Now that the project to extend SkyTrain’s Millennium Line to Arbutus Street is deep in the advanced planning stage, the exact locations of the entrances for the six stations have been made public.
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The $2.8-billion, 5.7-km-long extension will be a seamless westward extension of the Millennium Line from VCC-Clark Station.
While the general area of each of the six stations — located at major points of interest and intersections — have been known for quite some time, the exact locations of the station entrances were unknown and subject to much speculation.
Here are the confirmed subway station entrance locations, according to a provincial government release issued today:
Great Northern Way Station
Great Northern Way Station’s entrance will be on the east side of Thornton Street, just north of Great Northern Way. This station creates better access to Emily Carr University of Art and Design’s Great Northern Way Campus and the emerging creative economy hub in the False Creek Flats.
Mount Pleasant Station
Mount Pleasant Station’s entrance will be at the southwest corner of the intersection of Broadway and Main Street, for connectivity to the growing business and residential community in Mount Pleasant.
Broadway-City Hall Station’s entrance will use the existing entrance to the Canada Line at the southeast corner of the intersection of Broadway and Cambie Street to ensure a convenient, direct underground connection between platforms of the Millennium Line and Canada Line.
Fairview-VGH Station’s entrance will be on the southwest corner of Broadway and Laurel Street, near Oak Street. This location will provide better access to Vancouver General Hospital and the rest of the medical district.
It will replace existing low-rise commercial buildings.
South Granville Station
South Granville Station’s entrance will be on the northeast corner of Broadway and Granville Street near the South Granville, Burrard Slopes, and Granville Island neighbourhoods.
The entrance will integrated into a mixed-use redevelopment of the corner lot, currently occupied by a four-storey commercial building.
Arbutus Station’s entrance will be on the northeast corner of Broadway and Arbutus Street. This station and a new bus loop will connect passengers destined for the University of British Columbia (UBC), with 99 B-Line bus service between Arbutus and UBC. It will also connect with the Arbutus Greenway.
This entrance and bus loop facility will replace the existing Rogers retail building, and develop an adjacent vacant property to the north. Both of these sites are owned by the City of Vancouver.
As for the station names, these are the interim names of the stations — they are not considered confirmed.
There will be a short 750-metre-long segment of elevated track west of the VCC-Clark Station, before the track transitions into a tunnel as it arrives at Great Northern Way Station.
The tunnel will be completely bored, with the Great Northern Way Station pit doubling as the staging area for the tunnel boring machines.
Construction is set to begin by late 2020 for an opening in 2025. Further design details will be made public next year, after the provincial government selects and announces its contractor for the project.
Three consortiums have been shortlisted by the provincial government to participate in the request for proposals bidding process: Acciona-Ghella Joint Venture (Acciona Infrastructure, Ghella Canada), IBI Groupo, DIALOG), Broadway Connect (Dragados Canada, Aecon Infrastructure, ACS Infrastructure, Aecon Concessions), and Urban Transit (Salini-Impregilo, Astaldi Canada Design & Construction, Kasian Architecture).
Urban Transit replaced a consortium led by SNC-Lavalin earlier this month, after the embattled Quebec engineering giant withdrew from the bidding process for both the Broadway Extension and the new Pattullo Bridge.