RICHMOND, B.C.—Crews have broken ground on a new Canada Line SkyTrain station that will serve the city of Richmond and the Capstan Village area.
Officials stated the future Capstan Station will provide efficient and environmentally sustainable rapid transit to a rapidly developing Richmond community.
“Capstan Station will be the cornerstone of making Capstan Village centred around zero-emission, fast and reliable transit,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a press release. “This growing urban community is projected to bring up to 16,000 new residents to Richmond, and this new transit station will help position our city as an even more attractive place to live.”
The Capstan Station will include the following extra features beyond existing stations:
– Dual escalator sets
– A larger concourse
– Increased platform length and waiting space
– Commercial retail space
– Public art
The station will cost $52 million which will mostly be paid by the city which raised $32 million from developers through voluntary contributions.
The rest will be paid by TransLink. Work on the station is expected to wrap up in 2023. Officials noted the station will improve transit service between the Bridgeport and Aberdeen stations.
“Fast, frequent, reliable, and accessible transit is the best way to build strong communities,” said TransLink CEO Kevin Quinn in a statement. “The new Capstan Station will be built right in the heart of a growing community and will help make transit the number one transportation option for so many new and current residents of Capstan Village.”