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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

    • Telecom wireless site licensing

    • Fibre optic licensing



    Retail Opportunities

    Whether you’re looking to start a new business or find opportunities to expand your current business venture, our retail spaces will get you front and center with transit riders at high traffic urban hubs. Fill out the form below to find out how to partner with us and join some of the most recognized retailers on our transit network.


    TransLink Telecom Program

    TransLink’s wireless program provides a unique opportunity for telecommunications companies to install wireless technology on TransLink’s property or assets. In doing so, wireless providers can expand their capacity to meet growing demand throughout Metro Vancouver.

    Wireless technology can be installed on SkyTrain rooftops, guideways, tunnels, or at over 38 stations throughout our SkyTrain network, which spans 60 kilometres throughout seven different municipalities. Other assets of interest include light poles at stations, bus loops, trolley poles, buses, SeaBus vessels, and other transit centres or terminals.

    Wireless Program Inquiry Form

    Is your organization interested in wireless installations on TransLink property? If so, please fill out the form below.

    In addition to its wireless program, TransLink also operates a fibre optic internet program, which offers licensed use of dark fibre to organizations in Metro Vancouver looking to increase their internet bandwidth capacity and data transfer speeds.

    Companies can use the fibre to function as a backbone circuit to connect isolated cell sites, or as a secure and reliable redundant path.

    TransLink’s dark fibre, which is installed within the SkyTrain guideway and can break out at each SkyTrain station, is unique in its offering due the geographical reach. The dark fibre spans 26 kilometres along the Expo Line from Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver to King George Station in Surrey and 11 kilometres along the Evergreen Extension from Lougheed Town Centre Station to Lafarge Lake–Douglas Station in Coquitlam.

     

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    Fibre Program Inquiry Form

    Is your organization interested in a dark fibre path along the SkyTrain route? If so, fill out the form below.


    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 aidreview@translink.ca.



    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.

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

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

    AID Request Form


    Working Near Trolley Overhead Lines

    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.



    If your project is located around trolley overhead infrastructure, please complete the TOH Request Form below, or contact us at tohreview@translink.ca for more information.


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