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Well done elevated light rail station

In late April Denver will open its newest light rail line. Most of the line runs on the surface through an old railroad right-of-way, but a few key segments are elevated above important street crossings. One such crossing, at Wadsworth Boulevard, includes this station directly atop the overpass.

The overpass bed looks like pretty typical highway infrastructure, but the station itself is light, airy, even beautiful. It’s not overwhelming, but is an undeniable and attractive landmark.

Light rail stations are much less substantial than heavy rail stations, so it’s not exactly fair to compare this to the relatively hulking Tysons Corner Silver Line stations. Light rail doesn’t need a mezzanine, and the deck doesn’t have to hold up as much weight. Regardless, a good example is a good example.

Image from Google Street View.

More photos of this station are at DenverUrbanism.

Denver is in the midst of a huge regional transit expansion program, resulting in several striking new stations. In November I posted about its awesome Union Station train shed, and its airport station is equally impressive.

February 19th, 2013 | Permalink
Tags: architecture, lightrail, transportation



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