New Westminster station

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New Westminster
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SkyTrain station
New Westminster Station 2016.jpg
Location 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
Owned by BC Transit, TransLink
Platforms Side platforms
Tracks 2
Construction
Structure type Elevated
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code NW
Fare zone 2
History
Opened December 11, 1985
Rebuilt 2015–16
Traffic
Passengers (2011[1]) 17,324
Services
Preceding station   TransLink   Following station
toward Waterfront
Expo Line
Surrey
toward King George
Expo Line
Lougheed

New Westminster station is located on an at-grade portion of the SkyTrain rapid transit system serving Metro Vancouver, situated at the intersection of Columbia Street and 8th Street in New Westminster, BC. The station opened in 1985 as part of the original Expo Line and was the original eastern terminus of the Skytrain system prior to the completion of Columbia Station in 1989.

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 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 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 After the completion of Millennium Line, this function has been replaced by Braid and Lougheed Town Centre stations in the north.

In 2016, a major mixed-use development called Plaza 88 began construction.[2] 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.

Between May 2015 and November 2016, the station received $12 million in upgrades which included integrating the station into the neighbouring shopping complex that was 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).[3][4]

Services[edit]

  • New Westminster 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.[5]

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 (22nd Street)
Platform 2  Expo Line towards King George and Production Way–University (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.[6] 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 bus loop for New Westminster station is located under Plaza 88 between Carnarvon Street and Columbia Street, west of 8th Street. Bus bay assignments of the exchange are as follows:[7]

Bay Location Routes
1 8th Street
southbound
C4 Uptown
2 Columbia Street
westbound
Unloading only
3 Columbia Street
westbound
Unloading only
4 Bus loop 123 Brentwood Station
321 Surrey Central Station (limited service)
N19 Downtown
N19 Surrey Central Station
5 Bus loop C9 Lougheed Station
6 Bus loop HandyDart
7 Bus loop 106 Metrotown Station
8 Carnarvon Street
eastbound
C3 Quayside
9 8th Street
southbound
C3 Victoria Hill
10 Carnarvon Street
eastbound
112 Edmonds Station

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2011 SkyTrain Station Counts". TransLink. Retrieved August 10, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Plaza 88". Projects. VIA Architecture Inc. Retrieved November 5, 2016. Plaza 88 represents the regeneration of five city blocks that wrap around the New Westminster SkyTrain Station 
  3. ^ "Construction is starting at New Westminster Station!". TransLink. May 8, 2015. Retrieved November 19, 2016. 
  4. ^ "New Westminster SkyTrain station upgrades complete". The Vancouver Sun. November 18, 2016. Retrieved November 19, 2016. 
  5. ^ "New Westminster theatres on schedule". North Shore News. Archived from the original on November 5, 2016. Retrieved November 21, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Expo Line Station Review" (PDF). Translink. Archived from the original on November 5, 2016. Retrieved November 21, 2011. 
  7. ^ "New Westminster Station". TransLink. April 2016. Retrieved November 20, 2016.