Wednesday, September 21, 2011

City Hall LRT station open

On Monday, Sept 19, the new City Hall "Gateway Station" along 7 Avenue opened for revenue service. 

Riders were greeted by City staffers with hot coffee and yummy apples and scones on a drizzly morning. The station had seen a temporary opening during The Calgary Stampede to help with traffic but was closed afterward to allow work to continue.

The stations reopening allows for passenger traffic while final construction phases are finished. The City Hall stations are composed of twinned platforms on the north and south sides of 7 Avenue between 3 Street S.E. and northbound Macleod Trail. 

This open, well lit area increases area safety and pedestrian appeal. The platforms are being integrated into the Calgary Public Library and the Calgary Police Administrative building on the north side, and City Hall to the south.  

Similar stations are being constructed on the west end of downtown between 10 Street and 11 Street S.W. The east and west stations on 7 Avenue will become the gateways into and out of the downtown core, connecting Fort Calgary and the East Village with Millennium Park, and eventually, the new West LRT line.

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