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Linking Richmond and the Vancouver Airport with downtown Vancouver the Canada Line rapid transit line was constructed to integrate several modes of transport and fit into the urban fabric of Vancouver.

Station design was only one component of the project, which involved public open houses, streetscape design, tree workshops and contextually appropriate design. When the plaza at the foot of the Cambie Street Bridge was demolished, to make way for Canada Line construction, an existing piece of public art was removed and stored so that it could be incorporated into the new bicycle and pedestrian friendly plaza. At the Marine Drive Station, where the system makes a transition from below ground to a raised guideway, DK incorporated a rain garden, bike path and pedestrian promenade into a designated fire lane and designed a plaza with custom bus shelters to better integrate the new bus loop. In Yaletown, an existing park was chosen for the station location and underwent a contemporary makeover to accommodate its new design and use with its evolving context. The Broadway / City Hall Station design incorporated Art Deco details in a contemporary way so that landscape design would be a response to both the heritage design of the Vancouver City Hall and the contemporary design of the new station.

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