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Translink To Shut Down Metrotown Station Elevator For One Year

Metrotown Station

Metrotown Station, Translink’s second busiest skytrain station is beginning to undergo its $37 million facelift slated to be completed by the summer of 2016.

As with any major building renovations, pedestrians have to deal with delays and sometimes re-route to get to their destination. But what if your re-route meant you had to go to another station and take a shuttle?

According to CBC, Translink will shut down the Metrotown Skytrain station elevator service for a year leaving those with mobility needs in a frustrating situation. Local shoppers and residents who use a wheel chair, have a baby stroller, or are elderly will now have to travel to Patterson station and a catch a shuttle, which arrives every 20 minutes, to Metrotown.

“Unfortunately right where the current elevator is located we have to demolish that existing one in order to make room for the three new elevators,” Translink spokesperson Fred Cummings told CBC. “There’s no way around it.”

It’s safe to say that Metrotown station, which see’s up to 50,000 people per day will be a gong show until renovations are complete.


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