All of the current development is much closer to the NAIT/Blatchford Market station (which will open early next year) than the Blatchford Gate station (which is the one that may stay closed), so this should only help speed things up.Keeping it closed won't help the slow pace of house sales
I was out there today and the road east from the Energy Centre East is under constructionAt the meeting yesterday, council was told that a "solid connection" between the station and the current Blatchford development will be completed by the end of this construction season, so the NAIT station will be accessible for NAIT students and Blatchford residents from day one.
Good question! Why haven’t council put out their funding request for Metro Phase 2? Or maybe they have and we don’t know?
The way things are going in this town, it'll be sitting idle for years.If they're going to close it in anticipation of future construction they'd better set a really clear threshold for when it will open.
Eg: When the first apartment in Blatchford is completed that's closer to Blatchford Gate than the NAIT station, the station will be opened.
Yes indeed. I can see it right outside of where I work. It'll be a nice connection for the community and students.At the meeting yesterday, council was told that a "solid connection" between the station and the current Blatchford development will be completed by the end of this construction season, so the NAIT station will be accessible for NAIT students and Blatchford residents from day one.
You keep saying this but, as I’ve articulated, it’s simply not true. Stadium LRT is a decently built out TOD. There’s already TOD development on the Valley Line before its even built. Century Park took a bit to get going but it’s filling in. You can’t just expect Vancouver overnight.Remember that Blatchford itself has largely failed to live up to the original vision--remember how it was supposed to be environmentally-friendly, self-contained with cutting-edge technology? There was also supposed to be this immense demand for housing in the city core and once the airport was shut, the redevelopment was going to absolutely take off. Instead the real growth has been outside the city core--particularly outside the Henday ring. At this rate it will be an eternity before Blatchford is built out sufficiently.
This is why I vehemently oppose efforts by city councils and municipal pencil-pushers who get all googly-eyed over "exciting opportunities" like TOD (which has been a miserable failure in Edmonton) and the redevelopment of lands like Blatchford which was supposed to bring densification, revitalization, a new sense of community blah blah blah to the central city. These projects have been nothing but an embarrassment to Edmonton.
Building a station that won't operate for years, and leaving it sit idle--while there are other areas of the city crying out for transit--is absolute idiocy.
Sure, the infrastructure to get to and from the station will be in place, but the demand won't be there. There simply are not enough reasons to take the LRT to the station right now - Westwood residents alone won''t make it feasible, and even then only a fraction of residents there would take it. If a temporary park and ride was constructed for people from the NW to use the station, then maybe there would be enough demand to open it.All of the avenues are nearing completion. The MUP path connecting Blatchford station to Westwood along 123rd Avenue is complete. There is also a poured pad for busses. I don't see why this station shouldn't open.
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