Monday, May 10, 2010

Construction on 7th Ave LRT Enters Final Phase

The City of Calgary broke ground on the final phase of the downtown CTrain station redevelopment – bringing the 7 Avenue Refurbishment project one step closer to completion.

The final phase includes the two “gateway” stations on the east and west ends of downtown. These twinned stations will have platforms on both sides of 7 Avenue and will be both visually attractive and functional. It will also include the permanent closure of 3 Street S.E. and Olympic Plaza stations.

The final phase’s details were unveiled at an official celebration on May 7th, which included maps, models, speeches and a time capsule, set to be opened in 2040. It’s been almost 30 years since the first leg of the Calgary LRT opened and in 30 years the time capsule will be opened to commemorate this phase of construction.

To date five stations have been completed downtown: 1 Street S.W., 7 Street S.W., 6 Street S.W., 8 Street S.W. and 3 Street S.W. The 4 Street S.W. Station is now under construction and is expected to be finished in early 2011.

Three levels of government have participated in the modernization of the transportation corridor, each providing funding and expertise. Overall, this project has improved the levels accessibility, safety and comfort that riders will experience while using the CTrain system.

Hear and see more about this project in the video below.

** An artist rendition of the future look of 4 St SW Station **

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