I've been contemplating the various possible routes to this destination since the second day of my arrival. The SkyTrain enables one to reach Metrotown from Richmond by first travelling to Waterfront station in downtown on the Canada Line and transferring to the eastbound Expo Line. This trip would span a total of fifty minutes.
Other options would involve riding the SkyTrain to Oakridge-41st Avenue or Langara-49th Avenue and hopping on an eastbound bus. Depending on bus and train frequency, the combined SkyTrain and bus option had the potential to be fifteen to twenty minutes quicker.
It eventually pulled in with a delay of approximately six minutes, and somehow managed to surpass the other 49 bus in front during the excursion.
My first visit to the West Coast franchise had been remarkably positive, so I had been hoping for the same experience. The store was void of any customers when I made my entrance, which explained the absence of any staff members behind the counter. This situation didn't persist though - a friendly, cheerful girl soon appeared from the back to assist me.
A small lineup had formed near the stall, but in contrast to the Aberdeen Square location, it moved very quickly. From what could be seen from the other side of the counter, there were three members of staff crafting drink orders and one member handling the cashier. This number was identical to that of Aberdeen's, except I noticed that there were no stern-faced manager-like authorities present at Crystal Mall.
It hadn't exactly occurred to me that I was now travelling in the midst of rush hour. There was a moderate amount of traffic on the Expo Line, but the Canada Line was as packed as crowded as could be. Limited space was available for breathing, let alone seating to relive me of my sore feet.
Vancouver's Canada and Expo Lines can be compared to TTC's Line 1 and Line 2 respectively, with the exception that the Expo Line was a tad more cramped, was less grimy, and remained properly ventilated throughout the journey. Both SkyTrain routes allowed access to satellite and cellular networks, whereas TTC only functioned with particular service providers.
That said, I declare my first-hand BC transit study to come to a close for the day. Further research shall be conducted during my stay.