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Capstan Station


About the Project

Capstan Station will be a new Canada Line station in the City of Richmond, built in the area of No. 3 Road and Capstan Way. It will be located between the existing Bridgeport and Aberdeen stations.

On the average weekday in 2019, there were more than 37,000 customers riding the Canada Line between those two stations.

The station is being built to support the growing development in the area and to provide customers with convenient access to the SkyTrain network. This exciting project will deliver a safe, efficient, and environmentally sustainable transportation option for the Capstan Village area, which projects up to 16,000 residents once nearby developments are completed.

TransLink has worked closely with the City of Richmond to advance our design work. The station will be integrated with the nearby roads and buildings, and will meet the City’s objectives for the area, such as developing connected, transit-oriented neighbourhoods. 


Map of the future Capstan Station on Canada Line

Public engagement (Nov. 16 to 23, 2020)

  • Share project status update and include illustrations of different views of the station.

  • TransLink has concluded this engagement.

Construction start (spring 2021)

  • Some early work construction to prepare the site will begin in spring. 

Station design completion (summer 2021)

  • The full station design is expected to complete in early summer.

Substantial completion (late 2022)

  • Construction of the new station is expected to be substantially complete by the end of 2022.

Station in service (early 2023)

  • The station is expected to be open to customers early in 2023.

In 2012, the Capstan Station Funding Agreement was signed between the City of Richmond and TransLink to plan for the construction of the Capstan Station on Canada Line. This was a unique funding arrangement through which the City collected funds from developers in the area in exchange for density bonuses to help raise the necessary money for the project. This was an innovative approach to building projects and delivering an improved customer service, while lessening the burden on taxpayers.

In late 2017, the City of Richmond had raised the necessary funds for TransLink to begin work on a concept design for the station.

In December 2019, TransLink and the City agreed to the design concept. TransLink has since been working collaboratively with the City and other stakeholders to progress the design and ensure it meets the City’s objective of a connected, liveable neighbourhood.

From Nov. 16 to 23, 2020, we held a virtual open house to share the station design concept and to ask for public feedback on the design. The feedback will be reviewed by the project team and taken into consideration as the design work progresses. Thank you to everyone who took the time to share their input.

Although the engagement period is now closed, please feel free to view the Engagement Boards to learn more about the project.

If you have any questions about the project, please email capstan@translink.ca.

We expect to complete the full station design by summer 2021.

We expect to start construction in spring 2021. Early indications are that the station will be substantially complete by the end of 2022 and open to customers in early 2023.

The work may require changes to vehicle, pedestrian, and cyclist movement through the area to ensure public safety. Any potential impacts will be communicated in advance. TransLink is committed to working with our construction partners and the City of Richmond to minimize impacts on our neighbours as much as possible.

The station will include two sets of up and down escalators, two elevators, bright lighting, a commercial retail unit, bike lockers and a public art component. It will also meet accessibility standards, for example the inclusion of platform edge tactical strips.

No, the station will not include public washrooms. However, the adjacent development will have public washrooms just a few minutes’ walk from the station (i.e. approximately 70 metres away).

As part of TransLink’s public art policy, we are exploring opportunities to enhance the customer experience through a public art component at the station.

The station will include a retail space. The specific retailer is not known at this time, but will be determined closer to the completion of the station.

Due to the specific site conditions and the existing guideway, integration with the neighbouring developments was impractical. That said, we’re working closely with the City of Richmond to support the integration with adjacent public lands and active transportation corridors.

We have worked closely with the City of Richmond to ensure the design of the station will meet the needs of our customers and Richmond residents.

With each new station we continue to leverage the attributes that our customers have told us they enjoy most, including up and down escalators, bright lighting, accessibility features, and other elements to ensure an optimum customer experience.

Lake City Way Station was built after the Millennium Line opened, so this will be the second time that TransLink has built a station on one of our existing rapid transit lines.


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