New Westminster Station

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New Westminster
SkyTrain Station
New Westminster Station.jpg
Station statistics
Address 32 8th Street, New Westminster
Coordinates 49°12′05″N 122°54′46″W / 49.201354°N 122.912716°W / 49.201354; -122.912716Coordinates: 49°12′05″N 122°54′46″W / 49.201354°N 122.912716°W / 49.201354; -122.912716
Structure type Elevated
Platforms Side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened December 11, 1985
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code NW
Owned by BC Transit, TransLink
Fare zone 2
Traffic
Passengers (2011[1]) 17,324
Services
Preceding station   TransLink   Following station
toward Waterfront
Expo Line
toward King George
Millennium Line
toward VCC–Clark

New Westminster Station is located at Columbia Street and 8th Street in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada, and was the original eastern terminus of SkyTrain until 1989 prior to the partial completion and opening of the phase two extension of SkyTrain to Surrey.

History[edit]

The station was completed and opened in December 1985, providing a transportation link to Expo 86 being held in the City of Vancouver, and also serving development and shopping districts along the New Westminster Quay. New Westminster Station still serves as a temporary terminus for the Expo Line towards closing hours of revenue service. During the station's period as terminus station, a temporary platform had been built over the westbound guideway with trains thus arriving and departing on the eastbound track.

At its inception, New Westminster Station served as the major transfer point for bus services toward Port Moody, Coquitlam, and Port Coquitlam. After the completion of Millennium Line, this function has been replaced by Braid and Lougheed Town Centre stations in the north.

For a long time, the adjacent city blocks included run down buildings and empty lots, and drug dealers and prostitutes hung around the stairs up to the station. However, a major mixed use development called Plaza 88 is now under construction. The development includes at least 4 high rises, the first three of which are 33, 35 and 37 stories. The 37 floor tower will be the tallest in the city.

The station is currently being retrofitted and redesigned, coinciding with the integration of the station into the new shopping complex being built as part of 'Plaza 88 Project' as well as broader plans to upgrade SkyTrain's Expo Line as put forth by TransLink and the British Columbia Rapid Transit Company (BCRTC).

Services[edit]

  • New Westminster Station connects to local bus and shuttle services to Quayside and Uptown areas, as well as regional bus connections to Burnaby.
  • The station is the terminus for some late-night trips of Millennium trains from VCC–Clark and Expo trains from King George.
  • The station houses the "New Westminster Smoke Shoppe", a small convenience store that opened with the opening of SkyTrain's formal revenue service in 1986.
  • New Westminster Quay and River Market is one block south of the station. A pedestrian overpass across the railway track connects the station area with the quay.
  • A shopping centre along with a 10-screens Landmark Cinemas theatre from the Plaza 88 mall connects directly with the station.[2]

Station information[edit]

Station layout[edit]

    Overlying residential and commercial development
T Upper Concourse Ticket vending machines, fare gates (eastbound), cinema, shops
Side platform, Doors will open on the right
Platform 1  Expo Line towards Waterfront,  Millennium Line towards Waterfront (22nd Street)
Platform 2  Expo Line towards King George,  Millennium Line towards VCC–Clark (Columbia)
Side platform, Doors will open on the right
C Concourse Quayside entrance (through Plaza 88)
Ticket vending machines, fare gates (westbound), Safeway, shops
    Parking for Plaza 88
    Parking for Plaza 88
S Street McNeely, 8th Street entrances, bus loop
Shops, parking for Plaza 88

Entrances[edit]

  • 8th Street Entrance is the east entrance of the station, located on 8th Street between Columbia Street and Carnarvon Street. Of the two entrances to the station, the 8th Street entrance has the higher pedestrian activity.[3] Bicycle racks are available at this entrance. Temporary connections to the New Westminster community shuttles are provided at Bay 6 and 7 near this entrance.
  • McNeely Street Entrance Handicapped/disabled access served the original off-street bus loop and the current temporary on-street temporary transit exchange for conventional buses (bay 1 to 5) on Carnarvon Street. It is located on the west end of the station and connected to the 8th Avenue entrance at concourse level.
  • Quayside Drive Entrance Handicapped/disabled access was opened in December 2011 as part of the Plaza 88 development. This entrance offers a connection between the concourse level of the station and the Quayside overpass through Plaza 88 mall.

Transit connections[edit]

The original off-street bus loop for New Westminster is temporary closed for Plaza 88 development. A temporary on-street exchange is set up on Carnarvon and 8th street, providing both local and regional connections. Bus bay assignments of the temporary exchange is as follows:[4]

Bay Location Routes
1 Carnarvon Street
Eastbound
106 Metrotown Station
321 Surrey Central Station (limited service)
N19 Surrey Central Station Night Bus
N19 Downtown Night Bus
2
3 Carnarvon Street
Eastbound
C9 Lougheed Station
4 Carnarvon Street
Westbound
112 Edmonds Station
5 Carnarvon Street
Eastbound
123 Brentwood Station
6 8th Street
Southbound
C3 Fraserview
C4 Uptown
7 8th Street
Southbound
C8 Quayside
Carnarvon Street
Eastbound
HandyDart

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2011 SkyTrain Station Counts". TransLink. Retrieved January 2013. 
  2. ^ "New Westminster theatres on schedule". North Shore News. Retrieved November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Expo Line Station Review". Translink. Retrieved November 2011. 
  4. ^ Map of New Westminster Station