All planned projects that expand and upgrade SkyTrain’s Joyce-Collingwood Station in Vancouver have now reached full completion.
TransLink fully reopened the station this morning, after construction came to an end on the second phase of station upgrades, entailing a rebuild of the west side of the station.
The latest project consists of a new and upgraded elevator and escalator, new wayfinding and real-time digital signs, improved lighting, an extended roof, new platform tiling, the replacement of metal mesh paneling with glass panels, new fare gates, a new HandyDART bus shelter, and an improved BC Parkway cycling and pedestrian path.
A new west bus exchange will help accommodate the increased capacity needed to handle the new 41st Avenue B-Line, which will launch in January 2020.
An extensive colourful public art piece wraps around the new west stationhouse; a contemporary mosaic of geometric panels, dubbed ‘Carpeting’ by Renee Van Halm, covers the pavement and walls, and it complements the same artist’s hand-painted art piece in the east stationhouse.
“We’d like to thank our customers for their patience, I’m sure they’ll find these important improvements well worth the wait,” said TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond in a statement. “Joyce–Collingwood commuters will benefit from more station capacity, greater accessibility, and a better overall experience at one of our busiest transit hubs.”
In the fall of 2017, TransLink completed a renovation and expansion of the east stationhouse, including a new entrance with a new elevator and up-and-down escalators, expanded concourse areas, new secure bike parkade, new retail space, brighter lighting, and a new east bus exchange.
The first phase of upgrades at Joyce-Collingwood Station for the east stationhouse cost $27 million, and the recently-completed second phase for the west stationhouse cost $19 million, bringing the station’s total upgrade cost to $46 million. The federal government, provincial government, and TransLink covered the costs of both construction phases.
This station is the 10th busiest on the entire SkyTrain system, and it currently sees about 14,700 boardings per weekday.
While the west side of the station will reopen today, the bus loop around the new west stationhouse will not open until June 24, coinciding with the summer bus service changes.