Scott Road SkyTrain station upgrades complete
TransLink says the upgrades to Scott Road SkyTrain Station include a new elevator that would eliminate the necessity for customers with disabilities to cab from one end of the station to the other end that had an elevator. (MICHAEL MUI/ 24 HOURS)
Freshly finished Scott Road SkyTrain station upgrades worth $6.9 million mean people with disabilities will no longer have to taxi from one end of the station to the other because of the lack of an elevator.
The distance — really just a matter of metres — used to be prohibitive for customers who can’t use escalators or stairs since the heavily used 120th Street bisects the east and west stationhouses of the Surrey transit hub, according to TransLink project manager Graeme Wilson.
The only reasonable way to cross for a pedestrian would be to go up onto the platform, but that was impossible for some stuck on the side without an elevator.
“Commonly what happened before is people would phone taxis to pick them up and actually transfer them to the east station so people could actually get up to the platform level,” Wilson said.
But an elevator is now in place, as part of upgrades to seven Expo Line stations that also added a reworked bus loop, better shelters that have new LED lights installed. The upgrade design, according to TransLink board chairwoman Marcella Szel, is noticeably reliant on glass as part of a strategy of crime prevention through infrastructure design, so the place looks more welcoming and safe.
CEO Ian Jarvis said the next station to have upgrades finished, as part of the total $164-million Expo Line project, is the Main Street SkyTrain Station.
TransLink vice-president Bob Paddon said part of the work would be to determine whether to move to five-car trains — the current Expo SkyTrains are four-car — since the upgrades also extend station platforms to fit longer vehicles.
He said a decision on longer trains wouldn’t be made until after new transit funding is decided.