TransLink SkyTrain Commercial – Broadway Station

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Train to: Waterfront Commercial–Broadway Train to: King George & Production Way–University
Next Station: Main Street–Science World Next Station: Nanaimo
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Train to: VCC–Clark Commercial–Broadway Train to: Lafarge Lake–Douglas
Next Station: VCC–Clark Next Station: Renfrew
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General Information
Address 1725 East Broadway
2550 Commercial Drive,
Vancouver, BC
Owner TransLink (1999–present)
BC Transit (1985–1999)
Operator British Columbia
Rapid Transit Company
Lines served Expo Line Logo and Symbol-a.png
Millennium Line Logo and Symbol-a.png
TransLink B-Line Symbol-a.png
Bus connections 9, 20, 99, N9, N20
Fare Zone 1
Platforms 5 (4 island, 1 side)
Entrances 4
Construction
Structure type Elevated and at-grade
Levels 4
Architects AECOM Canada (Platform 5)
Allen Parker & Associates (Platforms 3 & 4)
Architektengruppen U-Bahn (Platforms 3 & 4)
Baker McGarva Hart Inc. (Platforms 1 & 2)
Other Information
Bike lockers No
Bike Parkade Yes (42 racks)
Park and Ride No
Carsharing No
Station codes BW & CM
History
Opening date December 11, 1985 (Platforms 3 & 4)
August 31, 2002 (Platforms 1 & 2)
February 2, 2019 (Platform 5)
Former services Train2Main
Rebuilt 2008–2009, 2015–2019
Previous names Broadway (1985–2009)
Commercial Drive (2002–2009)


Commercial–Broadway is a SkyTrain station in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Station Details

Commercial–Broadway serves as a major transit hub in Vancouver as it connects to the 99 B-Line, one of the busiest routes in the system. In addition, it is a point of transfer for those commuting between Downtown Vancouver and the suburban areas of Burnaby and the Tri-Cities. The station is one of the busiest in the system, linking both the Expo and Millennium lines. The upper level platforms, Platforms 3, 4 and 5, serve the Expo Line while the lower level platform, Platforms 1 and 2, serve the Millennium Line. The 99 B-Line loads on E. Broadway.

Passengers transferring from the Millennium Line to the Expo Line are directed to Platform 5 for Waterfront-bound services and to Platform 4 for King George or Production Way–University services. Passengers transferring from the Expo Line on a Waterfront-bound train to the Millennium Line are directed to transfer through Platform 5 and for the 99 B-Line, through Platform 3. Passengers for Waterfront may board from either Platform 3 or 5.

Architecture

The lower level platforms and station building (the original Commercial Drive Station) was designed by Baker McGarva Hart Inc. (now VIA Architecture)[1]. The station is made up of four major components: the platforms, the concourse, the bridge and the main concourse. The platforms are lined by a series of steel tree structures bolted on top of concrete columns to support the lower roof steel canopy. The concourse above the platforms, connecting to the lower bridge over the Grandview Cut are lined with more steel tree structures to support the upper roof steel canopy. The bridge was originally made of two prefabricated steel trusses by George Third & Son of Vancouver. During station upgrade work, the bridge was expanded and the original steel trusses were removed. The main concourse is covered by a large steel canopy supported by five massive steel trees.[2]

For Platform 5 and related works, AECOM Canada was the architecture firm responsible.[3]

Like most of the initial above-ground SkyTrain stations, Commercial–Broadway uses the signature tubular steel hoop truss design, in which seven C-shaped hoop trusses support the platform roof. However, compared to the other stations that used this design, Commercial–Broadway is the only station to have its entire platform length covered, with nine C-shaped hoop trusses. The hoop trusses at Commercial–Broadway only do a 3/4 wrap around as the station is next to the Safeway building. Thus, the roof for Platforms 3 and 4 were partially supported by the Safeway building itself. With the partial demolition of the Safeway building to make way for Platform 5, the hoop truss support had to be slowly transitioned over from the Safeway building to the Platform 5 roof, which presently supports the Platform 3 and 4 roofing.

