Lougheed Town Centre Station

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Lougheed Town Centre
SkyTrain Station
Lougheed-stn-platform.jpg
Station statistics
Address 9755 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby
Coordinates 49°14′54″N 122°53′49″W / 49.24846°N 122.89702°W / 49.24846; -122.89702Coordinates: 49°14′54″N 122°53′49″W / 49.24846°N 122.89702°W / 49.24846; -122.89702
Structure type Elevated
Platforms Centre platform operational
Side platform planned
Tracks 2 operational, 1 planned
Other information
Opened August 31, 2002
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code LH
Owned by BC Ministry of Transportation, TransLink
Fare zone 2 (2/3 for bus loop)
Traffic
Passengers (2011[1]) 28,726
Services
Preceding station   TransLink   Following station
toward VCC–Clark
Millennium Line
toward Waterfront
toward VCC–Clark
Evergreen Line
(Planned)

Lougheed Town Centre Station (sometimes abbreviated as Lougheed Station) is a station on the Millennium Line, part of the SkyTrain rapid transit system in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia.

Location[edit]

The station is located on Lougheed Highway in an elevated structure across Austin Road in Burnaby, and is directly adjacent to Lougheed Town Centre, a mid-size shopping mall, from where it takes its name. A large Korean neighbourhood, referred to colloquially as Korea Town, exists in the area surrounding North Road south of Lougheed Highway. Outside the eastern exit of the station, near the passenger waiting area, are the Standing Stones of Lougheed.

Services[edit]

The station is served by a bus loop with routes including the 97 B-Line, which connects it to Coquitlam Central Station. This and other bus connections to north Burnaby, Port Moody, and Coquitlam area make Lougheed Station a major transportation hub for the area and one of the busiest stations on the Millennium Line.

Due to the shortage of storage tracks at operation and maintenance centre, some trains are stored overnight on tracks near Lougheed station.[2] As a result, the station also serves as the starting point for some early morning and terminus for some late-night trains to/from VCC–Clark and Waterfront stations.

Future connections include the Highway 1 Rapid Bus from Walnut Grove when the new Port Mann Bridge opens, and the Evergreen Line connecting VCC–Clark and Lafarge Lake–Douglas Station in Coquitlam (which will replace the 97 B-Line). Evergreen Line is scheduled to begin service in summer 2016.[3]

Evergreen Line extension[edit]

An unbuilt third platform had been roughed in on the east side of the station during its construction, in anticipation of a future connection for a SkyTrain extension to the Coquitlam. The provincial government subsequently postponed the extension in the early 2000s, and in the interim TransLink decided to use light rail technology for the alignment instead of Bombardier's Advanced Rapid Transit technology (as used on SkyTrain's Expo and Millennium lines), rendering the roughed-in platform and the adjacent switches obsolete. However, the provincial government announced new plans for the line in 2008, including the use of SkyTrain or similar technology, so this third platform will now be used when the line opens. This will allow Evergreen Line trains to run seamlessly between VCC–Clark and Lafarge Lake–Douglas Station.

Construction began in mid-2012; the opening of the Evergreen Line is planned for the summer 2016. At the start of Evergreen Line operation, the Millennium Line route will be shortened and this station will become the eastern terminus of the Millennium Line. The Evergreen Line will serve the VCC–Clark to Lougheed Town Centre portion of the route.

Station information[edit]

Station layout[edit]

T Train Level
C Concourse Level Austin Avenue entrance only, walkway access to mall.
S Street Level

Station entrances and connections[edit]

Gatineau Place / Bus Loop Entrance Handicapped/disabled access is located on the east end of the station, connecting the platform with bus loop at street level with elevators and both up and down escalators. Retail shops are available at this entrance. Bus and HandyDart drop-off areas are located on Gatineau Place, in front of the station plaza. See Lougheed Town Centre Station#Transit exchange for a list of other bus connections.

Austin Avenue Entrance Handicapped/disabled access is located on the west end of the station platform. An elevator linking the street, concourse, and platform levels; however, there is no escalator between street and concourse level. Pepsi vending machines are available at concourse level.

  • Transit connection is available westbound on Lougheed Highway, near the station entrance:
136 Brentwood Station
N9 Downtown Night Bus

Austin Avenue Mall Access Handicapped/disabled access connects the Lougheed Town Centre mall to the concouse level of Austin Avenue entrance with a long walkway through mall parking lot. The walkway is mostly weather protected, with the exception of few pedestrian crossings.

Transit exchange[edit]

Lougheed Town Centre Station provides an off-street transit exchange in between Gatineau Place and Lougheed Highway. The station is close to the boundary of Burnaby (fare zone 2) and Coquitlam (fare zone 3), and about half of the connecting routes are local services within zone 3. Hence the entire bus loop is being given a common fare zone 2/3.[4] Bus bay assignments is as follows:[5]

Bay Routes
1 97 B-Line Coquitlam Station
2 152 Coquitlam Station (via Mariner)
152 Coquitlam Station (via Chilko) (peak only)
3 151 Coquitlam Station (via Coquitlam Recreation Centre)
4 101 22nd Street Station
5 110 Metrotown Station
6 C9 New Westminster Station
7 136 Brentwood Station
8 157 Coquitlam Recreation Centre
9 156 Braid Station (via Coquitlam Recreation Centre)
10 C24 Port Moody Station
N9 Downtown Night Bus
N9 Coquitlam Station Night Bus

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2011 SkyTrain Station Counts". TransLink. Retrieved January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Specific Project Approval - SkyTrain OMC Expansion Phase 2". Retrieved December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Evergreen Line RFP released". Government of British Columbia. November 2011. 
  4. ^ Fare Zone Map Details
  5. ^ Map of Lougheed Town Centre Station

External links[edit]

Media related to Lougheed Town Centre Station at Wikimedia Commons