News Release Article from  Transport Canada

Major upgrades begin at Joyce-Collingwood SkyTrain Station

February 5, 2016 – Vancouver, British Colombia

The Government of Canada, the B.C. government and TransLink are celebrating the start of construction for upgrades to the Joyce-Collingwood SkyTrain Station to improve accessibility, capacity, safety and security.

The $26-million Joyce-Collingwood Station upgrade is being funded by the Government of Canada (contributing $5.8-million through the Building Canada Fund), the B.C. government (contributing $11.6-million), and TransLink (contributing $8.6-million). Construction began earlier this month, and the upgrades are expected to be complete by fall 2017.

The upgrades include a new elevator and escalators in the east stationhouse, improved station design with better lighting and visibility, and better integration with the surrounding community. The improvements will update the station to meet modern accessibility standards, improve the transfer experience for passengers arriving by bus, and increase the capacity of the Expo Line.

Quick Facts

  • Joyce-Collingwood Station serves 30,000 SkyTrain trips and 12,000 bus trips per day, making it the fourth busiest Expo Line Station outside of downtown Vancouver. This station serves a high-density community and is an important bus transfer location. As the number of passengers using the station grows, upgrades are needed to increase passenger capacity and improve accessibility.
  • In addition, Main Street-Science World SkyTrain Station, the oldest station on TransLink’s rapid transit system, has received a $36.9-million renovation, and has been serving rapid transit customers since project completion in August 2015. The Government of Canada contributed $7-million, the B.C. government contributed $14-million and TransLink contributed $15.9-million towards the project.
  • Main Street-Science World Station is the second of seven stations on the Expo Line to be upgraded by TransLink with funding from the federal and provincial governments. The renovations include new escalators, elevators and stairs, the newly opened west station entrance, an expanded east stationhouse and bike parkade. The upgrades improve capacity, safety and accessibility, and will help the rapid transit system meet the needs of passengers and the region for years to come.

Quotes

"We are pleased to invest in these important upgrades to the Joyce-Collingwood SkyTrain Station. Safe and reliable public transit builds stronger communities by connecting people to their places of work, school and home. Working with our partners, we are helping to increase public transit use which will reduce gridlock and improve air quality across the region."
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi
Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

"Joyce-Collingwood Station is a busy SkyTrain station, and it’s in need of some safety and capacity upgrades to better serve this growing community. These improvements will expand and modernize the station, boosting safety and accessibility and opening it up to serve more SkyTrain customers in the future."
Todd Stone
B.C. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure

"Improvements at this busy station are needed to make it more accessible and safer for the thousands of customers who use it each day. We thank our passengers for their patience while we upgrade these Expo Line stations that are now 30 years old."
Don Rose
Chair of TransLink’s Board of Directors

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Contacts

Office of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi
Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa
613-991-0947

Media Relations
Government Communications and Public Engagement
B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
250-356-8241

Media Relations 
Transport Canada, Ottawa
613-993-0055

TransLink Media Relations
778-375-7788
media@translink.ca

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