History

The station was originally split into two separate stations. The upper level platforms – Platforms 3 and 4 – opened as part of the Expo Line in 1985 as Broadway. The lower level platforms – Platforms 1 and 2 – opened with the Millennium Line in 2002 as Commercial Drive. The two stations were linked by a bridge connecting Commercial Drive up to street level and over the existing bridge over E. Broadway to Broadway Station. In 2009, the two stations joined as one to prevent confusion with Broadway–City Hall. Platform 5 on the upper level portion of the station opened on February 2, 2019. The opening of Platform 5 made Commercial–Broadway the only station in the system to use the Spanish Solution, with doors opening on both sides for passengers to enter and exit. Commercial–Broadway is not the first station in the system to use the Spanish Solution however, as New Westminster used the Spanish Solution for about three years until the extension to Columbia was complete.

The lower level platforms served as the western terminus of the Millennium Line from 2002 until 2006 when the Millennium Line was extended west to VCC–Clark Station.

Prior to the October 22, 2016 SkyTrain network changes, Commercial–Broadway was one of three stations in the world where a line would pass the station twice in a pretzel configuration. The Millennium Line looped through both Platforms 1 & 2 and Platforms 3 & 4.

Station Upgrades

To overcome crowding issues on the upper level platforms and to improve efficiency, a new platform and new bridge was constructed and completed in early 2019.

Upgrades were done from 2008 to 2009 to improve the old Broadway side. Works included a new entrance at 10th Avenue, relocation of the elevator from the north end to the south end, new glass panels, and new tiling work on the concourse. These upgrades were part of the Phase 1 upgrades to the station.

Phase 2 of the upgrades called for a new east platform serving westbound Expo Line trains, new pedestrian walkway over Broadway, permanent queuing system for the 99 B-Line, new elevators and escalators, expanded concourse and entrances, and overall station design such as lighting and new secured bike parking spaces for 70+ bikes. Work began in 2015 and were initially scheduled for completion in 2017, but were pushed back to fall 2018. Planned completion was moved again to early 2019 with an opening date announced on January 22, 2019.

From September 15 to October 1, 2017, construction began on the second overhead walkway across Broadway. The works involved lifting 30,000-pound steel trusses into place, which resulted in temporary lane closures on Broadway as well as the relocation of the 9 and 99 bus stops, in addition to minor delays to Expo Line services. Full road closures occurred on September 30 and October 1 on Broadway to lift remaining pieces into place.

Train testing for opening doors on both sides during revenue hours began on January 19th, 2019.

The new platform, Platform 5, opened on February 2, 2019. Expo Line trains bound for Waterfront open both doors to allow passengers to enter and exit on both sides. Other expanded areas of the station, such as the walkway expansion over the Grandview Cut, expanded Broadway concourse, and the new walkway over Broadway also opened on February 2.

Bus Routes

The station serves as the eastern terminus of the 99 B-Line, the busiest route in the system. In addition, local services connect at Commercial–Broadway with services loading on both E. Broadway and Commercial Drive.

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NightBus

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UBC

Bus Stop #50963 TransLink Buses bullet-b.pngTransLink Accessible bullet-b.png
Commercial Drive & E. Broadway

NightBus

Bus Stop #51221 TransLink Buses bullet-b.pngTransLink Accessible bullet-b.png
Commercial Drive & E. 10th Avenue

NightBus

Bus Stop #52102 TransLink SkyTrain Bus Bridge bullet-a.png TransLink Buses bullet-b.pngTransLink Accessible bullet-b.png
E. Broadway & Commercial Drive

NightBus

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Commercial Drive & N. Grandview Highway

  • Unloading Only:
    9 and 99

Station Layout

T
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Platform 5
Platform 3
Expo Line Expo Line towards Waterfront (Main Street–Science World)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Platform 4 Expo Line Expo Line towards King George (Nanaimo)
Expo Line Expo Line towards Production Way–University (Nanaimo)

S

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  • Transit information
  • Compass Ticket Vending Machines
  • Shops

