|Address||938C - 3 Avenue NW|
5 North Haven
9 Varsity Acres/Bridgeland
|Owned by||Calgary Transit|
Sunnyside is a stop on the Northwest Line (Route 201) of the C-Train light rail system in Calgary, Alberta. Located on the exclusive LRT right of way beside 9A Street NW at 4 Avenue NW, 0.9 km Northwest of the 7 Avenue & 9 Street SW interlocking. The station opened on September 7, 1987 as part of the original Northwest line. The station consists of two side-loading platforms with pedestrian crossings at both ends.
As part of Calgary Transit's plan to operate four-car trains by the end of 2014, all three-car platforms are being extended. On April 16, 2012 construction started on an extension of the platform to the South as well as redevelopment of the plaza areas immediately adjacent to the east side of the station. As of November 24, 2012, the new platform extension and wheelchair ramps have re-opened however, work continued on the station plaza area on the east side up until early January 2013.
The station, and the section of the line running through it, is the most controversial in the C-Train system. When the Northwest Line was being planned, community residents organized to keep this station from being built as it required the demolition of many homes and the major disruption of 9A Street N.W. (a number of homes and apartment blocks which were not demolished were left with no front street access). The city pushed ahead with its plans by purchasing most of the properties along 9A Street. Eventually, as the area became accustomed to the C-Train, the properties were sold off to private interests.
The station registered an average of 5,700 daily boardings in 2005, which by 2008 had increased to an average of 10,400.
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