Commercial–Broadway station

Commercial–Broadway (formerly two separate stations, Broadway and Commercial Drive) is a rapid transit station complex in Metro Vancouver's SkyTrain system in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It serves an elevated portion of the Expo Line and a below-grade portion of the Millennium Line. It is a major transit hub, with the third-highest number of boardings of any SkyTrain station, and a terminus of the region's busiest bus route, the 99 B-Line.

Commercial–Broadway
Translinkexpo.svg Translinkmillennium.svg
SkyTrain station
Commercial-Broadway station.jpg
Commercial-Broadway station viewed from the east
Location2550 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Coordinates49°15′45″N 123°04′08″W / 49.26250°N 123.06889°W / 49.26250; -123.06889Coordinates: 49°15′45″N 123°04′08″W / 49.26250°N 123.06889°W / 49.26250; -123.06889
Owned byBC Transit, BC Ministry of Transportation, TransLink
Platforms2 centre platforms
1 side platform
Tracks4 (2 on each level)
ConnectionsTranslinkbus.svg 99 B-Line
Construction
Structure typeBelow-grade and elevated
Platform levels2
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeBW, CM
Fare zone1
History
OpenedDecember 11, 1985 (Expo Line)
August 31, 2002 (Millennium Line)
Rebuilt2002, 2008–09, 2015–19
Previous namesBroadway (1985–2009)
Commercial Drive (2002–2009)
Passengers
2019[1]8,103,000 Decrease 0.5%
Rank3 of 53
Services
Preceding station   TransLink   Following station
toward Waterfront
Expo Line
Terminus
Millennium Line
Platform 4 trains travel outbound on the Expo Line.
Platform 5 provides real-time arrival information for inbound Expo Line trains.
Concourse located on the north side of East Broadway
Platforms 1 and 2 are located in the Grandview Cut and provide Millennium Line service.

The station was formed by the merging on the previously separate Broadway and Commercial Drive stations in 2009. In February 2019, a third platform was opened in the Broadway segment of the station to increase capacity for Waterfront station–bound Expo Line service in anticipation of increased station traffic resulting from various initiatives, including the opening of the Evergreen stations on the Millennium Line.

LocationEdit

Commercial–Broadway station is located just east of the intersection of East Broadway and Commercial Drive in East Vancouver, on the outskirts of Vancouver's Little Italy district. Part of the station is elevated over East Broadway, while another section is located deep within the Grandview Cut south of Grandview Highway North. The two sections are connected via a pedestrian overpass that crosses East Broadway.

HistoryEdit

Commercial–Broadway station is a merger of two existing stations: Broadway station on the Expo Line and Commercial Drive station on the Millennium Line.

Broadway station was built in 1985 on the original Expo Line. It has been one of the system's busiest stations and in 2002 became a transfer point to the Millennium Line via the connected Commercial Drive station.

Commercial Drive station was built in 2002 as the temporary terminus of the first segment of the Millennium Line, with connections to the Expo Line's Broadway station. The Millennium Line has since been extended westward, and out of the Grandview Cut, by 0.75 kilometres (0.47 mi), to terminate at VCC–Clark station.

In November 2008, renovations began on Broadway station, including the addition of a new entrance on the south side of the station from 10th Avenue, the replacement and relocation of the station's elevator, and the refitting of the original metal mesh paneling on the ground level with glass.[2] These upgrades were completed in October 2009.[3]

Both stations were formally merged and renamed on September 7, 2009, due to concern over potential confusion with Broadway–City Hall station of the then-new Canada Line.[4] Commercial Drive became platforms 1 and 2 of the new station, while Broadway became platforms 3 and 4.

Prior to October 22, 2016, the station was one of only four in the world where the same metro line (in this case, the Millennium Line) ran through a station twice in a pretzel configuration, the others being the Serdika and Serdika II stations on the Sofia Metro in Sofia, Bulgaria, the Monument Metro station on the Tyne and Wear Metro in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, and Voorweg RandstadRail station on the Randstadrail in The Hague, Netherlands.

UpgradesEdit

In conjunction with the Evergreen Extension project, major upgrades at the station began in the second quarter of 2015 to accommodate increased passenger volumes and enhance the passenger environment. Originally scheduled to be completed by mid-2017,[5] these upgrades were completed and opened to the public on February 2, 2019.[6][7] The upgrades include:[8]

  • A new platform (platform 5) to the east of platforms 3 and 4, which improves passenger traffic on those platforms by providing extra platform capacity for Waterfront station–bound Expo trains in anticipation of increased traffic at the station owing to initiatives such as the opening of the Evergreen stations on the Millennium Line.[9] Waterfront-bound trains at this station open their doors on both sides, allowing all-door boarding and alighting.[10]
  • Added weather protection and amenities for bus passenger waiting areas.
  • Access improvements within the station, including upgraded passageways, vertical movement, and entrances.
  • A new pedestrian plaza for the portion of the station south of Broadway.
  • A new bike parkade which accommodates up to 42 bicycles.

