Construction has begun on a new Canada Line SkyTrain station that will help deliver better transit to the City of Richmond and the Capstan Village area.
Capstan Station will be built in the area of No. 3 Road and Capstan Way. It will be located between the existing Bridgeport and Aberdeen stations. The station will be integrated with the nearby roads and buildings, and will meet the city’s objectives for the area, such as developing connected, transit-oriented neighbourhoods.
“Capstan Station will be the cornerstone of making Capstan Village centred around zero-emission, fast, and reliable transit,” says Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “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 $52 million Capstan Station will have these additional features compared to existing Canada Line stations:
- Dual escalator sets,
- A larger concourse,
- Increased platform length and waiting space,
- Commercial retail space,
- Public art.
In addition, there will be a public plaza, consisting of a commercial retail unit next to the ticket area at the station’s single, south-facing entrance, bike lockers, public art and bright lighting.
“Fast, frequent, reliable, and accessible transit is the best way to build strong communities,” says TransLink CEO Kevin Quinn. “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.”
This $52 million investment is cost-shared primarily by the City of Richmond which raised $32 million from developers through voluntary contributions, and TransLink.
Capstan Station is scheduled to open sometime in 2023 and will provide easier access for commuters travelling between Bridgeport and Aberdeen stations.