Friday, March 12, 2010

Third Street S.W. CTrain station opens for business

The new Third Street S.W. CTrain station opened for business today. The platform is the fourth to open as part of the Seventh Avenue Refurbishment project with Fourth Street S.W. expected to be completed early in 2011.

Featuring better lighting and improved accessibility to both Transit and surrounding buildings, the station has been the most anticipated in the downtown to date because of its proximity to popular commercial and business centres.

“This particular station is the hub of the downtown LRT corridor and is our busiest station with about 16,000 users per day,” said Mac Logan, Director of Transportation Infrastructure.

The new station is a first for the Refurbishment project in that it integrates storefronts with the platform. The City worked closely with 20 Vic Property Management to coordinate the renovations resulting in a complimentary streetscape.

The Refurbishment project is intended to improve the functionality of the corridor as well as its aesthetic appeal. In addition to new platforms, corridor upgrades include streetscape and sidewalk improvements, upgrades to street furnishings, modified bus bays and tree planting.

According to Logan, the completion of Third Street station marks the midpoint for the reconstruction of the corridor, with the next phase being to improve stations on the east and west ends of downtown.

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