Somerset–Bridlewood (C-Train)

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Somerset-Bridlewood
CTrain Station
CTrain Somerset2.jpg
Station statistics
Address 17100 - 6 Street SW
Coordinates 50°53′57″N 114°04′09″W / 50.89917°N 114.06917°W / 50.89917; -114.06917Coordinates: 50°53′57″N 114°04′09″W / 50.89917°N 114.06917°W / 50.89917; -114.06917
Line(s) South Line
Connections 11 Southwest Loop
12 Southwest Loop
14 Cranston/Bridlewood
15 Millrise
52 Evergreen/Somerset
78 Sundance/Chaparral
153 Copperfield
178 Sundance/Chaparral
402 Silverado
406 Auburn Bay
Structure type At-grade
Platforms Centre-loading platform
Parking 913 spaces
Other information
Opened 2004
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by Calgary Transit
Services
Preceding station   C-Train   Following station
toward Tuscany
Route 201 Terminus

Somerset-Bridlewood is the current southern terminus of the South Line (Route 201) of the C-Train light rail system in Calgary, Alberta. The station is one of two that opened on June 28, 2004 as part of the South LRT Extension Phase II. The station is located on the exclusive LRT right of way (adjacent to CPR ROW), 16.9 km South of the City Hall Interlocking along Shawville Gate, to serve the Somerset, Bridlewood and Sundance communities, as well as the nearby Bishop O'Byrne High School and South Fish Creek Recreation Centre. It is one of two stations that also serve the Shawnessy Towne Centre shopping district. 913 parking spaces are included in the park-and-ride facility at the station.

The station consists of a center-loading platform with at-grade crossings at both ends of the platform. The platform is also constructed to accommodate a four-car-length C-Train.

The station name was initially planned to be 162 Avenue Station. However, in late 2003 (approximately 7 months before opening) the City decided to use the current name for it.

History[edit]

The site of Somerset-Bridlewood was originally opened as 162nd Ave Station in spring of 1996 as a temporary platform on the CP-Rail line to provide access to a conventional rail service during peak rush hour periods to a platform at Anderson station.[1] The service only lasted five months but the ridership proved popular and led to the priority decision to complete the South extension.[2] The modern station was built on the site of the temporary platform when the C-Train service was extended south and re-opened as Somerset-Bridlewood on June 28, 2004.

Two stub tracks are at the station, an indicator of a future extension to the Silverado development that is scheduled for an opening once there is sufficient development in the area to sustain LRT.[3]

In 2005, the station registered an average of 10,100 boardings per weekday.[4] In 2007, the station registered an average of 13,000 boardings per weekday.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Siemens Regio Sprinter". barp.ca. Retrieved November 5, 2011. 
  2. ^ Rainer Ibowski (July 16, 2008). "Expanding Transit Systems into Bedroom Communities". Retrieved November 5, 2011. 
  3. ^ 2007 West LRT Report
  4. ^ Calgary Transit (2005). "LRT Station Ridership". Archived from the original on 2007-06-08. Retrieved 2007-08-24. 
  5. ^ Calgary Transit (2008). "LRT Station Ridership". Retrieved 2009-11-15. [dead link]

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