The governments of Canada and British Columbia announced funding for major upgrades to Vancouver’s Brentwood SkyTrain Station.

The Brentwood Town Centre Station is part of TransLink’s Millennium Line and is located in an area of significant urban development. Upgrades will improve station accessibility at the south entrance and enhance customer connections to bus service, nearby amenities, and residential developments. Project works include, among others: the construction of a street-level elevator to the south entrance, improving access for commuters; the replacement of the existing south stationhouse stairs from ground level to mezzanine level, enhancing ambience and safety; and the installation of an operator washroom to streamline bus and operator transitions.

“The Brentwood Station upgrades are key to building an efficient and accessible public transit infrastructure across Metro Vancouver,” Terry Beech, MP for Burnaby North—Seymour. “We are proud to work with our B.C. partners to ensure that local transit keeps up with the pace of growth and meets the needs of all commuters. Whether Canadians use transit once in a while or every day, our government will help ensure they can get to their destination in greener, more accessible, and efficient ways.”

This project is part of a $32.6 million initiative to upgrade the station as a whole. The upgrades to the south entrance being announced today total $8.1 million. The Government of Canada is contributing $3.24 million through the Public Transit Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, and TransLink is investing $4.86 million. Construction for the new upgrades will run parallel to those previously announced, with both  scheduled to begin in late March and expected to finish in early 2024.

“The neighbourhood around Brentwood Town Centre Station is one of the fastest growing areas on our system with 9,000 more homes being added in nearby developments,” added Kevin Quinn, CEO, TransLink. “These station upgrades are part of our commitment to improving the customer experience and making our facilities more accessible and more convenient for everyone.”

According to Mike Hurley, Mayor of Burnaby, improving access at this station will make it even easier for Burnaby residents to shift to more active and sustainable ways in getting around, “helping us to achieve our all-important climate action targets.”

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