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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 was 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.

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.

We're replacing your escalator at Columbia Station with a brand new model!

what you need to know:

  • Customers can still use the stairs or elevators at the station to access platform level and the station remains fully accessible.
  • Work should take about six months to complete.

Thank you for your patience as we work to improve your transit experience.

We’re replacing all five original escalators at Waterfront’s SkyTrain Station with brand-new models! This includes:

  • Two escalators (one up, one down) at the east end of the Expo Line platform
  • Two escalators (one up, one down) at the Howe Street station entrance.
  • One (up) escalator between the Expo Line platform and Howe Street escalators.

In April 2020, we began work on one of the two escalators at the Howe Street station entrance. From May until fall 2020, we’ll also be working to replace the two busiest escalators at the station at the east end of the Expo Line platform, near the Cordova street fare gates.

What you need to know:

From May 11 until fall 2020, we’ll be working to replace the two east escalators, leading from the Cordova Street fare gates down to the Expo Line platform.

  • During construction, customers can still use the staircase to travel down to platform level. However, in order to maintain physical distancing requirements, customers will not be able to use the staircase to exit to Cordova Street or transfer to Canada Line, SeaBus, or West Coast Express.
  • The elevator will be reserved and those who need it will be able to use it as normal and SkyTrain attendants will be present to assist customers to the elevator.

Customers need exit via Howe Street near Canada Place. To transfer from Expo Line to Canada Line, SeaBus, or West Coast Express, customers should give themselves five to 10 minutes to re-enter the station from Cordova Street.

  • Please follow directional signs posted on-site or ask transit staff for assistance.

Map of the Cordova Street Walking Route

Cordova Street Walking Route

During this time, access points for Expo Line may be more crowded than usual. Please be patient and maintain two metres physical distance from other customers while using the transit system. We’re expediting this work while ridership is low to limit the number of people impacted as much as possible. Completing critical maintenance and repair work now will prepare our system for when ridership begins to return to normal levels.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience while we continue to improve your transit network. This critical work will keep your escalators operating safely and reliably for years to come.

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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