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SeaBus seismic upgrades and terminal renovations begin

May 04, 2018

VANCOUVER, BC — Today, TransLink announced the start of seismic upgrades and accessibility improvements at the Waterfront Station SeaBus terminal.

The project kicks off this year’s TransLink Maintenance and Repair Program, TransLink’s annual investment in repairing, replacing and improving aging infrastructure across the system to keep customers safe, comfortable and moving across a reliable transit network every day.

The SeaBus terminal was built in 1976. In 2017 alone, 5.84 million passengers passed through on their travels between downtown Vancouver and the North Shore – a 7.3 per cent increase over 2016.

Improvements for the SeaBus Waterfront Terminal include:

  • Four replacement escalators, one replacement elevator and a new elevator.
  • A new staircase to make it easier to transfer to SkyTrain at Waterfront Station and improve passenger flow during peak times.
  • An extension with a new entrance and Compass Vending Machine for customers accessing SeaBus from HeliJet or Waterfront Road.

These improvements are made possible through partnership between TransLink and senior levels of government, which includes provincial and federal contributions through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund. SeaBus will continue to operate as normal during the upgrades and the terminal will remain fully accessible.

There are currently 98 active maintenance and repair projects throughout the transit system; this is an investment of $200 million. A $150 million in future investments are also planned as part of this integral long-term initiative to maintain and improve our transit network. Key initiatives include running rail and rail pad replacement, SkyTrain station upgrades, upgrades to the Major Road Network including the rehabilitation of Westham Island Bridge, and bus fleet replacement.


Kevin Desmond, CEO, TransLink -

“Our system is aging and it is absolutely imperative that we make significant investments in maintaining a state of good repair. These upgrades to the SeaBus terminal will provide a much needed refresh that will improve safety and accessibility for the more than 17,000 people who ride SeaBus each day.”

Hedy Fry, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Centre, on behalf of The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities -

“The Government of Canada is proud to be supporting these crucial upgrades to the Translink system. This work will ensure that residents of Metro and North Vancouver can move safely and comfortably throughout their daily commutes. It is these types of key investments in the infrastructure that Canadians rely on every day that will contribute to building more inclusive and sustainable communities and a stronger middle class.”

Bowinn Ma, Parliamentary Secretary for TransLink -

“TransLink provides an invaluable service to the people of Metro Vancouver, and I know this program will go a long way in ensuring customers can expect a safe, comfortable and reliable experience while travelling on our transportation network. As Metro Vancouver continues to grow, so must its transit services, which is why our government remains committed to funding 40% of the capital costs of the Mayors’ 10-Year Vision.”

Richard Walton, Mayor, District of North Vancouver -

“It is great to see all levels of government working together funding TransLink’s ongoing Maintenance and Repair program. This is crucial to ensure that transit is as reliable as possible for the people who rely on it. Upgrades to the SeaBus terminal will be a welcome improvement to many North Vancouver residents, and we look forward to the Phibbs Exchange and Lonsdale Quay future upgrades as part of this program.”

Patrick Stafford-Smith, CEO & Chief Development Officer, North Vancouver Chamber -

“We’re encouraged to see the focus and investment that TransLink is making in maintenance and enhancements to provide more reliable and accessible transit. 

We firmly believe that increased investment in dependable transit supports the entire economy – giving both employees and businesses the confidence that they can get to work on time.”

Backgrounder: TransLink Maintenance and Repair Program 

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