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Metrotown
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SkyTrain station
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Location 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
Owned by BC Transit, TransLink
Platforms Centre platform
Tracks 2
Construction
Structure type Elevated
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code MT
Fare zone 2
History
Opened December 11, 1985
Rebuilt 2015–18
Traffic
Passengers (2016[1]) 40,400
Services
Preceding station   TransLink   Following station
toward Waterfront
Expo Line

Metrotown is an elevated station on the Expo Line of Metro Vancouver's SkyTrain rapid transit system. The station is located in the Metrotown area of Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. It is the second-busiest station in the SkyTrain system. The station is located between Central Boulevard and Beresford Street, east of Willingdon Avenue.

History[edit]

Metrotown station was built in 1985 as part of the original SkyTrain system, on what is now known as the Expo Line. The overhead walkway that led to Metropolis at Metrotown shopping centre was added to the station in 1989.[citation needed] 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 due to the opening of nearby shopping centres and the redevelopment of the neighbourhood, leading to passenger loads and circulation surpassing the design capacity of the original station.

In 2007, TransLink established plans for a major retrofit and redesign of the station to improve passenger flow and increase station capacity.[3] Construction began in February 2015, with an estimated cost of $55.5 million.[4]

On November 15, 2016, TransLink closed the pedestrian overpass that connected the station to the Metropolis shopping centre. The closure was a result of preparation work required in rebuilding the east stationhouse. No timeline was provided for when a replacement overpass would open. The closure has led to criticism and extra travel time for many passengers.[5][6][7]

The centre stationhouse opened to the public on March 24, 2017, and features new stairs and elevators.[8] On July 24, 2017, the west stationhouse opened, featuring four escalators.[9]

The rebuilt east stationhouse opened on March 19, 2018, and—like the west stationhouse—it also features four escalators.[10] Upon completion of the third phase, the station has a total of eight escalators, three elevators as well as stairs to and from platform level.

Services[edit]

  • Metrotown is a major connection point for the TransLink bus routes in southern Vancouver and Burnaby.
  • The station is right across Central Boulevard from a bus loop and Metropolis at Metrotown[11] and Station Square malls.
  • The Crystal Mall and many other retail developments are nearby on Kingsway, one block north of the station.
  • The Burnaby Public Library Bob Pritte Metrotown Branch is also two blocks away from the station in Burnaby Civic Square.
  • Burnaby Civic Square, Kinnee, Maywood Park & Bonsor Park are located two blocks away from the station.
  • Bonsor Recreation Complex is a community centre located in Bonsor Park.
  • An ATM is available on the street level of the station's east entry.

Station information[edit]

Station layout[edit]

T Platform 1  Expo Line towards Waterfront (Patterson)
Island platform, Doors will open on the left
Platform 2  Expo Line towards King George and Production Way–University (Royal Oak)
C Concourse (Centre)  
S Street (East) East entrance, Ticket vending machines, ATM, Bike Store
Street (Centre) Centre entrance, Ticket vending machines, Accessible Elevators
Street (West) West entrance, Ticket vending machines

Entrances[edit]

Escalators at the western entrance
  • East entrance: This entrance is located on the BC Parkway, north of Beresford Street and south of Central Boulevard. It can be found at the far east end of the platform. It has four escalators and opened on March 19, 2018,[12] replacing the original entry which was limited to stair access 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.
  • West entrance: This entrance is located on the west side of the station. It has 4 escalators which opened on July 24, 2017, to replace an emergency exit stairway.
  • Centre entrance: Construction on this entrance, which includes access to the station via stairs and 3 elevators, began in May 2015[3] to replace the previous single elevator entrance. It was opened, with two of its three elevators in service, on March 24, 2017.[8]

Transit connections[edit]

Metrotown 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 are as follows:[13]

Bay Routes Additional information
1 Unloading bay Unloading only
2 19 Stanley Park Trolley bus service
3 430 Richmond–Brighouse Station Express
4 130 Phibbs Exchange / To Pender / Capilano U 130 Capilano U: service from this bay during peak hours only from September to June[citation needed]
5 129 Holdom Station Limited service
6 144 SFU
7
112 New Westminster Station: only on AM weekends and holidays when SkyTrain not operating
8 Unloading bay Unloading only
9
Located westbound on Beresford Street, at Telford Avenue
10 Unloading bay Unloading only
11 49 UBC Articulated bus service[14]
12 116 Edmonds Station
13 110 Lougheed Station

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 Transit Service Performance Review" (PDF). translink.ca. TransLink. Retrieved September 24, 2017. 
  2. ^ "SkyTrain historic photos: Princess Diana visits SkyTrain and more". Buzzer Blog. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b ""Moving Forward" 2012 Supplemental Plan and Outlook". TransLink. Archived from the original on March 27, 2018. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Construction begins on $55.5-million Metrotown Station". Daily Hive. February 26, 2015. Retrieved March 27, 2018. 
  5. ^ Hewitt, Jessica (November 9, 2016). "Attention Metrotown SkyTrain riders!". The Buzzer Blog. TransLink. Retrieved December 26, 2016. 
  6. ^ Saltman, Jennifer (November 17, 2016). "Metrotown transit upgrade: Four things you need to know". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved December 26, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Metrotown SkyTrain construction leaves commuters puffing up the stairs". CBC News. November 16, 2016. Retrieved December 26, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b "Metrotown Station elevator is open for business on March 24, 2017!". TransLink. March 22, 2017. Retrieved March 24, 2017. 
  9. ^ Chan, Kenneth (2017-07-24). "Metrotown Station's super-long escalators finally open (PHOTOS)". Daily Hive. Retrieved 2017-09-09. 
  10. ^ Chan, Kenneth (March 20, 2018). "New Metrotown Station entrance opens with 4 additional escalators". Daily Hive. Retrieved March 27, 2018. 
  11. ^ Metropolis at Metrotown: public transit Archived 2010-10-08 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ "TransLink BC on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-03-26. 
  13. ^ "Metrotown Station – April 2018" (PDF). translink.ca. TransLink. Retrieved May 9, 2018. 
  14. ^ "2016 Transit Service Performance Review" (PDF). Retrieved September 9, 2017.