Sapperton station

Coordinates: 49°13′28″N 122°53′23″W / 49.22443°N 122.88964°W / 49.22443; -122.88964
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SkyTrain station
Platform level at Sapperton station
General information
Location20 Spruce Street, New Westminster
Coordinates49°13′28″N 122°53′23″W / 49.22443°N 122.88964°W / 49.22443; -122.88964
Owned byTransLink
PlatformsSide platforms
Structure typeElevated
ArchitectHancock Bruckner Eng & Wright
Other information
Station codeSA
Fare zone2
OpenedJanuary 2, 2002
Rank45 of 53
Preceding station TransLink Following station
towards Waterfront
Expo Line
Lougheed branch
Keary Street entrance
Spruce Street entrance

Sapperton is an elevated station on the Expo Line of Metro Vancouver's SkyTrain rapid transit system. The station is located on Brunette Avenue, above a Canadian Pacific rail right-of-way in the Sapperton neighbourhood in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada. Located nearby is the Royal Columbian Hospital. TransLink's head offices are also located within the vicinity of the station.[2]


The station was opened in 2002 as part of the original Millennium Line project. Before the first phase of the line was completed, a short spur from Columbia station was opened in eastern New Westminster as a test track; this spur included Sapperton and Braid stations.

In 2004, work was done on the platform tiles to make the surface less slippery.[3]

In 2016, SkyTrain service was reconfigured in anticipation of the opening of the Evergreen Extension; as a result, Millennium Line service was discontinued at Sapperton station. Since October 22, 2016, Sapperton has been served by an Expo Line branch with service between Waterfront and Production Way–University stations.[4]

Structure and design[edit]

Sapperton station was designed by the architecture firm Hancock Bruckner Eng & Wright[5] and, like all stations constructed as part of the original Millennium Line, has a unique design. The elevated station contains a mezzanine level connected to the platform level by stairs, escalators and elevators. There are two side platforms, separated by an artwork wheel. There was previously a stationary bike on the mezzanine level which would rotate the artwork wheel when ridden, but it was removed after it was vandalized.[citation needed]

Station information[edit]

Station layout[edit]

C Concourse level
  • Overhead walkway connects to the station from Keary Street
  • Compass vending machines and fare gates
T Side platform; doors will open on the right
Platform 1
 Expo Line towards Waterfront (Columbia)
Platform 2
 Expo Line towards Production Way–University (Braid)
Side platform; doors will open on the right
S Street level Spruce Street entrance/exit


Sapperton station is served by one official entrance. It is located at the northeast end of the station. This entrance is connected to ground level by a walkway over Brunette Avenue that exits on Keary Street, across from the Royal Columbian Hospital.[6]

A second, unofficial entrance is at the south end of the station and is not wheelchair accessible. This entrance is technically an emergency exit that leads down from platform 1,[7] but people commonly use it as a safe way to access the station from Spruce Street, which is next to the station but not accessible using the main entrance. TransLink nevertheless installed Compass card readers at the site.[8]

Transit connections[edit]

Sapperton station is not served directly by any bus routes. Connections can be made to the 109 bus route, a short walk from the station at the intersection of Columbia Street and Keary Street:

Stop number Routes


  1. ^ "2022 Transit Service Performance Review – SkyTrain Stations Summaries". TransLink. April 27, 2023. Archived from the original on May 15, 2023. Retrieved May 15, 2023.
  2. ^ "TransLink General Contact Information". Archived from the original on 2020-11-11. Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  3. ^ "TransLink to modify flooring at Sapperton SkyTrain station". July 19, 2004. Archived from the original on December 7, 2004. Retrieved March 1, 2021.
  4. ^ "Changes Coming to SkyTrain October 22". TransLink. September 19, 2016. Retrieved September 19, 2016.
  5. ^ Taggart, Jim (July 1, 2001). "Vancouver's Millennium Line". Canadian Architect. Archived from the original on March 31, 2019. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  6. ^ TransLink. Sapperton Station Entrance Location (PDF) (Map). Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  7. ^ TransLink BC [@TransLink] (February 25, 2019). "Technically it is an emergency exit/entrance but people have been using this door as a safe way to get to Spruce street hence the installation of the card reader.^kv" (Tweet). Retrieved March 3, 2019 – via Twitter.
  8. ^ TransLink BC [@TransLink] (February 24, 2019). "You can use the door to get to Spruce street. The Card reader was installed for people using this door so that they would have valid fare as they would be in a fare paid zone. Hope this answers your question.^kv" (Tweet). Retrieved March 3, 2019 – via Twitter.