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TransLink considers a 15-month closure of Metrotown SkyTrain Station

By DH Vancouver Staff, DH Vancouver Staff Dec 08, 2012 1:30 pm

TransLink is considering a 15-month renovation project at the second-busiest SkyTrain Station in the Lower Mainland.

15-month renovation project

TransLink is considering closing Metrotown SkyTrain Station for a 15-month renovation project starting in 2014, because the station is due for an upgrade. The renovation is going to be a big project, and the options under consideration are the 15-month renovation project or one that would involve 28 months of construction. This is the cheaper option; however, Burnaby’s Mayor, Derek Corrigan, says the cheaper alternative may not be the better choice.

“I think our community is going to react fairly negatively to that kind of impact on a transit station that is taking the most passengers in our city,” Corrigan states.

TransLink employee Jennifer Siddon says no final decision has been made about the renovation project.

Siddon says, ” We are just beginning the discussions with our stakeholders, including the City of Burnaby about how best to proceed with this important upgrade project.”

She says safety during the upgrades will be TransLink’s top priority.

If the renovations go ahead and Metrotown Skytrain Station is closed, a temporary station would be built nearby.

Image Credit: News1130

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