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OnTrack

As part of our commitment to providing efficient, reliable, and safe rapid transit service, we've been reinvesting in the SkyTrain system to ensure that it operates in a state of good repair for years to come. A number of construction projects and key system upgrades are underway, and OnTrack is designed to provide customers with key information about how these improvements could affect access and in some cases SkyTrain service.

For escalator or elevator repair or closure information, please visit our Alerts page.

 

About the Projects

Each project, listed below, is designed to help keep the system in a state of good repair. Under each listing, you'll find detailed information about the work scheduled, the timing and most importantly, any impact the project might have on your trip.

Burquitlam Station Tunnel Work

What's happening: Starting October 7, 2017, we're installing infrastructure to enhance cellular connectivity in the Burquitlam tunnel over three weekends. The wireless infrastructure covers the 2.2 kilometre long tunnel spanning Burquitlam and Moody Centre stations.

When: Oct. 7-9, 14-15, 21-22

Customers can expect: During these times, the Millennium Line will travel between VCC–Clark and Burquitlam stations only. A shuttle train will operate from Burquitlam to Lafarge Lake–Douglas stations every eight minutes. Please allow at least 5-10 minutes extra travel time. For more information on what this means to your commute, please visit our Alerts page.

Commercial–Broadway Station Upgrades

What's happening: Commercial–Broadway is one of seven Expo Line stations and exchanges that are being upgraded to ensure SkyTrain will meet the needs of passengers and the region for years to come. The upgrades will improve station accessibility, capacity, and safety and security. Commercial–Broadway Station will remain open during construction but there will be some impacts to station access and SkyTrain service.

To learn more about the station upgrades, please visit the Commercial–Broadway Station Upgrades page.

When: February 2017 to winter 2017

  • The north pedestrian walkway that connects to the Millennium Line platform will narrow. This work is necessary to construct a wider pedestrian walkway.
  • When complete, the new walkway will be 14 metres wide!
  • Please allow extra time when making connections to Millennium Line trains.

Road works:

  • 10th Avenue:
    • A partial closure of 10th Avenue from Commercial Drive to the Safeway entrance is required until project completion. Construction crews will use the closed off portion of 10th Avenue for deliveries of equipment and materials, material laydown space, and construction site offices.
  • Commercial Drive:
    • The northbound traffic curb lane on Commercial Drive from Broadway to the Commercial Drive bridge will close from October 2015 to project completion of construction activities. The sidewalk and access to adjacent businesses won't be impacted and the signaled pedestrian crossing on Commercial Drive will remain open, except when construction activities make closure necessary.
    • The 20 and N20 bus stop at Commercial Drive and Broadway will be eliminated; a stop will remain at Commercial Drive and 10th Avenue.

Expo Line Running Rail Replacement Project

What's happening: Beginning February 2017, we'll start our annual Expo Line Running Rail Replacement Project as part of the SkyTrain Rail Asset State of Good Repair Program.

This project includes the replacement of rail pads and approximately 5,000 linear metres of running rail, at 4 main locations close to Metrotown, Main Street–Science World, Stadium–Chinatown, and Waterfront stations.

When: February 2017 to mid-October 2017

Customers can expect: Single tracking around the area where work is happening, including changes to regular operating patterns. For more information on what this means for your commute, please visit our Alerts page.

Residents can expect varying impacts based on location.

To stay up-to-date on the details for your area and to learn more about the project, please visit the Expo Line Running Rail Replacement Project page.

Joyce–Collingwood Station Upgrades

What's happening: Once complete, the upgrades will improve accessibility, capacity, safety, and security at the fourth busiest Expo Line station outside of Downtown Vancouver.

To learn more about the station upgrades, please visit the Joyce–Collingwood Station Upgrades page.

When: early 2016 to fall 2017

Station access:

  • Effective May 2016 the east station entrance is closed and crews began construction on a new elevator and up and down escalators.
  • The east entrance will remain closed until fall 2017, when the project is expected to be complete.
  • Passengers can exit the east stationhouse through the new temporary staircase in the east station house until construction is complete fall 2017.
  • Use the west stationhouse to enter the station, and watch for signs to help you get around.

Metrotown Station Upgrades

What's happening: Metrotown is one of seven Expo Line stations and exchanges that are being upgraded to ensure SkyTrain will meet the needs of passengers and the region for years to come. The upgrades will improve station accessibility, capacity, and safety and security. Metrotown Station will remain open during construction but there will be some impacts to station access and SkyTrain service.

To learn more about the station upgrades, please visit the Metrotown Station Upgrades page.

When: Spring 2015 to winter 2017/2018

Station access:

New escalators opened at Metrotown Station on July 24. These new escalators will significantly improve access for our customers.

On Friday, March 24, the centre stationhouse opened, revealing a new central entrance. Two new elevators went into service and a new permanent staircase opened.

  • Customers can exit the platform from the new permanent staircase, elevator, or the temporary emergency exit stairs on the west side of the station.
  • Customers requiring the use of an elevator are advised to use the wider accessible pathway from the station by using the east crosswalk at the mall parkade entrance.
  • Once the remaining elevator completes testing, commissioning, and inspecting, it will also open. All elevators are expected to be opened later this fall.
  • Customers are reminded to tap in and out at the fare gates to ensure they are charged the correct fare.