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Expo Line Escalator Replacement Project

Illustration of people using an escalator at a SkyTrain station

TransLink is replacing 37 escalators at 13 SkyTrain Stations along the Expo Line and at select West Coast Express stations as part of the TransLink Maintenance and Repair Program. This critical investment into the system will keep escalators operating safely and reliable for customers well into the future.

The escalators were installed at a time when there were significantly lower passenger volumes than today. Expo Line traffic is now four times what it was 30 years ago.

Granville Station will be the first to see improvements, with a total of six escalators being replaced. Construction will start with the three main escalators beginning this spring and continuing for an estimated two years.

Improvements to the other 12 stations are anticipated to begin rolling out in 2019. Details will be available well in advance of the start of construction.

Customers are encouraged to visit our Alerts page for information on service impacts.


Granville Station



What we're doing:

As part of the TransLink Maintenance and Repair Program, six escalators at Granville Station are being replaced. Construction will begin with the three main escalators.

The three main escalators at Granville Station are the longest on the system. Replacing these escalators is a complicated process requiring the new escalators be built piece-by-piece on site.

When: May 26, 2018 to spring 2020

What you need to know:

  • The Seymour Street entrance to Granville Station is closed until spring 2020. Customers can access the station from the escalators and elevator at the Dunsmuir Street entrance.
  • Customers can still enter from Granville Street, but will be directed to the Dunsmuir entrance via the Hudson Mall pathway.
  • Every effort is being made to keep the station open for customers, but we do expect there to be disruptions.
  • Customers should allow for extra travel time, or consider using Burrard Station or Stadium-Chinatown Station – a five to eight minute walk away.


From October 2019 until March 2020, we’ll be working to replace two escalators along the corridor between the Granville Street station entrance and the Hudson’s Bay Company entrance, Foodwares Market, and Starbucks.

  • The staircase beside the escalators will be available at all times for access to shopping.
  • Customers who require an escalator or elevator to access Foodwares Market or Starbucks can do so through the Hudson’s Bay Company using their store elevator to travel down.
  • We apologize for the inconvenience while we make these necessary upgrades.

We thank our passengers for their patience while we complete this important project.

Through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund, the Government of Canada, Government of B.C and region are investing $14.52 million in our transit network to improve escalator reliability at Granville SkyTrain Station for customers.

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