VANCOUVER — Construction has begun on major upgrades to the Phibbs Exchange in North Vancouver.
The project will see upgrades to the exchange’s capacity, safety and security, active transportation connections and implement supports for transit services planned for North Vancouver over the next several decades, according to a news release.
The $32 million upgrade will see 12 new bus bays added, extra space for articulated buses, and make the exchange compatible with the expanding RapidBus service.
The project will also see the construction of a new snack bar and transit operator rest station.
Further improvements include:
- Safer pedestrian and cycling access
- New lighting and signage
- Enhanced road infrastructure
- New drainage facilities
- Creation of a rain garden
The first six months of construction will be focused on relocating existing transit needs. Full construction is expected to begin in the spring.
The project was awarded to Conwest Contracting Ltd. in September.
B.C. is contributing $18.8 million, the federal government is providing $11.7 million and the District of North Vancouver $2 million.