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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 started with the three main escalators beginning in spring 2018 and is expected to be completed in spring 2020.

Improvements to the other 12 stations began at Commercial–Broadway in late 2019 with more upgrades to follow in the coming years.

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


The three main escalators at Granville Station are the longest on the system. Replacing these escalators is a complicated process requiring the new escalators to be built piece-by-piece on site. The three other escalators at Granville Station also began construction in late 2019.

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.

We’re also 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 need to be closed due to construction, but customers can access those stores via Top Shop. Directional signs will be placed in the construction area.
  • 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.

The two escalators in the south stationhouse began construction in December 2019.

What you need to know:

  • Customers can still use the other escalator, elevator or stairs in the south stationhouse closer to 10th Avenue for access to platforms 3 and 4.
  • We expect the escalator replacement to take approximately six months to complete.

We thank customers for their patience while we work to improve their experience on our transit system.

The program is primarily funded through TransLink’s capital funding. Through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund, the Government of Canada, Government of B.C and region invested $14.5 million specifically for the upgrades to six escalators at Granville SkyTrain Station.

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