Major renovations to the Grand MetroLink station include improved lighting, new elevators and a ticket-vending area. The station will open Aug. 20.
photo by Diana Linsley (click for larger version)
August 15, 2012Thanks to the recent reopening of the Grand Boulevard bridge, Metro Transit is prepared to reopen the Grand MetroLink station and resume MetroBus service to the bridge on Monday, Aug. 20.
Since March 2011, the station has been closed and three bus routes have been changed due to the Grand bridge's reconstruction. The bridge reopened in mid-July, enabling Metro to reopen its busiest bus line and one of its busiest MetroLink stations.
"(The bridge closure) cost time and dollars for both Metro and customers, so we really do look forward to being able to give customers the direct route across Grand again so they can enjoy both the Grand stop and the Grand MetroLink station below," said Dianne Williams, Metro's director of communications.
Williams said major construction on the MetroLink station has been completed, but Metro will still have some landscaping and clean-up work to do after Aug. 20. Williams said that work won't affect customers' ability to use the station.
While the bridge was being refurbished, Metro made renovations to its Grand station. The public transportation operator constructed a new transit plaza on Scott Avenue. This plaza, which features improved lighting and new elevators and stairs, will contain additional seating options and a ticket-vending area.
"One of the things that's true about our station is it's in an area that doesn't have a lot of light on its own at night," Williams said. "Grand is lit up above, but the station below doesn't have open businesses near it, so the only light it has is the light it generates itself. We've added a lot of light to the station both through a sculptural piece, as well as ambient light above the station."
Metro also installed a 58-space park-and-ride lot. Williams said customers used to park on Scott Avenue.
The Grand bus line, which carries 9,000 riders on an average weekday, is the busiest of Metro's 75 bus routes. Williams said 3,000 people use the Grand MetroLink station on an average weekday. Williams believes that visually the station now adequately reflects its high usage.
"What had once been a station that was not necessarily our most aesthetic is going to be a jewel for the system now, and that's really appropriate in a location that's one of our busiest," Williams said.