the station at cochrane crossing


This 7,700 sq. ft. building will include:

  • Transit hub
  • Municipal office space
  • Public washrooms
  • Access to Town services

When complete, this project will:

  • Deliver upon the Tri-Site Advisory recommendations. 
  • Provide a key connection between historic downtown and the Quarry.
  • Allow for the future development of a platform for regional train service.
  • Provide Town services within the core of our community.
  • Provide a new plaza and green space.


The Station be located on the former Esso Bulk Station site, directly across from the Cochrane Public Library.


  • Nov 15: Provincial site phase 1 complete, asphalt over the areas that needed to be excavated for lighting and power. The building itself continues to progress, electrical and plumbing work is being completed for sub-slab work. Currently excavating the forming for the monuments.
  • Nov 10: Bus platforms and curbs poured. Asphalt work is scheduled for next week. Electrical work on Railway Street is complete. Overhead lines have come down and all underground work is in. The building will be water-tight and airtight without the exterior cladding after this week. Roof in progress. Paving the Provincial site this week. 
  • Oct 21: Glue-laminated timber arrives, giving the roof of The Station a unique character and geometry. Work will continue on the roofing installation over the coming weeks.  
  • Oct 7: Project Update Video 
  • Sep 28: Foundation backfill is now complete. Overhead power has been removed from a portion of the site and electrical servicing will be taking place in the next few weeks. Steel framing is currently underway.
  • Sep 9: Project Update Video
  • Aug 10: Excavation and forming of the building foundation have begun! The first concrete pour was completed Aug 9, foundation walls will be formed this week and poured next week. Sanitary, storm and water tie-ins are complete with ongoing work underway to coordinate installation of power (including overhead line removal), gas and phone/internet feeds.
    The majority of the reclamation work is complete with much of the excavated area backfilled with excess soil from the Protective Services Building site.
  • Jul 7: Remediation of the site continues. Air Quality testing will continue to be done until remediation is complete. Alberta Environment continues to work with the Environmental Contractor to ensure cleanup efforts comply with the required criteria. Deep services tie-ins on Railway street are now complete. Foundation work will come next.
  • Release: Site Remediation Underway at Cochrane Crossing
  • Road closure Jun 29-Jul 2: A section of Railway St will be closed while crews attach underground utilities - See map for road closure.
  • Jun 8: Site cleanup is underway
  • Release: Construction set to start on Cochrane's capital projects
  • Mayor Genung provides an update on the project watch here!
  • Feb 22: Update to Council


  • Construction to begin in Spring 2021
  • Estimated Completion: Summer 2022

Exterior Rendering


On October 26, 2020 Council directed Administration to proceed with the design of a single-story facility on the east side of the Transit Hub Site (formerly known as the "Old Esso Bulk Station"). The Project team has been working diligently on developing building and site plans in conjunction with the plans being developed by the CP Crossing team (Downtown Pedestrian Crossing). The $2 million downtown pedestrian crossing project was approved as part of the 2020 budget – funded entirely from CRL reserves. It includes the rail crossing and connections to the provincial building on Main Street, and the transit hub and innovation centre on Railway Street. Design and construction of the crossing and the Station are being completed at the same time to improve efficiency and ensure consistency of design.


Total project budget: $4.85M

  • GreenTRIP funding: $2,900,000
  • Grants (Municipal Sustainability Initiative): $1,300,000
  • Grants (GreenTRIP bus shelter / bus stop fund): $400,000
  • Contribution from approved crossing project: $250,000


The site will be developed to seamlessly integrate with the grade CP rail crossing and will offer a central park-like gathering space for the community while also supporting the COLT system (Cochrane On-demand Local Transit), ON-IT (Southland Regional Transit service), local taxi network, bicyclists and pedestrian traffic. The building will provide a transit waiting amenity as Transit & Innovation Hub Project Update February 22, 2021 well as be home to the Cochrane Information Center, Business Development and its community partners, Town Administrative services and a co-working space/business start-up program. Parking to support the Facility and transit system was constructed as part of the Railway Street improvement project in 2020 and is located on the south side of Railway street beside the library.


The Transit Hub development delivers on Council's Strategic Priority to "Focus on services and spaces that achieve a safe and improved sense of community" as well as Strategic Plan objective 1.2 - Future infrastructure, facilities and plans be developed and implemented to accommodate growth. This is an important project that supports local tourism, promotes economic development and ensures efficient delivery of transit and Town Administrative services - all of which will ensure Cochrane remains a community of choice. This building and pedestrian crossing are important components of Council’s vision for the future of Cochrane: it demonstrates the Town’s commitment to community connectivity and business development, it builds on the public engagement of the Tri-Site project, provides a hub for COLT activity, and adds a new public space to Cochrane’s downtown core.

Updated on Dec 8, 2021