A closer look at some of the ornamentation on the LRT bridge over the Bow River just south of Sunnyside station, just as a southbound Red Line train is whizzing by.
Riding in one of San Francisco’s newest light-rail vehicles while on vacation there, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of familiarity.
San Francisco’s Muni LRVs are made by Siemens and, despite differences in door and seating configuration, are in fact the same high-floor model as the newest light-rail cars purchased by Calgary Transit. The similarities are definitely there, from the whine of the motors to the station announcement chime … and even the malfunctioning passenger information system. (Calgary Transit’s CTrain displays work but sometimes show the wrong time or station information; Muni’s displays were simply off when I rode their light-rail trains.)
The photo above shows a Muni light-rail Metro train operating on the N line, departing from Ocean Beach.
I often wonder if most people who use Calgary’s light rail system notice the art that exists intrinsically all around them.
Well, there are six Calgarians who most certainly do. Flickr friends and photographers (above, from left) James Tworow, Linda M. Cunningham, Nathalie Babineau-Griffiths, Wanda Martin and Dave King, along with Ian Proctor (not present), share their visual insights from the newly opened west leg of Calgary’s LRT system.
Their photo exhibition, One Place, Six Perspectives, demonstrates the innate artistic richness of Calgary’s newest C-Train stations, which stretch 8.2 km westward from downtown.
Swing by for a look and you, too, will see how transit can be more than just trains, buses, bricks and mortar.
One Place, Six Perspectives takes place on the walls of Pages Books in Kensington until the end of April.
P.S.: The group’s photos are also available for sale.