Metrotown Station

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Metrotown
SkyTrain Station
MetrotownStation.jpg
Station statistics
Address 4401 Beresford Street, Burnaby
Coordinates 49°13′32″N 123°00′11″W / 49.225463°N 123.003182°W / 49.225463; -123.003182Coordinates: 49°13′32″N 123°00′11″W / 49.225463°N 123.003182°W / 49.225463; -123.003182
Structure type Elevated
Platforms Centre platform
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened December 11, 1985
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code MT
Owned by BC Transit, TransLink
Fare zone 2
Traffic
Passengers (2011[1]) 51,281
Services
Preceding station   TransLink   Following station
toward Waterfront
Expo Line
toward King George
Millennium Line
toward VCC–Clark

Metrotown Station is an elevated SkyTrain station on the Expo Line in the Metrotown area of Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. It is the second-busiest station in the SkyTrain system. The station is located on the south side of Central Boulevard, east of Willingdon Avenue.

History[edit]

Metrotown Station was built and opened in December 1985 as part of the original Expo Line of SkyTrain. The overhead walkway leading to Metropolis at Metrotown was added to the station in 1989 with the opening of the shopping centres. Originally, the bus loop was open-air and connected to the station via an at-grade street crossing.[2]

The station was originally designed as a suburban station serving residential neighbourhoods and local transit connections. It experienced a major traffic increase since the opening of nearby shopping centres, and the current passenger load and circulation already surpassed the design capacity of the station. TransLink has established formal plans to retrofit and redesign the station to improve passenger flow and increase station capacity. Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2015.[3]

Services[edit]

  • Metrotown Station is a major connection point for the TransLink bus routes in southern Vancouver and Burnaby.
  • The station is connected via overhead walkway across Central Boulevard to a bus loop and Metropolis at Metrotown[4] and Station Square malls.
  • The Crystal Mall and many other retail developments are nearby on Kingsway, one block north of the station.
  • Metrotown branch of the Burnaby Public Library is also one block away from the station.
  • An ATM is available on the concourse level of the station.
  • There is an A&W and Starbucks Coffee on the opposite end of the pedestrian overpass, near the mall entrance.

Station information[edit]

Station layout[edit]

T Platform 1  Expo Line towards Waterfront,  Millennium Line towards Waterfront (Patterson)
Island platform, Doors will open on the left
Platform 2  Expo Line towards King George,  Millennium Line towards VCC–Clark (Royal Oak)
C Concourse (East) Connection to Metropolis, Station Square (closed), and bus loop
Ticket vending machines, ATM
S Street (East) East entrance
Street (West) West entrance elevator
Ticket vending machine

Entrances[edit]

  • East Entrance is located on the BC Parkway, north of Beresford Street and south of Central Boulvard. It can be found at the far east end of the platform. There is no elevator for this entrance, and no escalator is available between street and concourse level. The entrance is in close proximity to Bay 9 of the Metrotown transit exchange for connections to south Burnaby community shuttle services.
  • East Entrance Mall Access connects bus loop, Metropolis, and Station Square shopping centres with the concourse level through a narrow pedestrian overpass. The overpass also contains a stair access to the north side of Central Boulvard. Although up and down escalators are provided by bus loop and shopping centres, the overpass is at a slightly higher level than the concourse of the station, which results in 3 steps of stairs the station entrance.
  • West Entrance Handicapped/disabled access is an elevator-only access at the south side of Central Boulvard. The elevator connects street level directly with platform bypassing the concourse level. Ticket vending machines and validators can be found at street level. This entrance provides connection to HandyDart service.

Transit connections[edit]

Metrotown Station provides a partial off-street transit exchange on Beresford Street, and in front of the ground-level entrance to Metropolis shopping centre. Bus bay assignments is as follows:[5]

Bay Location Routes
1 Bus Loop 116 Edmonds Station
2 Bus Loop 19 Stanley Park (trolleybus route)
3 Bus Loop 49 Dunbar Loop / UBC
4 Bus Loop 130 To Hastings / Phibbs Exchange / Capilano University
5 Bus Loop 129 Edmonds Station
6 Bus Loop 144 SFU
7 Bus Loop 106 New Westminster Station
112 New Westminster Station (limited service)
8 Bus Loop 110 Lougheed Station
430 Richmond-Brighouse Station
9 Beresford Street
Westbound
C6 Suncrest
C7 Edmonds Station

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