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New station designs unveiled for Vancouver subway line

New station designs unveiled for Vancouver subway line
PROVINCE OF B.C.—B.C. officials have released updated designs for subway stations that are planned for the Broadway Subway line.

VANCOUVER—Updated street-level designs for Vancouver’s Broadway Subway project stations are now available for feedback from the public.

The online open house of the proposed station designs began last month and runs through May 12. The project team is asking for input on the above-ground station features, including entrances, the adjacent plazas and other street-level aspects of the stations, as part of the station’s design advisory process, developed in collaboration with the City of Vancouver.

The first online open house on station design was held in fall 2020. In response to public participation and feedback from project partners, the station designs have been updated to include:

– Improved lighting;

– accessible paving treatments (tactile, coloured, slip-resistant) to increase safety;

– reconfigured bike parking amenities;

– enhanced seating in exterior station plazas; and

– better integration with the neighbourhood and design features to provide a “sense of place.”

Input from this second online open house will be considered in finalizing the station’s street-level designs.

The Broadway Subway project is a 5.7-kilometre extension of the Millennium Line from VCC‑Clark Station to Broadway and Arbutus, with six new stations.

It will provide SkyTrain service to B.C.’s second-largest jobs centre, health care services, an emerging innovation and research hub and growing residential communities.

Once open in 2025, the commute from VCC-Clark to Arbutus Station is expected to take 11 minutes, saving the average transit commuter almost 30 minutes a day and trimming traffic congestion along Broadway.

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