Friday, January 11, 2013

Chinook Station closes on Monday

As of Monday, Jan. 14, Chinook Station will be closed for approximately eight months to facilitate the safe removal of the existing station building and replacement of the CTrain platform. During this closure the CTrain will continue to run on the line through this location but the train will not stop and customers will not be able to board or disembark at the Chinook Station.

Customers who want to access the Chinook area can take a shuttle bus from 39 Avenue Station. A shuttle bus from Heritage Station was considered but a more frequent service from the 39 Avenue station is shorter and reduces congestion on Macleod Trail in that area.

With the closure of the station, the bus terminal at Chinook Station has been moved to 3 Street S.W. between 59 Avenue and 61 Avenue. This location will function as the central terminal for all routes in that area and for shuttles to the mall and 39 Avenue Station.

The new Chinook Station will have at-grade access to the platform, a new sloped walkway, a glass canopy over the platform, heated shelters at the bus terminal and on the platform and an extended platform that will accommodate four-car CTrains.

Stations that still require platform extensions are Rundle, Marlborough, Franklin, Calgary Zoo, Bridgeland, Barlow/Max Bell, Lion’s Park, Anderson, Stampede, 39 Avenue, Banff Trail and University.

Below are conceptual renderings of what Chinook Station will look like when it is complete.

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