Cruis­ing along

Ma­jor ren­o­va­tions to Char­lot­te­town port are un­der­way

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAVE STEWART

Sail­ing into Char­lot­te­town looks a lot dif­fer­ent than it used to for cruise ship pas­sen­gers.

Port Char­lot­te­town is in the midst of a $5-mil­lion facelift with the At­lantic Canada Op­por­tu­ni­ties Agency pick­ing up about half the tab. With the de­mo­li­tion of the east shed, about 15 pri­or­ity bus lanes will be de­signed to make things eas­ier for the cruise line’s shore ex­cur­sion op­er­a­tors. A small sec­tion of the east shed has been pre­served for stor­age pur­poses.

Corry Mor­ris­sey, busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager for Port Char­lot­te­town, said it makes things more ef­fi­cient and im­proves setup and ease of use for pas­sen­gers.

“We want to be able to move pas­sen­gers more ef­fi­ciently and we wanted to make it more wel­com­ing for pedes­trian traf­fic,’’ Mor­ris­sey said Mon­day.

In ad­di­tion to the bus lanes, a new pedes­trian plaza is be­ing de­signed for the ex­te­rior of the cruise ter­mi­nal, which used to be re­ferred to as the Char­lot­te­town Seaport Cen­tre.

Mor­ris­sey says this is to give pas­sen­gers in­ter­ested in walk­ing around the city a place to sit and re­lax and also pro­vide ap­pro­pri­ate di­rec­tional sig­nage.

The ter­mi­nal has been ren­o­vated as well and now fea­tures new win­dows and doors on the east side of the build­ing.

With only one ded­i­cated cruise berth, the re­de­vel­op­ment plan is fo­cus­ing on the land­side de­vel­op­ment of the port, which will also in­clude a ded­i­cated road­way for buses, taxis and other pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cles, along with a taxi load and go area.

The port serves three dif­fer­ent seg­ments of busi­ness — cruise, petroleum and ag­gre­gate im­por­ta­tion. With the ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture, it is dif­fi­cult for ag­gre­gate and cruise busi­ness to co-ex­ist as both seg­ments draw on the same land. With the pro­posed changes, the two will be sep­a­rate. A con­veyor sys­tem will move ag­gre­gate into the gravel yard, which would al­le­vi­ate any trucks re­quired on the wharf.

In ad­di­tion to that, the orig­i­nal road­way will be­come strictly for the truck­ing side of the busi­ness, while a new road has been de­signed for buses, taxis and pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cles. Those ve­hi­cles will now en­ter from the Hills­bor­ough and Wa­ter streets in­ter­sec­tion.

Read­ers might also note the ref­er­ence to Port Char­lot­te­town. That’s be­cause they’ve un­der­gone a re­brand­ing.

HEATHER TAWEEL/THE GUARDIAN

Cor­ryn Mor­ris­sey, busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager for the newly re­branded Port Char­lot­te­town, says the build­ing that used to be known as the Seaport Cen­tre will have 15 ded­i­cated bus lanes and much more room for taxis and other ve­hi­cles, will com­pletely sep­a­rate the petroleum, cruise and ag­gre­gate as­pects of the busi­ness and in­clude a ded­i­cated pedes­trian area in­side and out.

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