Bethel Transit Terminal Project
Building continues, but time lines have changed!
The terminal building structure seems to be changing every day. Our contractors have managed to do a lot of work in what was an unusually short construction season. Due to large amounts of precipitation early this summer, the Bethel Transit Terminal project opening date has been delayed until summer, 2014.
On-site work began in April 2013. Despite unfavourable weather conditions, Strathcona County delivered a temporary transit terminal by repurposing portions of the new recycle yard and paving 380 parking stalls. Construction on the building will continue throughout the winter, and as soon as weather allows, the remaining paving will be completed. The anticipated completion date will likely be late spring, allowing the terminal to open early in the summer. After the Bethel Transit Terminal and Park and Ride opens, the new route structure will also go into effect, making this an important time for Strathcona County Transit and our customers.
Until the new terminal opens next year, existing service will continue at Strathcona Station on Broadview Road.
Once completed, the new terminal will feature:
- an off-street bus-only terminal for more than 20 buses (including double-decker buses)
- single large passenger-loading platform with a climate-controlled and staffed building
- more than 1,200 parking stalls
- curbside drop-off/taxi staging area and off-street Kiss and Ride facility
- improved pedestrian and cyclist access and bike lockers
Construction progress on November 1, 2013, just before the snow fell.
Strathcona Station has moved
Now that a portion of the construction on the new Bethel Transit Terminal is complete, Transit has moved Strathcona Station to its new temporary location to allow construction to continue. This will be the last major change before we open the new permanent Bethel Transit Terminal.
Here is what has happened:
- Stop 8000, Strathcona Station, has moved from Bethel Drive to Broadview Road.
- Customers will enter the park and ride area via Broadview Road. There are 380 stalls available.
- Customers may also park along Broadview Road.
- All schedules remain the same, just the location has moved.
- No stops will be missed.
Note that the Bethel Drive Transit parking lot is now closed. Also, parking is no longer available at Bethel Lutheran Church. Please park only in our new lot or in designated street parking. Please obey all signs. Violators may be ticketed or towed.
Ground Breaking Ceremony
On May 14, 2013 Transit hosted an official ground breaking for the Bethel Transit Terminal. We were fortunate to have in attendance representatives from all three levels of government. The ground breaking acknowledges the contributions from government to help in building the terminal. Through Green TRIP, the Province is providing more than $13 million towards the project. The County is providing just under $5 million and through gas tax money, the Federal Government is providing just over $4.5 million. The project was anticipated to be completed in late 2013, however it is now slated to open in the summer of 2014.
In photo: MLA, Dave Quest, MLA, Cathy Olsen, Councillor Peter Wlodarczak, Minister Ric McIver (MLA), Councillor Jason Gariepy, Councillor Brian Botterill, Mayor Linda Osinchuk and Minister Tim Uppal (MP)
Bethel Transit Terminal Roadwork
Associated with the building of the new Bethel Transit Terminal are updates to the current road infrastructure in order to accommodate the increased traffic. The following intersection construction improvements will be completed this year.
Broadway Boulevard and Bethel Drive intersection
- Installation of traffic signals.
- Minor roadway improvements and pavement markings.
Bethel Drive and Sherwood Drive
- Left turn bay construction in the eastbound to northbound direction.
- Work will include the realignment of the existing median, streetlight relocation, the installation of new traffic signal heads and signs as well as roadway improvements and pavement markings.
If you have any further questions regarding the roadwork at the above intersections please contact Transportation and Agriculture Services project manager, Cody Thordarson at Cody.firstname.lastname@example.org.
We encourage you to watch this page for updates on the project as it progresses.
Strathcona County Transit's mission:
To provide local, intermunicipal and specialized public transit services for the community that are Customer-focused, Accessible, Reliable, Efficient and Safe (CARES).