Metrotown SkyTrain Station and Exchange Upgrades

Location: Burnaby, British Columbia

Metrotown is the second busiest station in the network and one of the original Expo Line stations opened in 1986. The project set out to address the significant capacity, congestion and accessibility issues in both the station and adjacent bus exchange.

The Metrotown Skytrain Station and Exchange is now twice the size of the original station and includes three new Station Houses, eight escalators, three glass elevators, a mezzanine with stairs, four new points of access to the platform, two 250’ long roof trusses above the guideway, three station vestibules, three ancillary buildings, bike storage and a plaza with landscaping and furnishings for the complete length of the station. Upgrades also include the first public washroom in the SkyTrain network and extensive service upgrades to the station including operating systems, Hydro, sewer, and water.

The very definition of a project executed in a live environment, the Metrotown site team managed an average 50,000 passengers every day and worked countless night shifts to successfully tackle changes and challenges and turn over the station as scheduled, meeting TransLink’s objectives.

Contract Value

$49.7 million

Prime Consultant

VIA Architecture

Project Owner


Contract Format

Construction Management at Risk

Completion Date

March 2018

Contract Duration

39 months