Vancouver SeaBus terminal gets major upgrade

Monday, May 7, 2018

The SeaBus terminal at the Waterfront Station transit hub in downtown Vancouver will be seismically upgraded and expanded as part of TransLink’s maintenance and repair program. The upgrades are estimated to cost about $17 million, its largest retrofit in its 42-year history.

Improvements for the SeaBus Waterfront Terminal include:

  • Four replacement escalators, one replacement elevator and a new elevator.
  • A new staircase to make it easier to transfer to SkyTrain at Waterfront Station and improve passenger flow during peak times.
  • An extension with a new entrance and Compass Vending Machine for customers accessing SeaBus from HeliJet or Waterfront Road.

“Our system is aging and it is absolutely imperative that we make significant investments in maintaining a state of good repair. These upgrades to the SeaBus terminal will provide a much needed refresh that will improve safety and accessibility for the more than 17,000 people who ride SeaBus each day,” said Kevin Desmond, CEO, TransLink.

The project kicks off this year’s TransLink Maintenance and Repair Program, TransLink’s annual investment in repairing, replacing and improving aging infrastructure across the system to keep customers safe, comfortable and moving across a reliable transit network every day.

The SeaBus terminal was built in 1976. In 2017 alone, 5.84 million passengers passed through on their travels between downtown Vancouver and the North Shore – a 7.3 per cent increase over 2016.

Work will begin at the end of this month and is expected to be complete in 15 months.

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