Originally Posted by logan5
I didn't think there would be a bus loop there. I was hoping to see a bit of a market street created on Beresford or Central. That bus loop will blight the neighborhood in my opinion.
I don't know. I think the bus loop under the mall like that is more of a blight than anything. An open air bus loop(s) if done correctly, doesn't need to be a blight. For example, the Joyce bus loop isn't any more of a blight than the station itself, which itself is ugly, but was also built years ago.
As for buses, like the current incarnation of the station, the current Metrotown loop is at capacity and something needs to be done to ensure Metrotown continues to stay the main hub/destination for all buses in the area. Patterson doesn't really have the capacity to absorb more buses. And if more buses are diverted to Patterson, the ugly excuse comes up that the bus doesn't go where I want to go(yes I know its only a short hop away but little things like this discourage users who are on the fence).
In any case I'm pretty sure Burnaby won't allow any old ugly POS bus loop put in, considering the length they have gone to with regards to negotiating with the developer over this project. And i'm pretty sure any renovations done to the station will have a more modern, open architecture - ie. more glass versus metal grating, like the newer stations. I'm guessing the bus loop(s) would follow a similar design. And considering its a greenway, I imagine some sort of greenery would be involved, like trees or shrubs.
I wish I had a job, I would be one of the first in line to buy in this tower. I've always wanted to live right beside the mall, heck I'd love to live in a place with an enclosed connection to the mall. Not because I shop all the time, but simply convenience, especially with a wheelchair, the less streets to cross, obstacles, etc, the better.