Commercial–Broadway station

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Commercial–Broadway
Translinkexpo.svg Translinkmillennium.svg
SkyTrain station
YVRcommercialdrstn.JPG
Platforms 1 and 2
Location 1725 East Broadway, Vancouver (Platforms 1 and 2)
2550 Commercial Drive, Vancouver (Platforms 3 and 4)
Coordinates 49°15′45″N 123°04′08″W / 49.26250°N 123.06889°W / 49.26250; -123.06889Coordinates: 49°15′45″N 123°04′08″W / 49.26250°N 123.06889°W / 49.26250; -123.06889
Owned by BC Transit, BC Ministry of Transportation, TransLink
Platforms 2 separate sets of centre platforms
Tracks 4 (2x2)
Connections Translinkbus.svg 99 B-Line
Construction
Structure type Elevated. Trenched track in photo is Grandview railroad cut, Expo line guideway at top.
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code BW, CM
Fare zone (1) City of Vancouver + University Endowment Lands (UBC)
History
Opened December 11, 1985 (Platforms 3 and 4) Expo Line
August 31, 2002 (Platforms 1 and 2) Millennium Line
Previous names Broadway station (1985–2009)
Commercial Drive station (2002–2009)
Traffic
Passengers (2011[1]) 92,275
Services
Preceding station   TransLink   Following station
toward Waterfront
Expo Line
Surrey
toward King George
Expo Line
Lougheed
Terminus
Millennium Line
SkyTrain tracks near the station from Broadway @ 8th in Winter.
Platforms 1 and 2 of Commercial–Broadway station, with a Mk I train stopped at platform 2
A Mk I train approaching platform 4 of Commercial–Broadway station

Commercial–Broadway station (formerly Broadway station and Commercial Drive station, separately) is located on an elevated portion of the Expo Line and an at-grade portion of the Millennium Line, a part of Metro Vancouver's SkyTrain rapid transit system. It is a major transit hub, with the most boardings of any SkyTrain station, and a terminus of Metro Vancouver's busiest bus route, the 99 B-Line. Prior to October 22, 2016, the station was one of only three in the world where the same metro line (Millennium Line) runs through it twice in a pretzel configuration, the others being Monument Metro station on the Tyne and Wear Metro in Newcastle upon Tyne, England and Voorweg RandstadRail station on the Randstadrail in The Hague, Netherlands.

Location[edit]

Commercial–Broadway station is located just east of the intersection of E.Broadway and Commercial Drive in East Vancouver. Part of the station is elevated over East Broadway, while another part is located deep within the Grandview Cut south of Grandview Highway North. The two parts are connected via an elevator and skyway. It is on the outskirts of Vancouver's Little Italy district.

History[edit]

Commercial–Broadway station is a merger of two existing stations: Broadway station on the Expo Line and Commercial Drive station on the Millennium Line.

Broadway station was built in 1985 on the original Expo Line. It has been one of the system's busiest stations and in 2002 became a transfer point to the Millennium Line via the connected Commercial Drive Station. In 2008, renovations began on the station, in which a new entrance was added on the south side of the station, the old elevator was replaced and relocated, and the traditional mesh paneling on the ground level was refitted with glass. These upgrades were completed in 2009.

Commercial Drive station was built in 2002 as the temporary terminus of the first segment of the Millennium Line, with connections to Broadway station of the Expo Line. The Millennium Line has since been extended westward by 3/4 kilometre, and out of the Grandview Cut to terminate at the elevated VCC–Clark station.

The two stations were formally renamed on September 7, 2009, due to concern over potential confusion with the Broadway–City Hall station of the newly opened Canada Line.[2] Commercial Drive station became platforms 1 and 2 of the new station, while Broadway station became platforms 3 and 4.

