Evergreen Line is Go!

With two new boys in my life, I wasn’t able to step away from home to experience the opening of the Evergreen Extension of the Millennium Line. Besides, it was a miserable, rainy day. Plus, I’m almost a week after the opening day releasing this post. Life happens.

The stickers are off and the Evergreen Line is Go!

In lieu of my own photos and video, I thought you could partake in some videos yourself scattered across YouTube.

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Edmonton LRT – Downtown and University of Alberta

The downtown Edmonton LRT stations are currently all underground.  It starts at Churchill Station in the east.  Churchill is right under the Sir Winston Churchill Square which is home to festivals every weekend in the summer.  It’s also right by Edmonton City Hall.

Edmonton City Hall (2012)

The signature undulating Frank Gehry curves of the Art Gallery of Alberta (2012)

The LRT then swings straight westward underneath Jasper Avenue.  3 stations sit underneath Jasper Avenue.  From east to west the stations are Central, Bay/Enterprise Square, and Corona.  I didn’t get to spend much time visiting the downtown LRT stations.  I got a few shots in Corona Station that turned out, but the rest didn’t make the cut.  The glass chandeliers from the mezzanine hanging over the platform are what caught my eyes at Corona.

After Corona Station, the LRT then turns due south to the Alberta Legislature grounds. The grounds can be accessed by disembarking at Gradin/Government Centre.  It’s a quick walk up to the parliament buildings.  Tours of the building are always available.

Alberta Legislature reflecting pool and fountain

Stained glass in the Alberta Legislature

The train leaving south from Gradin/Government Centre soon exits the darkness of the downtown tunnels and emerges along the LRT Bridge crossing the North Saskatchewan River.  Just east of the LRT Bridge is the towering and historic High Level Bridge.  The train’s exposure to the sun is brief and it soon enters the deepest underground LRT station in the city at University Station.

View of LRT train crossing the North Saskatchewan River from the High Level Bridge Streetcar (2012)

University of Alberta crest and motto

U of A’s HUB Mall connected to University Station

For the longest time, University Station was the end of the line for the LRT.  It wasn’t until 2006 that the LRT had finally expanded further south.  The first of the stations on the Southern Extension was Health Sciences Station. I think one of the most impressive collection of health and medicine facilities surround this ground level station.

Health Sciences Station

Stollery Children’s Hospital

Beyond Health Sciences Station are 4 more stations that make up most of the Southern LRT extension.  All of which were completed between 2009 and 2010.   More to come in the next post.

Now that is totally different

Steeles West subway station gets hip, downtown facade – thestar.com.

10 for creativity and being different.  I have no idea what number I’d give for liking it.  One thing for sure – it is different.  I wonder if folks out along Steeles Avenue will appreciate this one.  The new Steeles West Station is designed by Will Alsop.  The same British architect that came up with the Ontario College of Art and Design’s building downtown.  Although when I first saw OCAD’s giant checkered floating shoebox supported by super long steel crayons, I didn’t like it.  However, it has grown on me and I think it’s a great Toronto icon.  We’ll see about this one.

Merchants, residents fight Broadway SkyTrain, citing Cambie construction mess

Merchants, residents fight Broadway SkyTrain, citing Cambie construction mess.

Kudos for the merchants along West Broadway for being pro-active and drawing the line in the sand.  Sure, it may seem a little premature, but if a Cut-and-Cover construction, similar to Cambie Street’s Canada Line construction, is chosen then it will be quite disruptive.

I particularly like this part of the article:

“We want them to get the message that the people just don’t want it,” said Donna Dobo, owner of Just Imagine, a clothing store on West Broadway.

“We are in favour of improving rapid transit, but it has to be sustainable, affordable, and community-friendly, which basically describes the Portland system of light-rail trolleys that use overhead power,” Dobo said.

The $3-billion price tag is an indication that the government wants to extend the SkyTrain system along the length of Broadway, she said, as the other options would be far cheaper.

“We want a system that will have many stops along Broadway that will serve our community, too, not just something to bring people from Coquitlam to UBC,” said Dobo, who is a member of the West Broadway Business Association.

The business association did not rule out light rail. That’s a step forward.  Light rail will bring a more human form, albeit slower, of transit through West Broadway.  I’m glad to see that the business association is open to the surface transit option.