Somerset – Bridlewood
|Location||17100 - 6 Street SW|
|Owned by||Calgary Transit|
|Connections||11 Southwest Loop
12 Southwest Loop
406 Auburn Bay
444 Chaparral Valley
Somerset-Bridlewood is the current southern terminus of the South Line (Route 201) of the CTrain 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 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.
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. The service only lasted five months but the ridership proved popular and led to the priority decision to complete the South extension. The modern station was built on the site of the temporary platform when the CTrain 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.
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