TransLink SkyTrain Sapperton Station

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Train to: Production Way–University Sapperton Train to: Waterfront
Next Station: Braid Next Station: Columbia
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General Information
Address 20 Spruce Street, New Westminster, BC
Owner TransLink
Operator British Columbia
Rapid Transit Company
Lines served Expo Line Logo and Symbol-a.png
Bus connections None
Fare Zone 2
Platforms 2 (side)
Entrances 1
Structure type Elevated
Levels 2
Architect Hancock Bruckner Eng &
Wright Architects
Annual Traffic
Passengers 992,200 (2019)
964,600 (2018)
932,600 (2017)
872,000 (2016)
Ranking 46 out of 53
Other Information
Bike lockers No
Bike Parkade No
Park and Ride No
Carsharing No
Station code SA
Opening date January 2, 2002
Former services Millennium Line Logo and Symbol-a.png

Sapperton is a SkyTrain station in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Station Details

The de-alarmed emergency exit on the south side of the inbound platform

The station provides easy access to nearby residential areas and Royal Columbian Hospital. The TransLink, Coast Mountain Bus Company and Transit Police headquarters are located nearby. Sapperton is the only elevated station in the system where passengers have to go up from the platforms to reach the concourse and exit/entrance, a concept found more commonly in underground stations. The station entrance is located on Keary Street on the west side of Brunette Avenue. An overpass stretches over the Burlington North Santa Fe (BNSF) right-of-way and Brunette Avenue.

This is also the only SkyTrain station with no direct bus connections.

Sapperton has a unique roof support design at the platform level, featuring complex metalwork to support the gull-wing roofs over the two platforms. In between the two platforms, there is a large wheel as part of a public art fixture that has been part of the station since it opened. The wheel was powered by a stationary bike on the concourse, which has since been removed. The station was designed by Hancock Bruckner Eng & Wright Architects and the architecture of steel and glass reflects the industrial area around the station.[1][2][3]


Sapperton Station opened as part of the initial stage of the Millennium Line when it ran from Waterfront to Braid. The section from Braid to Commercial Drive, or what is now Commercial–Broadway, opened a few months later. The station became part of the Expo Line on October 22, 2016, after the SkyTrain network was redesigned in lieu of the Millennium Line Evergreen Extension.

In July 2004, the station was closed for work to be done on the floor tiles to make them less slippery.[4][5]

Between 2016 and 2017, the emergency exit to Spruce Street was relieved of its status as an emergency exit. This was done to address access concerns for people working in the industrial area towards the east. Emergency labels were removed, the stairs were de-alarmed, and a Compass Card tap module was installed at the bottom of the stairs. This exit is accessible through the south side of both inbound and outbound platforms.


During the planning and construction phase, the station was criticized as being a station to "nowhere" by then-New Westminster Mayor Helen Sparkes.[6] New Westminster wanted Sapperton Station to be built to provide access to Royal Columbian Hospital, but when the station design was finalized, access to the hospital was and continues to be poor, as the station entrance opens up to the rear of the hospital at the bottom of a hill. An elevator to help with access would've cost TransLink and the province $350,000, which both claimed could not fit into the $1.9-billion project budget and $60-million fund for station additions.[6]

Further, the province decided not to install a stairwell at the south end of the station to access the $9-million riverfront park that was being developed adjacent to Sapperton Station,[6] although the stairwell was later installed as an emergency exit. The refusal to install stairs was also due to a lack of funding in the budget. However, in a letter to The Vancouver Sun by System Architect Alan Hart of Rapid Transit Project 2000, the organization responsible for planning and construction for the Millennium Line, Hart believed that the claim by Mayor Sparkes is unfair that Sapperton is a "useless" station.[7] Hart stated that the location of Sapperton was the result of "intensive public consultation" and its location supported by the hospital. The lack of access to the waterfront park from Sapperton was because Braid Station provided better access because access from Sapperton would require park visitors to be dumped "seven storeys down in the middle of rail tracks."[7]

Bus Routes

This station has no connecting bus routes. However, the closest bus route is route 109 which has stops both northbound and southbound along Columbia Street. The stops are accessible through a short walk along Keary Street.

