Following up from a campaign promise (see previous post here) to look into the possibility of a station between Southgate and Century Park, I advanced a formal inquiry today at Council’s Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. I believe it will come back for discussion at the May 8 meeting of the Committee. The text of the inquiry is below:
During the concept planning of the South LRT in 2005 there was some consideration given to including a station between Southgate and Century Park. I believe there is still interest in looking at a station to serve communities and institutions in the area of 40th Avenue. Therefore, I would like Administration to comment on the following:
- Given that the LRT Network Plan and Design Guidelines have changed since 2005, would an additional station be consistent with Council’s more recent direction from 2009 on LRT design?
- Could construction of a new station be accomplished while maintaining LRT service?
- Given that the LRT runs in the median, what special considerations would be required to accommodate safe pedestrian access to the platform from adjacent communities?
- What would be the rough cost of constructing a community station similar to McKernan/Belgravia in 2012 dollars?
- From a Land-Use perspective, are there medium- to long-term intensification opportunities in the area that could benefit from the presence of an LRT station?
- What parking restrictions are available to control parasitic parking issues in adjacent communities that often accompany a new station?
- What would be the next steps Administration would recommend to committee should there be a desire to explore this further?