It’s not exactly a gallery opening. . . .

SkyTrain Dunsmuir Exit

. . . but it still seems pretty exciting for some reason. The all new Dunsmuir Street exit from the Granville Street SkyTrain station is now open.

For months I’d puzzled at how the little openings near the tracks on both the eastbound and westbound levels could make their way up the huge depth to the street level at Dunsmuir in such a small space. Is it elevator only? Is it a zig-zag of little escalators?

The answer: it’s not a small space. At all.

When I stepped off the train last night at around 10:15pm and saw the sign indicating that the new exit was now open, I couldn’t resist the temptation to check it out. What I found was a small lobby at westbound train level, with eerily sparkling clean signs and transit maps (and a small escalator down to the eastbound level), followed by a huge escalator which rivals the Escalator of Doom in size (a prize offered to anyone who can determine which is actually taller?), and then the biggest surprise: another small lobby with short escalator up to Dunsmuir, but a large westward branch with a chequered tile floor and spaces for a number of shops and businesses, which ultimately joins up with the Granville Street door right next to The Bay’s optometry clinic.

I don’t even remember there being a door there. Maybe it was a garage style folding door?

At any rate, I’ll be curious whether the new wing gains enough traffic to fill its new shops.

1 Comment so far

  1. Rebecca (unregistered) on September 26th, 2006 @ 11:09 am

    Cool, I was wondering when that was going to open up. That part (next to the optometry place) has been boarded up for a while. There used to be something there but recently it’s just been drywall.

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