Buona Vista MRT station
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Exterior of the EWL platforms with the entrance to the CCL platforms.
|Location||100 North Buona Vista Road|
Singapore 139345 (EWL)
150 North Buona Vista Road
Singapore 139350 (CCL)
|Operated by||SMRT Trains Ltd (SMRT Corporation) (East West and Circle lines)|
|Platforms||4 (2 island platforms)|
|Structure type||Elevated (East West line)|
Underground (Circle line)
|Parking||Yes (The Star Vista, Rochester Mall, The Metropolis)|
|Opened||12 March 1988 (East West line)|
8 October 2011 (Circle line)
|Previous names||North Buona Vista|
Buona Vista MRT station (EW21/CC22) is a Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) interchange station on the East West line and Circle line in Queenstown, Singapore. This station is in close proximity to one-north, a high technology business parks made up of biomedical science, infocomm technology and media industries. It is built near the junctions of North Buona Vista Road, Commonwealth Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue West.
In the late 1990s to early 2000s, a temporary overhead bridge was built across North Buona Vista Road, leading into the concourse level.
The MRT station was initially planned to be linked via a Light Rail Transit line that would have served residents living near the area, as well as students from the National University of Singapore and Singapore Polytechnic. The announcement was made by Singapore's former Communications Minister Mah Bow Tan, who hoped it to be an elevated transit line and pilot its building at a cost of $300 million. However, it had not been built eventually due to its lack of economic viability.
With the construction of the Circle line from 11 January 2005, the bridge was demolished and replaced with a newer one. The second storey of the East West line station was also converted into a transfer level between the two lines. The Circle line part was opened on 8 October 2011, while the two new exits share the same location as the original one.
The lifts were upgraded in August 2009 and had been the last station to be barrier-free, due to complexities within the station. Buona Vista MRT station is the second station to serve as an interchange between an above and underground MRT line, with the first being Paya Lebar. The station is fitted with high-volume low-speed fans, which commenced operations on 25 June 2012, along with Commonwealth.
Circle Line Art in Transit
The artwork featured under the Art in Transit programme is The Tree of Life by Gilles Massot. Located on the lift shaft in the underground station, the artwork depicts a eucalyptus tree located at the nearby Kent Ridge Park that has been digitally edited to create an effect similar to David Hockney's photo montages. The tree also represents the jungle greenery which used to exist next to the above-ground station and is a result of the deep impression left on the artist of the landscape and view of the area.
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