VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — The first station of the Broadway Subway Project will be named after Emily Carr.
TransLink announced the final station names for the subway extension Thursday.
The station on Great Northern Way will be named after Carr, an artist, author, and teacher from Victoria who is a celebrated leader in early 20th Century art.
“TransLink has added the name Emily Carr to the easternmost Broadway Subway Project station due to its proximity to the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. One of TransLink’s key Naming Principles is to make names self-locating so that they help make the location easy to find,” says a release from the transit authority.
•Great Northern Way – Emily Carr
•Broadway – City Hall
•Oak – VGH
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“World-renowned for her depictions of Pacific Northwest scenery and Indigenous culture, her work continues to inspire new generations of artists around the world. Tributes to her legacy are numerous, including the naming of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, located at the Great Northern Way Campus.”
Emily Carr’s painting and life’s work have allowed so many around the world to appreciate British Columbia’s breathtaking natural environment, says Kevin Desmond, TransLink CEO.
“We’re proud that Great Northern Way – Emily Carr Station will showcase the name of such an important person in the province’s history,” he added.
The other station names:
- Mount Pleasant;
- Broadway – City Hall;
- Oak – VGH;
- South Granville;
- and Arbutus.
The provincial government and Emily Carr University of Art and Design will also partner on a public art installation at the subway station.
Gillian Siddall, president and vice-chancellor of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, is also pleased the station will be named in honour of Carr.
“Her work, which reflects the land and people of B.C.’s West Coast, has influenced and inspired generations of artists. The Great Northern Way – Emily Carr station will connect ECU to diverse communities across the region and reinforces art, culture and design as vital parts of Vancouver’s journey.”
Construction of the Broadway Subway Project is expected to begin in the fall, with the new line scheduled to be in service in 2025.
The contract was awarded to the Broadway Subway Project Corporation, an Acciona-Ghella joint venture to design, construct and partially finance the project, valued at $1.728 billion.