T
Platform 1 Millennium Line Millennium Line towards VCC–Clark (VCC–Clark)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Platform 2 Millennium Line Millennium Line towards Lafarge Lake–Douglas (Renfrew)

X Restricted
Commercial–Broadway Station Exits
TransLink Buses bullet-b.pngTransLink Accessible bullet-b.pngTransLink Bike Rack bullet-b.png Commercial Drive
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  • TransLink Buses bullet-b.png Buses
  • Commercial Drive (The Drive) – Little Italy
  • Central Valley Greenway
TransLink Buses bullet-b.pngTransLink Accessible bullet-b.png E. Broadway (north)
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  • TransLink Buses bullet-b.png Buses
  • 99 B-Line 99 B-Line
  • Commercial Drive (The Drive) – Little Italy
TransLink Buses bullet-b.pngTransLink Accessible bullet-b.pngTransLink Bike Rack bullet-b.png E. Broadway (south)
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  • TransLink Buses bullet-b.png Buses
TransLink Accessible bullet-b.pngTransLink Bike Rack bullet-b.pngTransLink Bike Parkade bullet-b.png E. 10th Avenue
TransLink Expo Line bullet-a.png
  • Bike Parkade

First and Last Trains

Commercial–Broadway Station
Expo Line Logo-a.png Weekdays Saturdays Sundays/Holidays
First Train to Waterfront 5:30 a.m. 6:31 a.m. 7:31 a.m.
Last Train to Waterfront 1:09 a.m. 1:09 a.m. 12:09 a.m.
First Train to King George 5:42 a.m. 6:58 a.m. 7:58 a.m.
Last Train to King George 1:26 a.m. 1:26 a.m. 12:26 a.m.
First Train
to Production Way–University
5:46 a.m. 6:54 a.m. 7:54 a.m.
Last Train
to Production Way–University
12:43 a.m.
12:51 a.m. on Fridays
12:51 a.m. 11:43 a.m.
First Train to Edmonds
short turn service
9:06 a.m.
Last Train to Edmonds
short turn service
9:48 a.m.
First Train
to Lougheed Town Centre
late night service
12:53 a.m.
12:59 a.m. on Fridays
12:59 a.m. 11:53 a.m.
Last Train
to Lougheed Town Centre
late night service
1:21 a.m.
1:22 a.m. on Fridays
1:22 a.m. 12:21 a.m.
Millennium Line Logo-a.png Weekdays Saturdays Sundays
First Train to VCC–Clark 5:32 a.m. 6:31 a.m. 7:31 a.m.
Last Train to VCC–Clark 1:33 a.m. 1:33 a.m. 12:33 a.m.
First Train
to Lafarge Lake–Douglas
5:33 a.m. 6:32 a.m. 7:32 a.m.
Last Train
to Lafarge Lake–Douglas
1:24 a.m.
1:23 a.m. on Fridays
1:23 a.m. 12:24 a.m.
Last Train
to Lougheed Town Centre
late night service
1:31 a.m. 1:31 a.m. 12:31 a.m.

AM Peak Shuttle Service

One way shuttle service running between Commercial–Broadway and Waterfront during AM peak hours.

Commercial–Broadway to Waterfront
Expo Line Logo-a.png First Train Last Train
AM Peak Hours 7:18 a.m. 9:23 a.m.

Nearby Attractions

  • Rio Theatre
  • Commercial Drive (The Drive) – Little Italy

Station Maps

References

  1. Vancouver's Millennium Line Canadian Architect, retrieved 16-02-2019
  2. Commercial tboake.com, retrieved 16-02-2019
  3. Vancouver's busiest transit hub under consideration Canadian Consulting Engineer, retrieved 16-02-2019
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Airport branch ← Towards Waterfront Canada Line BridgeportTempletonSea Island CentreYVR–Airport
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Production Way branch ← Towards Waterfront Expo Line ColumbiaSappertonBraidMillennium Line Lougheed Town CentreMillennium Line Production Way–University
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Plans and Projects

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