Metro Line approaching Downtown Edmonton
|Termini||NAIT (End of 2014)
Health Sciences/Jubilee (End of 2014)
|Stations||10 (End of 2014)|
|Opening||End of 2014 (planned)|
|Operator(s)||Edmonton Transit System|
|Depot(s)||D.L. MacDonald Yard|
|No. of tracks||2|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
The Edmonton LRT Metro Line is a light rail transit line scheduled to begin operation by the end of 2014 from northwest Edmonton to central Edmonton. The line will use 3.3 kilometres (2.1 mi) of new track, three new stations, and seven stations on the existing Capital Line. The cost of the project is $665 million, jointly funded by the City of Edmonton, Province of Alberta, and the Government of Canada. It is the first new line that is not an extension of the existing line. The line is expected to add 13,200 riders per weekday. A trip from NAIT Station to Churchill is expected to take nine minutes. A number of roadworks are under construction or completed to revitalize the surrounding community.
In spring 2007, the funding for a concept plan and preliminary engineering was commissioned and the City approved the plan the next year. In 2008, during construction of the Epcor Tower, the City ordered that the tunnel section below the tower be dug before the tower was completed, this saved $140 million from digging after the tower was built. The remainder of the tunnel, under Downtown Edmonton, was bored, and completed in November 2012. In 2009 the City approved the relocation of funds from the Gorman extension to the Metro Line, as the City felt northwest was a higher priority. In 2010 the City began preparation work, including utility relocation. The permanent closure of 105 Avenue between 102 Street and 105 Street was performed so MacEwan Station could be built. 105 Street was permanently closed to vehicular traffic between 107 Avenue and 108 Avenue to allow the line to continue along the existing road corridor, which alleviated the need to widen the corridor and remove some existing trees. 104 Street was closed between 108 Avenue and Kingsway in a similar fashion. Testing began in July 2013, and the line is scheduled to begin operation in late 2014.
An extension from the permanent NAIT station is in the planning phases by the City of Edmonton. The recommendation, released in May 2010, extends the Metro Line through the neighbourhood created by the dismantling of the City Centre (Blatchford Field) Airport, over Yellowhead Trail and the CN Railway yard, along 113A Street and 153 Avenue to the City of St. Albert limits. The extension would have eight stations, including stops in Blatchford (the neighbourhood created by the airport redevelopment), Rosslyn, Griesbach, Castle Downs, The Palisades, and at Campbell Road.
St. Albert extension
The City of St. Albert began studying extending Edmonton's LRT in early 2013, identifying four possible locations for stations. The City is looking at funding from all levels of government, 66% from Alberta GreenTRIP Fund and 8% from the City of St. Albert. On November 12, 2013, St. Albert council decided to continue studying LRT alignment options, but not to put any money into purchasing land or rail cars.
|Temporary NAIT Station||Surface||Northwest||2014|
|Churchill||Underground||■ Capital Line
■ Valley Line (future)
|Downtown||April 22, 1978|
|Central||Underground||■ Capital Line||Downtown||April 22, 1978|
|Bay/Enterprise Square||Underground||■ Capital Line||Downtown||June 21, 1983|
|Corona||Underground||■ Capital Line||Downtown||June 21, 1983|
|Grandin/Government Centre||Underground||■ Capital Line||Downtown||September 1989|
|University||Underground||■ Capital Line||South||August 23, 1992|
|Health Sciences/Jubilee||Surface||■ Capital Line||South||January 3, 2006|
The City of St. Albert identified four possible locations for stations in early 2013.
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- North LRT to NAIT (Metro Line) – The City of Edmonton
- Northwest LRT to City Limits – The City of Edmonton