Zoo (C-Train)

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Zoo
CTrain Station (Northeast Line)
Zoo (C-Train) 5.jpg
Station statistics
Address 1400 Memorial Drive NE
Coordinates 51°02′51″N 114°01′30″W / 51.04750°N 114.02500°W / 51.04750; -114.02500Coordinates: 51°02′51″N 114°01′30″W / 51.04750°N 114.02500°W / 51.04750; -114.02500
Connections No connections to bus routes
Structure type At-grade
Platforms Centre-loading platform
Parking 500 spaces
Other information
Opened 1985
Rebuilt Expected to start in 2014
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by Calgary Transit
Services
Preceding station   C-Train   Following station
Route 202
toward Saddletowne

Zoo is a stop on the Northeast Line (Route 202) of the C-Train light rail system in Calgary, Alberta. The station opened on April 27, 1985 as part of the original Northeast line. The station, which is located in the median of Memorial Drive Northeast, 2.5 km from the City Hall Interlocking, serves the Calgary Zoo, Telus Spark (science museum) as well as the community of Bridgeland.

Stylistically, the design of Zoo Station differs from the other stations in the C-Train system as it incorporates images of animals and dinosaurs. The station's centre-loading platform is accessed via ramps leading up from a tunnel below Memorial Drive. The tunnel below Memorial Drive also houses several permanent zoo-related exhibits.

Although Calgary Transit does not operate a park-and-ride at this station, the Calgary Zoo has 500 spots available to LRT commuters for $5/day.

As part of Calgary Transit's plan to operate 4-car trains by the end of 2014, all 3-car platforms are being extended. Zoo station will also see new furnishings in addition to a platform extension. Construction is expected to start sometimes in early 2014 and will last approximately 6 months. [1]

In 2005, the station registered an average transit of 1,100 boardings per weekday, the lowest of any station (due to the lack of any connecting buses or significant trip generators other than the Calgary Zoo itself at the present time).[2] With the opening of the Telus Spark (science museum) on October 29, 2011, station ridership is likely to increase drastically.

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