As part of our commitment to providing efficient, reliable and safe rapid transit service, we've been reinvesting in the SkyTrain system to ensure that it operates in a state of good repair for years to come. A number of construction projects and key system upgrades (including the installation of faregates) are underway and OnTrack is designed to provide customers with key information about how these improvements could affect access and in some cases SkyTrain service.
For escalator or elevator repair or closure information, please visit our Alerts page.
About the Projects
Each project, listed below, is designed to help keep the system in a state of good repair. Under each listing, you'll find detailed information about the work scheduled, the timing and most importantly, any impact the project might have on your trip.
Expo Line: Power Rail Replacement
What's happening: We're replacing about 34 kilometres of original power rail on the Expo Line. The power rail supplies SkyTrain vehicles with power, approximately 620 volts DC. Replacing the worn rail will also provide for future service increases and improved energy efficiency. Work began in May 2013 with the sections between Patterson and Scott Road stations, and between Waterfront and Stadium-Chinatown stations already completed. Work in 2015 between Stadium-Chinatown and Patterson stations will finish the project.
When: May 12, 2013 Sundays through Thursdays after 9 p.m. until further notice
- Work will happen overnight, Sundays through Thursdays, from approximately 9 p.m. to the start of service the next morning. Special circumstances (i.e. major events in downtown Vancouver) may result in delay or cancellation of work on some nights.
- Trains will single-track (run on the same track in alternating directions) between stations where work is happening.
- For details of upcoming service changes, please visit our Alerts page.
Main Street–Science World Station Upgrades
What's happening: Main Street–Science World is one of seven Expo Line stations and exchanges that are being upgraded to ensure SkyTrain will meet the needs of passengers and the region for years to come. The upgrades will improve station accessibility, capacity and safety and security. Main Street–Science World Station will remain open during construction but there will be some impacts to station access and SkyTrain service (i.e. shuttle train service).
To learn more about the station upgrades, please visit the Main Street–Science World Upgrades page.
When: Spring 2013 to summer 2015
- Spring 2014 to summer 2015: Effective May 18, 2014, the new east stationhouse is open and the west stationhouse is closed for construction. The west stationhouse will be closed until summer 2015.
Metrotown Station Upgrades
What's happening: Metrotown is one of seven Expo Line stations and exchanges that are being upgraded to ensure SkyTrain will meet the needs of passengers and the region for years to come. The upgrades will improve station accessibility, capacity and safety and security. Metrotown Station will remain open during construction but there will be some impacts to station access and SkyTrain service.
To learn more about the station upgrades, please visit the Metrotown Station Upgrades page.
When: Spring 2015 to fall 2017
Starting Feb. 26, 2015 and continuing until spring 2016, the elevator at Metrotown Station is out of service while we build three new elevators and the new Centre Stationhouse.
To provide access to Metrotown Station for people who require the use of an elevator, two bus shuttles will service the station.
- Passengers with disabilities can take a HandyDART shuttle between the Metrotown and Patterson Station HandyDART stops.
- Passengers travelling with strollers can take a Community Shuttle to Metrotown Station from Patterson or Royal Oak Stations.
- The shuttles will run approximately every 15 to 20 minutes during the following times:
- Monday to Friday: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Saturday: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Sundays & holidays: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Please note: Demand for the shuttles is expected to be high; passengers taking the services should allow for extra time when planning their travel, especially during peak periods.