TransLink has announced three information sessions on proposed upgrades to the Commercial-Broadway Station. The info sessions will be held at the following times:
Thursday, Dec 5th, 3:00-6:00pm
Commercial-Broadway Station, North Station House street level
Tuesday, Dec 10th, 11:00-3:00pm
University of British Columbia, Student Union Building
Wednesday, Dec 11th, 4:00-8:00pm
Trout Lake Community Centre, 3360 Victoria Drive
An online survey is also available at translink.ca/commercialbroadway. The survey will be open between Dec 2nd and Dec 16th, 2013 and TransLink estimates that it will take 5-10 minutes to complete.
TransLink is urging residents to “Get Involved” in the discussions on the station upgrades. Here’s a direct quote from their literature:
“Commercial-Broadway Station is a major transit hub for Metro Vancouver, and serves the highest number of SkyTrain and bus passenger boardings on the system. The station lacks the capacity to accommodate current ridership, resulting in severe congestion, with long queues at key station “choke points” on an almost daily basis. The opening of the Evergreen Line in 2016 is expected to further increase overcrowding at the station. Phase 1 upgrades to the station were completed in 2009. The upcoming Phase 2 upgrades will improve capacity, and provide additional opportunities to make improvements to customer safety and comfort inside the station.”
Included below are several photos of the existing Commercial-Broadway Station. We’ll note that TransLink might wish to examine the possibility of providing additional covered bus shelters at the 99 B-line and the 9 & 20 trolley bus stops to protect the high volume of users. It would also be possible to add a third exit from the Millennium Line Skytrain Platform to Great Northern Way.
The possible addition of a second platform on the South Platform would require a partial demolition or deconstruction of the Safeway supermarket that is built right to the edge of the existing station: