Lights going out on Canada Line

Many lightbulbs are out at the Richmond-Brighouse Canada Line station, as photos taken last week show.   -
Many lightbulbs are out at the Richmond-Brighouse Canada Line station, as photos taken last week show.
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Richmond's five-year-old Canada Line stations are getting darker, as more and more lightbulbs are ceasing to produce light.

Richmond resident Gary Cross recently sent a series of photographs to The Richmond Review, revealing few lights high above the ground at Richmond-Brighouse Station are actually on. Cross said the situation is the same day or night, and Lansdowne Station is suffering from the same problem.

"I feel like it's a dark and distressed area now," he said. "You have a large swath of darkness where the lightbulbs have burnt out, and it appears little serious effort has been applied to making the stations better lit, more friendly looking."

Cross said temporary fixes have been applied—with orange extension cords powering some auxiliary lamps hanging in the station.

"It's gone from a beautiful and bright spot in our neighbourhood to a very dark, dingy and distressed area."

Protrans BC, the private operator of the Canada Line, is responsible for maintenance of the stations. TransLink, the transportation authority in Metro Vancouver that contracts the operator, referred The Richmond Review to Protrans last Friday, but no response was received by press time.

Noting the height of the station's ceiling from the ground and the difficult access to the light fixtures, Cross questioned design of the $2.2-billion Canada Line's stations and wondered if other maintenance work is being left undone.

"I'm guessing when they designed the stations, they went on the cheap and didn't think things through to the end," he said. "My concern as a taxpayer is ProTrans should be doing the maintenance work that they were contracted to do and agreed to do."

Coun. Chak Au, a regular Canada Line rider, said if there's a maintenance problem with the stations, it should be corrected right away.

"Lighting is really to do with safety. I can imagine if you don't have sufficient light … accidents can happen. When lighting is not enough, people might miss a step or run into something," said Au. "I don't think this is acceptable."

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