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Metro Vancouver's SkyTrain stations to be upgraded

Construction has begun on safety and accessibility improvements at Metro Vancouver's Main Street-Science World Station in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The facility is the first of seven SkyTrain stations that will undergo safety and accessibility upgrades during the next three years.

The $164 million (in Canadian dollars) station upgrade project is being funded by the governments of Canada ($41 million), British Columbia ($83 million) and TransLink, Metro Vancouver's transportation authority ($40 million), Transport Canada officials said in a press release.

In addition to the Main Street-Science World Station, improvements will be completed at Metrotown, Commercial-Broadway, Scott Road, Surrey Central, New Westminster and Joyce-Collingwood stations. The work is slated for completion by 2016.

"These station upgrades will help to ensure the SkyTrain system can continue to serve demand as the population grows and more British Columbians switch from driving to more environmentally friendly choices like taking transit, cycling and walking," said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Mary Polak.

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