The $81 million Commercial-Broadway Skytrain station Phase 2 renovations are finally complete, and the first passengers to use the new features took the inaugural ride on February 2nd. AECOM provided the design and building of the project, and construction has been underway since 2015.
One of the key renovations was the creation of an additional boarding platform, now Platform 5, for the westbound trains on the Expo Line. The doors on both sides of the train will now open for this stop, allowing faster boarding and exiting. The existing Platform 3 will now be primarily for connecting to the 99-B Line and other buses, and Platform 5 will connect to the Millennium Line.
Other improvements include two new elevators and new escalators on both sides of Broadway. As well, there is a new bike storage facility, new bus shelters, and new retail spaces. The concourses across Broadway were widened, and the number of entrances has also been expanded to include gates at 10th Avenue near the Safeway grocery store. Several of these were opened before the new boarding platform. Aesthetic improvements were made as well, including replacing concrete walls in the station with glass, and adding new lighting.
Commercial Broadway is the second-busiest station in the lower mainland after Waterfront Station, with 200,000 transit trips each weekday. The 99-B Line is the most heavily used bus line on the TransLink system.
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