Working with TransLink on the Commercial–Broadway Station upgrades

Commercial-Broadway Station

Photo courtesy of TransLink.

TransLink’s Commercial–Broadway Station is receiving a major renovation and expansion to improve capacity, safety, and comfort inside the station. As per the Notice of Railway Works Construction or Alteration Information Bulletin, Technical Safety BC has been working with TransLink to ensure the Commercial-Broadway Station upgrades are designed to the necessary standards that address public and passenger safety.

Commercial–Broadway Station is SkyTrain’s busiest station, with 90,000 station trips per day on the Expo and Millennium Lines, 60,000 bus trips per day using the 99 B-Line, and two other frequent transit bus routes.

The current upgrade (Phase 2) underway includes:

  • new east platform serving westbound Expo Line trains
  • new pedestrian walkway over Broadway, connecting the platform to the Millennium Line platforms (Ticket Concourse level) and the westbound 99 B-Line stop
  • permanent queuing system and bus shelter for the 99 B-Line stop
  • widening of the walkway that provides access to the north station platforms (Platforms 1 and 2)
  • two new elevators
  • four new up and down escalators
  • expanded Broadway concourse
  • widened Broadway entrances to the Broadway Station
  • new retail spaces in Broadway Station
  • replacement of mesh panels with glazed panels at platform level
  • improved lighting design
  • new bike parkade that will accommodate 70+ bikes.

The life safety systems that Technical Safety BC’s Railway Safety Program oversees at SkyTrain stations include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Fire and Life Safety Systems (FLSS) Public Address System
  • platform information displays / platform light emitting diode sign (PLEDs)
  • emergency train stop system and platform emergency stop buttons (PESB)
  • fire protection systems (Fire Control Panel Integration and public address system)
  • security system (door contacts, coiling grill, etc.)
  • fare gate operation (emergency failsafe open)
  • control room systems
  • platform emergency equipment
  • emergency telephones
  • CCTV cameras and station lighting: improving station lighting and security cameras to deter criminal behavior and enhance safety, thereby reducing overall risk to people, operations, assets and infrastructure
  • platform intrusion detection systems: a system that monitors network traffic for suspicious activity and issues alerts when such activity is discovered
  • power distribution systems: blue light stations are installed at all stations throughout the system and are designed to de-energize power to the track area when activated during an emergency situation. A Power Rail Platform Side Safety Risk Management Plan is also reviewed
  • passenger egress: effective passenger traffic flow system to reduce risk of over-crowding which can limit operational capacity and cause service reliability issues.

Technical Safety BC also oversees the installation and certification of the elevators and escalators at all SkyTrain stations.

The processes for construction or alteration of railway works within British Columbia are defined in Part 3 of the Railway Act (BC), Railway Safety Act (Canada), and Notice of Railway Works Regulation. Each provincial railway is required to meet the obligations set out by the above legislation and submit the required information to Technical Safety BC before commencing any construction or alteration of railway works. For more information read the Notice of Railway Works Construction or Alteration Information Bulletin.

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