Major Improvements Coming to TransLink’s Brentwood Town Center SkyTrain Station
The SkyTrain station in downtown Brentwood will be undergoing major upgrades in the coming weeks as TransLink works to improve station accessibility and customer flow.
These upgrades will aim to improve customer access to the south entrance and improve customer connections to bus service, the nearby shopping center and many residential developments.
“The neighborhood around Brentwood Town Center station is one of the fastest growing areas in our system with an additional 9,000 homes added in nearby developments,” said Kevin Quinn, CEO of TransLink. “These station upgrades are part of our commitment to improving the guest experience and making our facilities more accessible and convenient for everyone.”
Upgrades will include:
- A new lift on the ground floor of the station’s south entrance.
- An enlarged mezzanine with more price barriers and customer space.
- Two new escalators.
- Replace the stairs with closed windows to provide protection against the weather.
- Additional real-time passenger information displays.
- Improved lighting.
- A new public art installation.
“The improvements to Brentwood Station are essential to building an efficient and accessible transit infrastructure in Metro Vancouver. We are proud to work with our BC partners to ensure local transit keeps pace with growth and meets the needs of all commuters,” said Terry Beech, MPP for Burnaby North-Seymour, on behalf of the Honorable Dominic LeBlanc. , Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities. “Whether Canadians use public transit once in a while or every day, our government will ensure they can get to their destination in a greener, more accessible and more efficient way.
The south entrance to the station will be closed to customers for approximately one year once construction begins. This closure is necessary to allow for the addition of an elevator to street level for patrons using the south entrance. Customers who normally use this entrance will need to cross the Lougheed Highway and use the north entrance instead. The north entrance will remain open and customers will be able to access SkyTrain and bus service throughout the construction period.
This $32.6 million investment is part of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICI) with contributions from the Government of Canada and TransLink. Construction is expected to begin in April and be completed in 2024.
Facts about Brentwood:
- Brentwood Town Center station will be the first Millennium Line station to receive upgrades since the Millennium Line opened in 2002.
- About 6,000 people boarded the SkyTrain at Brentwood Town Center station each weekday in 2019.
- It is one of the busiest stations on the Millennium Line and is likely to grow due to rapid residential development nearby.
- Brentwood town center station is a transfer point for seven different bus routes including routes 25, 123, 130, 134, 136, 222 and the N9.
- These routes connect Brentwood to UBC, New Westminster, Metrotown, North Vancouver, Coquitlam and with late night bus service to downtown Vancouver.
- Bays 4 and 5 serving routes 25, 123 and the N9 will be moved west of Willingdon Avenue while the station’s south entrance is closed.
“This project supports the City of Burnaby’s vision for Brentwood as a vibrant urban center where everything you need is within a 15-minute walk,” said Burnaby Mayor Mike Hurley. “Improving access to this station will allow Burnaby residents to transition to more active and sustainable ways to get around our city, helping us achieve our most important climate action goals.”