Station Layout


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  • Transit information
  • Compass Ticket Vending Machines
  • Shops

Side platform, doors will open on the right
Platform 2 Expo Line Expo Line towards Production Way–University (Braid)
Platform 1 Expo Line Expo Line towards Waterfront (Columbia)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

Sapperton Station Exits
TransLink Accessible bullet-b.pngTransLink Bike Rack bullet-b.png Keary Street
  • TransLink Head Office
  • Royal Columbian Hospital

First and Last Trains

Sapperton Station
Expo Line Logo-a.png Weekdays Saturdays Sundays/Holidays
First Train to Waterfront 5:16 a.m. 6:19 a.m. 7:18 a.m.
Last Train to Waterfront 12:41 a.m.
12:39 a.m. on Fridays
12:39 a.m. 11:41 p.m.
First Train
to Production Way–University
5:24 a.m. 6:30 a.m. 7:30 a.m.
Last Train
to Production Way–University
1:07 a.m.
1:14 a.m. on Fridays
1:14 a.m. 12:07 a.m.
First Train
to New Westminster

late-night service
12:49 a.m.
12:47 a.m. on Fridays
12:47 a.m. 11:49 p.m.
Last Train
to New Westminster

late-night service
1:29 a.m.
1:33 a.m. on Fridays
1:33 a.m. 12:29 a.m.
First Train
to Lougheed Town Centre

late-night service
1:17 a.m.
1:23 a.m. on Fridays
1:23 a.m. 12:17 a.m.
Last Train
to Lougheed Town Centre

late-night service
1:45 a.m.
1:46 a.m. on Fridays
1:46 a.m. 12:45 a.m.

Nearby Attractions

  • TransLink Head Office
  • Royal Columbian Hospital

Station Maps


  1. Vancouver's Millennium Line Canadian Architect, retrieved 16-02-2019
  2. In case you forgot: the Millennium line, seven years later, retrieved 16-02-2019
  3. Sapperton Station, retrieved 16-02-2019
  4. The Province (2004, July 20). Delays at Sapperton station, The Province, A3.
  5. TransLink to modify flooring at Sapperton SkyTrain station,, retrieved 03-01-2020
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Munro. H. (2000, February 3). SkyTrain stop to be `useless,' mayor says: Riders headed for Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster will face a steep climb to reach the hospital's main entrance, The Vancouver Sun, B1.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Hart, A. (2000, February 9). Sapperton station has its supporters, The Vancouver Sun, A16.
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Lines Canada Line Logo-a.png Expo Line Logo-a.png Millennium Line Logo-a.png Millennium Line Evergreen Extension Logo-b.png
Rolling stock Expo Line 1984 UTDC ICTS Mark IExpo Line 1985 UTDC ICTS Mark IExpo Line 1991 UTDC ICTS Mark IExpo Line 1995 Bombardier ICTS Mark IExpo LineMillennium Line 2001 Bombardier ART Mark IICanada Line 2008 Hyundai Rotem EMUExpo Line 2009 Bombardier ART Mark IIExpo Line 2015 Bombardier Innovia Metro Mark IIIExpo Line 2018 Bombardier Innovia Metro Mark IIICanada Line 2019 Hyundai Rotem EMU
Yards Expo LineMillennium Line Operations and Maintenance CentreMillennium Line Coquitlam Maintenance CentreCanada Line Canada Line Operations and Maintenance Centre
Canada Line Logo-a.png Expo LineSeaBusTransLink West Coast Express bullet-a.pngR5 Hastings St WaterfrontVancouver City CentreYaletown–RoundhouseOlympic Village99 B-Line Broadway–City HallKing EdwardR4 41st Ave Oakridge–41st AvenueLangara–49th AvenueMarine DriveCanada Line BridgeportCapstan WayAberdeenLansdowneRichmond–Brighouse
Airport branch ← Towards Waterfront Canada Line BridgeportTempletonSea Island CentreYVR–Airport
Expo Line Logo-a.png Canada LineSeaBusTransLink West Coast Express bullet-a.pngR5 Hastings St WaterfrontR5 Hastings St BurrardGranvilleStadium–ChinatownMain Street–Science WorldMillennium Line99 B-Line Commercial–BroadwayNanaimo29th AvenueR4 41st Ave Joyce–CollingwoodPattersonMetrotownRoyal OakEdmonds22nd StreetNew WestminsterExpo Line ColumbiaScott RoadGatewayR1 King George Blvd Surrey CentralR1 King George Blvd King George
Production Way branch ← Towards Waterfront Expo Line ColumbiaSappertonBraidMillennium Line Lougheed Town CentreMillennium Line Production Way–University
Millennium Line Logo-a.png ArbutusSouth GranvilleOak–VGHCanada Line99 B-Line Broadway–City HallMount PleasantGreat Northern Way–Emily CarrVCC–ClarkExpo Line99 B-Line Commercial–BroadwayRenfrewRupertGilmoreBrentwood Town CentreHoldomSperling–Burnaby LakeLake City WayExpo Line Production Way–UniversityExpo Line Lougheed Town CentreBurquitlamTransLink West Coast Express bullet-a.png Moody CentreInlet CentreTransLink West Coast Express bullet-a.pngR3 Lougheed Hwy Coquitlam CentralLincolnLafarge Lake–Douglas