Chinook (C-Train)

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Chinook
CTrain Station
Chinook Ctrain Station Calgary.jpg
Station statistics
Address 229 - 61 Avenue SW
Coordinates 50°59′50″N 114°03′57″W / 50.99722°N 114.06583°W / 50.99722; -114.06583Coordinates: 50°59′50″N 114°03′57″W / 50.99722°N 114.06583°W / 50.99722; -114.06583
Line(s) South Line
Structure type At-grade
Platforms Centre-loading platform
Parking 320 spaces
Other information
Opened 1981
Rebuilt January 14th, 2013 - September 3rd, 2013
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by Calgary Transit
Services
Preceding station   C-Train   Following station
toward Tuscany
Route 201

Chinook is a stop on the South Line (Route 201) of the C-Train light rail system in Calgary, Alberta. The station opened on May 25, 1981 as part of the original South line.

The station is located on the exclusive LRT right of way (adjacent to CPR ROW) at 61 Avenue SW, 5.7 km South of the City Hall Interlocking. The station is a three-block walk from the Chinook Centre shopping centre, Calgary's largest. A zero-fare bus provides transportation to the mall from the station. A 320-space parking facility is also available for park and ride commuters.

The station consists of a center-loading platform with ramp access on the North end.

Chinook is the only Public Transit Station named after a privately owned and operated business (the shopping mall) as there are no other landmarks or communities in the area with that title.

It serves the communities of Windsor Park, Meadowlark Park, Kingsland as well as extensive industrial and commercial areas located just to the east of Macleod Trail, such as Manchester and Fairview Industrial.

As part of Calgary Transit's plan to operate four-car trains starting by the end of 2014, all three-car stations will need to be extended. Chinook Station however was completely rebuilt to a new design very similar to Somerset-Bridlewood, McKnight/Westwinds and Saddletowne Stations. Construction on the new bus terminal started in the summer of 2012. On January 14, 2013, the station and bus terminal closed for redevelopment and has re-opened on September 3, 2013.[1] Bus service to Chinook passed through a temporary terminal at 3 Street SW with a bus shuttle connecting the terminal and the 39th Avenue C-Train station during the station's closure. [2]

In 2005, the station registered an average transit of 12,400 boardings per weekday.[3]

Connecting bus services[edit]

10 Dalhousie/Southcentre
23 Foothills Industrial
36 Riverbend
41 Lynnwood
47 Lakeview
66 Blackfoot Express
72 Circle Route
73 Circle Route
81 Macleod Trail
136 Riverbend
410 Glenmore Business Park
506 Chinook Centre (no fare required)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chinook Station Reopens Soon!". August 2013. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Chinook Station Construction". 2013. Archived from the original on August 23, 2013. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  3. ^ Calgary Transit (2005). "LRT Station Ridership". Archived from the original on 2007-06-08. Retrieved 2007-08-24.