ServicesEdit

  • Commercial–Broadway station is a major connection point for TransLink bus routes that run along Broadway, including the 9 bus and the 99 B-Line, an articulated express bus with limited stops and direct access to the University of British Columbia.
  • There is an A&W, a Shoppers Drug Mart, and a Blenz Coffee at ground level.
  • Prior to the upgrading of Broadway station between 2008 and 2009, the station contained the "Broadway Smoke Shoppe", "The Exchange", and the "Vancouver Ticket Centre", three small convenience and retail outlets introduced as part of a retail program established with the opening of SkyTrain in 1986.

Station informationEdit

Station layoutEdit

T Side platform; doors will open on the right
Platform 5
Inbound
Platform 3

 Expo Line towards Waterfront (Main Street–Science World)
Island platform; doors will open on the left
Platform 4
Outbound
     Expo Line towards King George and Production Way–University (Nanaimo)
S Street
(North)
Commercial Drive, Broadway (north) entrances
Compass vending machines, ATM, shops, fare gates
Street
(South)
Broadway (south), 10th Avenue entrances
Compass vending machines, fare gates
T Platform 1
Inbound
 Millennium Line towards VCC–Clark (Terminus)
Island platform; doors will open on the left
Platform 2
Outbound
     Millennium Line towards Lafarge Lake–Douglas (Renfrew)
X   Restricted area

EntrancesEdit

  • Commercial Drive and Broadway (north) entrance  : located at the northeast corner of Broadway and Commercial Drive intersection, opened in 2002 in conjunction with the opening of Millennium Line. Passenger can enter the station from both the westbound (north) side of Broadway and southbound side of Commercial Drive. This entrance provides both up/down escalators and elevators to all 4 platforms, although both escalators serving platforms 1 and 2 may turn to the peak direction of travel during rush hours.
  • Broadway (south) entrance  : the original entrance for the station, located at the southeast corner of the intersection, north end of platforms 3 and 4. The entrance opens toward the eastbound (south) side of Broadway. Escalators and elevators connect the street level with platforms 3 and 4. To access platforms 1 and 2, passenger must cross Broadway or use the overhead walkway to the Commercial Drive entrance.
  • 10th Avenue entrance  : the newest entrance for the station, opened in 2009. The entrance is located at the south end of platforms 3 and 4, sharing the station house with Broadway entrance.

Transit connectionsEdit

 
99 B-Line with service to UBC

Bus routes:[11]

  • The following routes travel westbound on Broadway, with stop in front of the Broadway (north) entrance of the station:
    • 9 UBC / Alma / To Granville
    • 99 B-Line UBC
    • N9 Downtown NightBus
  • Transit service travelling eastbound on Broadway is located near the Broadway (south) entrance:
    • 9 Boundary
    • 99 B-Line To Boundary B-Line
    • N9 Coquitlam Station NightBus
  • The following routes travel southbound on Commercial Drive, with stops on both north and south side of Broadway intersection:
    • 20 Victoria / Victoria to 54th
    • N20 Victoria NightBus
  • Northbound transit service on Commercial Drive stops north of the Broadway intersection only, near the Commercial Drive entrance:
    • 20 Downtown
    • N20 Downtown NightBus
    • Drop off for 9 and 99 Commercial Broadway Station

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2019 Transit Service Performance Review – SkyTrain Stations Ranked by Annual Boardings" (PDF). translink.ca. TransLink. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 13, 2020. Retrieved June 5, 2021.
  2. ^ "Broadway Station gets an upgrade". TransLink. November 4, 2008. Archived from the original on November 7, 2017. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  3. ^ "The new Commercial-Broadway elevator is now open!". TransLink. October 16, 2009. Archived from the original on November 7, 2017. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  4. ^ "Two SkyTrain stations get one new name". Buzzer Blog. August 27, 2009. Retrieved August 29, 2009.
  5. ^ Hewitt, Jessica (August 26, 2016). "99 bus stop at Commercial–Broadway returns to its original home". The Buzzer Blog. TransLink. Archived from the original on September 2, 2016. Retrieved September 10, 2016.
  6. ^ "Commercial–Broadway Station Upgrades". translink.ca. TransLink. Archived from the original on April 2, 2018. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  7. ^ Chan, Kenneth (January 21, 2019). "Commercial-Broadway Station's new additional platform to open on February 2". Daily Hive. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  8. ^ "Moving Forward: Improving Metro Vancouver's Transportation Network". TransLink. October 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-12-22. Retrieved 2011-11-17.
  9. ^ "Expo Line Upgrade Strategy". translink.ca. TransLink. Archived from the original on January 5, 2019. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
  10. ^ "All-door boarding coming to Commercial–Broadway SkyTrain station!". The Buzzer. TransLink. January 22, 2019. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  11. ^ TransLink (October 2018). Commercial–Broadway Station (PDF) (Map). Retrieved January 23, 2019.