighouse Station bus loop

Jun 25 2019, 11:19 pm

Ten years after the completion and opening of the Canada Line, a purpose-built new bus exchange is finally set to be constructed for Richmond-Brighouse Station.

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TransLink told Daily Hive in an email that construction on the new bus exchange is scheduled to begin in fall 2019 and should take about five months to build at a cost of $7.5 million.

It will be located between No. 3 Road and Buswell Street, immediately south of the Mandarin Residences building with Scotiabank and the recently approved The Paramount — a significant four-building redevelopment with 30,000 sq. ft. retail and restaurant spaces on the ground level, 104,000 sq. ft. of office space, and about 560 homes.

Site of the future bus transit mall immediately south of Richmond-Brighouse Station. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

There will be enhanced lighting, bus shelters for all loading bays, comfortable and spacious waiting areas with ample seating, and bike lockers.

Some changes will also occur on No. 3 Road, including a new intersection to provide an entrance for buses into the exchange and new crosswalks reaching the CF Richmond Centre side of the street.

Richmond-Brighouse Station bus exchange

2019 artistic rendering of the new Richmond-Brighouse Station bus exchange. (TransLink)

The Paramount 6340 No. 3 Road Richmond

Artistic rendering of The Paramount at 6340 No. 3 Road in Richmond, located immediately south of the site of the new Richmond-Brighouse Station bus exchange. (GBL Architects / Keltic Canada Development)

A bus mall concept for the exchange, closer to a new public street with pedestrian integration, was previously stated by the municipal government as the preferred concept.

Bus bays for the various bus routes that directly serve Richmond-Brighouse Station are currently scattered on surrounding streets around the station, and some of the bays are 300 metres away from the station entrance and require crossing No. 3 Road.

By centralizing all 13 bus routes into the new bus exchange, passengers will be able to smoothly transition from bus to SkyTrain.

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 in 2021.

The bus exchange was first envisioned during the Canada Line’s planning process in the middle of the 2000s.

TransLink Richmond-Brighouse Station bus bays

Map of the locations of the existing bus bays serving Richmond-Brighouse Station. (TransLink)

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