By Jason Leach
Published May 03, 2007
A new report on the city website outlines a plan to build a new transit terminal at Eastgate Square as part of Phase 1 of the BRT plan. From the report:
Eastgate Square Shopping Centre, located at Queenston Road and Centennial Parkway will be reconstructing their southeast parking lot and ring road in 2007. This will require the relocation and new construction of the existing Eastgate Transit Terminal used by five Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) bus routes, including the Beeline Express route which will evolve into the lower city east-west BRT route. Since Eastgate is one of the primary mixed use centres at the east end of the lower city BRT corridor, it makes sense to establish a permanent terminal for the BRT at this site.
Eastgate Square has updated their shopping centre to create an attractive destination for shopping. The mall's management are enthusiastically supporting a unique public private partnership that cements a long-term transit presence at the shopping centre and supports the integration of transportation infrastructure with land use changes. Experts cite this type of integration as critical in changing the mindset of consumers in terms of their choice of travel mode for day-to-day trip making. The goal is to make using transit as easy as using a car for the majority of trips in the urban area of the city.
The terminal will reflect the latest in Canadian contemporary design for bus transit terminals. It features state-of-the art amenties for passengers includng fully accessible platforms, modern, low maintenance shelters, attractive landscaping and high security lighting.
It includes a covered walkway right into the mall. I'd like to see some drawings, but at $1.6 million it should be a nice terminal.