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Too bad we demolished our station. Although I think I'd probably take the Calgary Tower over this dinky building. Does anyone know what remains of the train station at the base of the tower? There's clearly still platforms along the tracks.
 

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I had this idea too when I saw the news about YYC-Banff rail. It's going to make a stop in downtown so might as well build a station similar to Union Station in Toronto. Today City council announced this:
They didn't announce this.

Jeff Davison made a motion to get some media coverage.

What was passed by city council was this - futher endorsing the project:
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Of note, as a rail project, the city doesn't even have land-use power to stop a station and related buildings (courts have previously drawn the line at hotel/office yes, condos no) from being built in any configuration wherever the private proponents want it.
 

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Too bad we demolished our station. Although I think I'd probably take the Calgary Tower over this dinky building. Does anyone know what remains of the train station at the base of the tower? There's clearly still platforms along the tracks.
My impression is the old waiting room, which was judged as too small when it opened, no longer exists. Perhaps as part of the vertigo theatre complex?

The platforms are wide though at 4.5m. good bones to add a concourse.
 

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My impression is the old waiting room, which was judged as too small when it opened, no longer exists. Perhaps as part of the vertigo theatre complex?

The platforms are wide though at 4.5m. good bones to add a concourse.
My biggest question for the existing station location is if there are enough tracks to accommodate CPR freight, trains arriving from both the airport / Banff, and future HSR?
 

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I think the surface parking lots on 9 Ave SW between 5 St and 8 St would make a great location for a central station (and surrounding Central Park). Only downfall is it doesn’t intersect the C-train, but it’s not far from 7 Ave SW.
 

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My biggest question for the existing station location is if there are enough tracks to accommodate CPR freight, trains arriving from both the airport / Banff, and future HSR?
Yes. CPR is playing ball. Calgary Tower and east are likely best if you want one station since you can viaduct in extra platforms if you really need to, and can put in at least one likely two which is a terminal platform at grade. A western (think 5th and 4th St SW would work for just the airport/Banff line and maybe for HSR. With 4 tracks, there is plenty of capacity if you move yard activities out of the core by paying CPR to build a new one elsewhere.
 

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