The Canadian and British Columbia (BC) Governments, along with transport operator TransLink, have announced that upgrade work has started at the Joyce-Collingwood SkyTrain Station to improve accessibility, capacity, safety and security.
For the C$26m ($18.7m) Joyce-Collingwood Station upgrade, the Canadian Government is contributing C$5.8m ($4.1m) via the Building Canada Fund, BC is contributing C$11.6m ($8.3m) and TransLink is contributing C$8.6m ($6.1m).
Serving 30,000 SkyTrain trips and 12,000 bus trips a day, the upgrades on the Joyce-Collingwood Station are expected to be complete by late next year.
The station serves a high-density community and the upgrades are necessary to increase capacity and improve accessibility in order to meet the growing number of passengers using the station.
Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi said: "Safe and reliable public transit builds stronger communities by connecting people to their places of work, school and home. Working with our partners, we are helping to increase public transit use, which will reduce gridlock and improve air quality across the region."
The upgrades to be carried out at this station include a new elevator and escalators in the east stationhouse, improved station design with better lighting and visibility, and enhanced integration with the surrounding community.
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The improvements will help the station to meet modern accessibility standards, improve the transfer experience for passengers arriving by bus as well as increase the capacity of the Expo Line.
BC minister of transportation and infrastructure Todd Stone said: "Joyce-Collingwood Station is a busy SkyTrain station, and it’s in need of some safety and capacity upgrades to better serve this growing community."
Main Street-Science World SkyTrain Station has also received a C$36.9m ($26.6m) renovation, and has been serving rapid transit customers since project completion last August.
Image: The upgrade works on the Joyce-Collingwood Station will be completed by fall next year. Photo: courtesy of Selmo via Wikipedia.