Worried about mail theft? SkyTrain is launching a new smart locker service so you can pick up a package on the go.
But it won't be immediately available at the Tri-Cities' six Evergreen Extension stations.
Starting this spring, SkyTrain riders will be able to have packages sent to lockers at at three SkyTrain stations: Joyce-Collingwood, Stadium-Chinatown and Commercial Broadway.
“Having secure lockers for pick-ups at transit stations will reduce unnecessary trips and simplify the lives of our customers,” said TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond in a press release.
Anyone interested in using the new service needs to first sign up on the PigeonBox website or app. From there, you’ll receive a mailing address for any online purchases you want to pick up while you’re en route to and from school or work.
Once you finish placing an order, you’ll be provided with a locker number and access code to open the smart locker and access your mail.
The smart lockers will run as part of a one-year pilot program. If it’s successful, noted the release, it could continue and expand.
The smart lockers are a result of an open call put out in 2019 to innovate and improve rider experience along the transit network. Of the 45 ideas that made it to the competitions shortlist, the company PigeonBox and its smart locker service won.
In the past, open call winners have included partnerships with a carpooling company and a shared mobility program with carshare companies. TransLink said it will present other winning ideas in the coming months.