Upgrades to the Lonsdale Quay Exchange are nearly complete and entering the final phase of construction.
The improvements will enhance the experience of a growing number of customers coming in and out of the exchange each day, TransLink said.
This is the first upgrade to the exchange since it was built in the 1980s.
Construction begins next week on the west side of the bus exchange, opening the upgraded east side to customers.
The improvements include a new pavement, better lighting, more space, better accessibility, and tactile walking surface indicators.
The upgrades are projected for completion in the spring of this year. Some key improvements include:
Adapted bus bays for the R2 Marine Drive RapidBus
New pavement throughout the exchange and the passenger hub
Improved accessibility for wheelchairs and strollers
A new ceiling above the exchange to provide better lighting
Tactile walking surface indicators at bus stops and passenger crossings for customers with vision loss
New public art installation
The $14.7 million budget for improvements is paid for through contributions from the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia, and TransLink.
Lonsdale Quay Exchange is the second busiest transit hub on the North Shore. Over 5,000 customers catch a bus at the exchange on an average weekday .
As many as 12 bus routes serve the exchange travelling to Vancouver, West Vancouver and the District and City of North Vancouver, and 20,000 SeaBus trips are taken each weekday.