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.
What you need to know:
For Canada Line customers, service remains the same at the start of construction. We anticipate some single-tracking will be required this fall and we will notify customers in advance of any impacts.
Impacts for people walking, rolling, and driving in the area:
The sidewalk on the east side of No. 3 Road will be closed from Capstan Way to Sea Island Way for the duration of the construction period;
The northbound bike lane along No. 3 Road will be closed and detour signage will be in place for the duration of the construction period;
The 403 bus stop on No. 3 Road just north of Capstan Way will be relocated to Capstan Way just east of No. 3 Road; and
One northbound lane on No. 3 Road is expected to be closed starting in early September for the duration of the construction period.
Public engagement (Nov. 16 to 23, 2020)
Shared project status update and included illustrations of different views of the station.
Station design completion (summer 2021)
The full station design was completed in early summer.
Construction start (summer 2021)
Substantial completion is expected in spring 2023.
How did we get here?
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. Through 2020, work on the design continued and was shared with the public through a virtual open house in November. 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.
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Frequently Asked Questions
When do you expect the Capstan Station will be open?
We expect the station to be complete and open to customers in spring 2023.
Will there be impacts to traffic and pedestrian/cyclist movement in the area during construction?
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.
What kind of amenities will be included in the station?
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.
Will the station include public washrooms?
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).
Will there be a public art component at the station?
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.
Will there be a retail space at the station? If so, what will it be?
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.
Are you working with the neighbouring developments so the station is integrated with the new buildings in the area?
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.
Who did you seek input from on the design of the station?
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.
Has TransLink ever built a station in between two existing stations while operations continue?
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.