OTTAWA, Dec. 8, 2012 /CNW/ - The Downtown West-Kerby Station will open
for Transit service on Monday, December 10, 2012, which marks the
completion of the 7 Avenue LRT Corridor Refurbishment Project.
Construction began in 2007 on 10 new stations to replace aging CTrain
stations and sidewalks in the downtown area in order to improve
customer service and accommodate four-car trains. In addition to
constructing new stations, with sidewalks integrated directly from
adjacent buildings onto each platform, corridor upgrades created a more
pedestrian friendly environment with wider sidewalks, improved
lighting, and enhanced streetscapes between stations.
The opening of the Downtown West-Kerby Station ties the downtown
corridor into the new West LRT line, which also opens for service on
December 10, 2012.
These improvements to Calgary's transit system would not have been
possible without a strong partnership between the Government of Canada,
the Province of Alberta and the City of Calgary, which all made
significant contributions to the project.
The total cost of the 7 Avenue Corridor Refurbishment Project is
estimated at $183.3 million. The Government of Canada is providing
$79.8 million, the Government of Alberta has committed $89.9 million
and the City of Calgary is contributing $13.6 million.
"The Government of Canada invested in this project to expand the Calgary
West LRT line," said Rob Anders, Member of Parliament for Calgary West.
"The new LRT stations will increase transportation across the City and
help Calgarians reach their destinations."
"This funding is a tangible and lasting demonstration of the Alberta
government's commitment to supporting municipalities, economic
development, transportation safety, and quality of life for Calgarians,
" said Alberta Transportation Minister Ric McIver. "We are pleased and
proud to support Calgary's work to expand public transit options within
the city through this project, and through all phases of the CTrain's
development and expansion."
"The primary focus of this project was to replace aging LRT stations in
the downtown corridor between 4 Street S.E. and 11 Street S.W., which
are some of the most heavily used LRT stations in the Transit system,"
says Alderman John Mar, whose Ward 8 includes the downtown area.
There are over 23,000 LRT trips daily along the 7 Avenue free fare zone
and approximately 185,000 trips in and out of Calgary's downtown daily.
Onward/By 2036, peak period transit, walking and cycling, and carpool travel
to downtown will increase by 50, 40 and 20 per cent respectively.
SOURCE: Government of Canada
For further information:
Federal government media contact:
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
Transport Canada, Ottawa
Government of Alberta media contact:
Parker Hogan, Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Transportation
City of Calgary media contact: