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    As Metro Vancouver’s transportation authority, TransLink holds land assets and rights throughout our region.

    TransLink’s Real Estate division is responsible for acquiring, managing, and disposing of the enterprise’s properties in a manner that optimizes revenue, reduces capital and operating costs, and furthers our long-term goals for transportation infrastructure, sustainability, and a healthy environment.

    The Real Estate division at TransLink oversees the following:

    • Land acquisition for transit infrastructure development including expropriations

    • Lease and tenant management

    • Property and asset management

    • Statutory Right of Way (SRW) management and enforcement

    • Disposal of surplus properties

    • Acquisition of strategic real estate assets

    • Integrated developments

    • Adjacent developments

    • Portfolio management and strategy

    • Station retail management

    • Park and Ride facilities management

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    Adjacent and Integrated Developments

    In recent years, there has been an increase in high-density and mixed-use real estate developments near key transit stops and stations in Metro Vancouver.

    TransLink fully supports the development of transit-oriented communities, which encourage people to drive less and promote walking, cycling, and taking transit.

    Are you a developer planning a real estate project near a transit stop or station? Do you wish to integrate your development with TransLink's assets? Is your project adjacent to transit infrastructure? If so, please explore the sections below or email us today at

    Developers and project owners interested in building in proximity to transit infrastructure, or integrating into any transit assets, will require TransLink's acceptance.

    Our review and acceptance generally extend 10 metres or more from transit infrastructure. This applies to, but not limited to:

    • Any work that would impinge upon the transit statutory right of way and/or transit operations

    • Crane swings

    • Soil anchors and underpinning

    • Potential settlement from development and site preparations, such as preloading, dewatering and densification

    • Shoring

    • Structures with opening windows above and next to the guideway or station

    • Vibration from neighbouring development

    • Construction debris

    • Hazardous materials

    • Any form of physical connection to the transit infrastructure or relocation of transit infrastructure or connections

    Learn more about our SkyTrain Limits of Approach

    Developments and constructions near transit infrastructure are subject to our review and may require to go through the Adjacent and Integrated Developments (AID) Consent Process.

    Here’s what to expect from our process:

    1. The developer or project owner presents a project overview to TransLink

    2. TransLink issues and executes a Support Agreement

    3. Developer or project owner provides a letter of credit for TransLink costs

    4. TransLink conducts detailed project review

    5. TransLink and the developer or project owner agree to mitigation and/or monitoring plan

    6. Detailed AID agreement(s) is drafted and executed

    7. Ongoing project monitoring and due diligence until the project is complete

    As part of the project review and acceptance process, the developer or project owner and TransLink will enter into a support agreement, which outlines the terms and conditions through which TransLink would work with the developer or project owner to assess potential interfaces and impacts of the project to transit infrastructure. See our sample Support Agreement.

    The final agreements will be tailored to suit project-specific conditions and requirements. Projects requiring the use of crane equipment will need to enter into a Crane Overswing Agreement with TransLink if the crane swing passes over the air space of transit facilities, infrastructure, or operations. See our sample Crane Overswing Agreement.

    AID Request Form

    If your proposed project is in proximity to TransLink’s infrastructure or would integrate into any transit assets, please complete the AID Request Form.

    You can also learn more by reviewing our Guide for Project Owners.

    Working Near Trolley Overhead Lines

    Effective Jan. 1, 2021, the TOH Agreement one-time admin fee will be increased to $4,350.00 + GST. Any new requests received as of this date will be subject to the new fee.
    Last updated on Dec. 21, 2020.

    We aim to ensure a safe, cost-effective, and reliable transit network. In recent years, we have seen an increase in development near trolley overhead (TOH) infrastructure. The TOH Adjacent Works Program responds to requests for building near TOH lines, using proven construction and management standards for third-party projects near TOH infrastructure.

    These standards ensure that all construction activity is safe for our customers, employees, and the transit system. It also ensures that any costs for repairs caused by damages due to unsafe construction practices are not passed on to TransLink and taxpayers.

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