Surrey Central Skytrain Station – the busiest among the four in the city is about to see a $25 million facelift.
Once the upgrade is complete, the station will have three new escalators, a new elevator, staircase, and improved lighting. In addition, it will also receive two new entrances at the north side of the station.
The new entrances are expected to improve capacity, accessibility, safety, and wayfinding. The station currently sees 29,000 riders on an average weekday – a number that is expected to increase. With SFU expanding, new high-rise buildings preparing for their debut, and a new movie theatre coming to the area, it’s fair to assume the daily total of transit users will likely increase as a result.
“With ridership up 4.5 percent in 2016, it’s clear demand for transit is continuing to grow as the population grows” says Translink CEO Kevin Desmond. “Investments like the renovations at Surrey Central Station and at the six other stations along the Expo line are essential to help us keep customers moving smoothly and create a vibrant, welcoming hub that’s part of the surrounding community.”
Surrey Central Station is the last of seven stations on the Expo Line targeted for upgrades. The project will be funded by the federal government ($3.2 million), the provincial government ($6.9 million) and TransLink ($14.9 million).
Construction will begin in early April and is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.