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The newly renovated Newton Exchange is now open!

The newly renovated Newton Exchange is now open!

The newly renovated Newton Exchange
The newly renovated Newton Exchange!

The newly renovated Newton Exchange opens today! That’s right. We blogged about the start of construction in March, and now it’s done.

Changes have been made to pretty much everything including paving of the pedestrian area, shelters, lighting, signage and trees–all designed to enhance accessibility, safety, visibility and comfort. In order to accommodate the Newton Exchange to Guildford B-Line service starting in the fall, new layover spots have been created as well as updates to the curb and aisle paving.

Walking around the exchange last week, I couldn’t help but notice some of the details of the exchange including some smartly designed benches, trash/recycling receptacles that use solar power to crush contents, tactile strips on bus stops and our transit “T”!

New benches, trash and recyling recepticles and tactile strips - just a few of the additions to the exchange
New benches, trash and recycling receptacles and tactile strips – just a few of the additions to the exchange

Check out the TransLink website for a little more info on the exchange. Also, take a gander at this before and after comparison of the exchange. Remember, as the trees grow the exchange will look a little different as time passes.

The original exchange (built 1986) and the newly updated exchange (built 2013)
The original exchange (built 1986) and the newly updated exchange (built 2013)

If you’ve visited the newly renovated exchange, let us know what you think!