Translink recently closed the three main escalators at SkyTrain’s Granville Station for a lengthy replacement project.
Now, the transit provider is advising passengers of delays at another major SkyTrain stop: Joyce-Collingwood Station.
Phase two of the project commenced in early 2018. In addition, the station upgrades will result in delays for the next 16 consecutive weekends.
Specifically, westbound trains will skip the station through the weekends. This “single-tracking” system means that the trains will skip Joyce and continue on the 29th Avenue Station.
So, starting Friday June 1st, riders may want to budget more time for their commutes until September; however, this rerouting excludes Canada Day service and the nights of the fireworks for the Celebration of Light.
Translink stated that the number of passengers using the station continues to grow. Consequently, the station needs upgrades that increase passenger capacity and improve accessibility.
As a result, construction began in early 2016 to make improvements to the transfer location. Following this, the east stationhouse was completed in October 2017.
Joyce Collingwood Station Upgrades
First Eight Weekends of Work
The SkyTrain will always stop at Joyce-Collingwood Station going eastbound. Customers travelling westbound will skip Joyce-Collingwood Station, exit the train at 29th Avenue, and return to Joyce on the next train travelling eastbound to get back to Joyce.
Last Eight Weekends of Work
The SkyTrain will always stop at Joyce-Collingwood Station going westbound. Customers travelling eastbound will skip Joyce-Collingwood Station, exit the train at Patterson, and return to Joyce on the next train travelling westbound to get back to Joyce.
- The work will begin at 9 p.m. on Fridays and end before service begins on Mondays; weekday service will remain the same prior to 9 p.m. on Friday evenings.
- There will be extra SkyTrain staff at Joyce-Collingwood, 29th Avenue, and Patterson Station for the duration of work to assist customers.
- This operational change is called skip/stop service. It will add approximately 10-15 minutes to customers’ travel time.
Translink recently introduced a small fleet of double decker buses on Metro Vancouver routes to combat a rise in commuter traffic. In addition, the transit provider is increasing the number of SkyTrain and Canada Line Cars to ease congestion.