Capstan Station will not alleviate Richmond transit congestion problems

New developments near Capstan Way call for another Canada Line Station, but will increase train back-ups

With the addition of another skytrain station at Richmond’s Capstan Way and No. 3 Rd., current back-ups on the Canada Line will likely become worse.

During a council meeting on Tuesday, TransLink requested for the City of Richmond to spend money – originally meant to fund road work – on the new station that will fall between Aberdeen and Bridgeport Station. The $25 million station is now crucial as new condo developments in the Capstan area are expected to greatly congest the area.

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Chris Bryan, Translink’s senior media relations advisor, said the Capstan Station will be North America’s first publicly funded station and is necessary to compensate for the area’s expected population growth.

“This project has been in the works for years, and new stages commence when certain amounts [of funds] are hit,” Bryan said. “Residents would have to go out of their way to get to a currently built station so this project will make life much easier for a lot of people.”

The Canada Line was originally designed with room to construct four additional stations in case of an increase in population near the Line. Developers Polygon Homes, Concord Pacific and Pinnacle Properties agreed to pay $7,800 for each of the housing units they build in the area. Since September of this year, the City has collected $19.36 million in developer contributions toward funding the station.

In a Metro Vancouver meeting on Nov. 3, Richmond city councillor, Harold Steves said Richmond is in need of more forms of transit, not more transit stations as increased transit will be able to support an increasing population while more stations will only cause additional congestion on the city’s current forms of transit. The city’s approval would fully fund the station by spring, 2018 versus the originally anticipated 15-year time frame according to the City of Richmond’s website, and construction would be finished by 2022.

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