Upgrades[edit]

As part of the Evergreen Extension project, Commercial–Broadway station will receive major upgrades to accommodate increased passenger volumes and enhance the passenger environment. These upgrades are scheduled to be completed in summer 2017.[3] Among the upgrades included:[4]

  • A new platform will be added on the east side of platforms 3 and 4, which will assist platform 3 by allowing extra platform capacity for Waterfront Station–bound Expo trains. When completed, Waterfront-bound trains at this station will open their doors on one side upon arrival to let passengers exit on one platform, then after a short delay open the doors on the other side to let passengers board from the other platform. Using this Spanish solution, which is a first for Vancouver's SkyTrain system, will result in quicker and more efficient boarding and exiting at this busy transit hub
  • Added weather protection and amenities for bus passenger waiting areas
  • Access improvements within the station, including upgraded passageways and entrances
  • A new pedestrian plaza for the portion of the station south of Broadway

Services[edit]

  • Commercial–Broadway station is a major connection point for TransLink bus routes that run along Broadway, including the #9 trolley bus and the #99 B-Line, an articulated express bus with limited stops and direct access to the University of British Columbia.
  • There is an A&W, a Shoppers Drug Mart, and a Blenz Coffee at ground level.
  • Prior to upgrading of Broadway station between 2008 and 2009, the station contained the "Broadway Smoke Shoppe", "The Exchange", and the "Vancouver Ticket Centre", three small convenience and retail outlets introduced as part of a retail programme established with the opening of SkyTrain in 1986.

Station information[edit]

Station layout[edit]

T Platform 3  Expo Line towards Waterfront (Main Street–Science World)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Platform 4      Expo Line towards King George and Production Way–University (Nanaimo)
S Street
(North)
Commercial Drive, Broadway (north) entrances
Ticket vending machines, ATM, shops, fare gates
Street
(South)
Broadway (south), 10th Avenue entrances
Ticket vending machines, fare gates
T Platform 1  Millennium Line towards VCC–Clark (Terminus)
Island platform, Doors will open on the left
Platform 2      Millennium Line towards Lafarge Lake–Douglas (Renfrew)
X   Restricted area

Entrances[edit]

  • Commercial Drive and Broadway (north) Entrance Handicapped/disabled access is located at the northeast corner of Broadway and Commercial Drive intersection, opened in 2002 in conjunction with the opening of Millennium Line. Passenger can enter the station from both the westbound (north) side of Broadway and southbound side of Commercial Drive. This entrance provides both up/down escalators and elevators to all 4 platforms, although both escalators serving platform 1 and 2 may turn to the peak direction of travel during rush hours.
  • Broadway (south) Entrance Handicapped/disabled access is the original entrance for the station, located at the southeast corner of the intersection, north end of platform 3 and 4. The entrance opens toward the eastbound (south) side of Broadway. Up/down esclator and elevators connects the street level with platform 3 and 4. To access platform 1 and 2, passenger must cross Broadway or use the overhead walkway to the Commercial Drive entrance.
  • 10th Avenue Entrance Handicapped/disabled access is the newest entrance for the station, opened in 2009. The entrance is located at the south end of platform 3 and 4, sharing the station house with Broadway entrance.

Transit connections[edit]

  • The following routes travel westbound on Broadway, with stop in front of the Broadway (north) entrance of the station:
9 UBC / Alma / To Granville
99 B-Line UBC B-Line
N9 Downtown Night Bus
  • Transit service travelling eastbound on Broadway is located near the Broadway (south) entrance:
9 Boundary
99 B-Line To Boundary B-Line
N9 Coquitlam Station Night Bus
  • The following routes travel southbound on Commercial Drive, with stops on both north and south side of Broadway intersection:
20 Victoria / Victoria to 54th
N20 Victoria Night Bus
  • Northbound transit service on Commercial Drive stops north of the Broadway intersection only, near the Commercial Drive entrance:
20 Downtown
N20 Downtown Night Bus
Drop off for 9 and 99 Commercial Broadway Station

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2011 SkyTrain Station Counts". TransLink. Retrieved August 10, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Two SkyTrain stations get one new name". Buzzer Blog. August 27, 2009. Retrieved August 29, 2009. 
  3. ^ Hewitt, Jessica (August 26, 2016). "99 bus stop at Commercial–Broadway returns to its original home". The Buzzer Blog. TransLink. Retrieved September 10, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Moving Forward: Improving Metro Vancouver's Transportation Network". TransLink. October 2011.