University LRT Station

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University
Edmonton LRT Station
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Station statistics
Coordinates 53°31′30″N 113°31′19″W / 53.52500°N 113.52194°W / 53.52500; -113.52194Coordinates: 53°31′30″N 113°31′19″W / 53.52500°N 113.52194°W / 53.52500; -113.52194
Structure type Underground
Platforms Centre
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened 1992
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by City of Edmonton
Website University LRT Station
Traffic
Passengers (2013)
(typical weekday)
14,360 board
14,460 alight
28,820 Total[1]
Services
Preceding station   Edmonton Transit System   Following station
toward Clareview
Capital Line
toward Century Park
toward NAIT
Metro Line
(Opens 2014)
Terminus

University Station is an LRT station on the Capital Line in Edmonton, Alberta. It is an underground station located beneath 112 Street at 89 Avenue on the University of Alberta campus.

University Station is the busiest LRT station in Edmonton, serving an average of 29,470 passengers per weekday.

History[edit]

University Station was opened August 23, 1992 and was the first LRT Station located on the south side of the North Saskatchewan River.[2] It is connected to Grandin (Government Centre) Station by the Dudley B. Menzies Bridge,[3] a dedicated LRT bridge (with a lower level for pedestrians and cyclists). With the exception of the bridge and its approaches, the LRT line between Grandin Station and University Station runs through underground tunnels.

University Station was the southern terminus of the LRT line prior to the opening of the Health Sciences Station on January 3, 2006.[4]

Station layout[edit]

The station has a 123 metre long centre loading platform that can accommodate two five-car LRT trains at the same time, with one train on each side of the platform. The platform is just over eight metres wide. Access to the platform is from a concourse level by stairs and escalators located at each end of the platform. There is also an elevator at the north end of the platform. The concourse level provides access to the surface and to the university's Housing Union Building (HUB). It is the deepest station on the line, at a depth of 23 metres below the surface.[5]

Public art[edit]

University Station contains two sets of public art at either end of the station. "Tri: Making the Impossible Possible, 2003" is a suspended steel ball surrounded by a triangle, forming an optical illusion. "From Here 2003" is a series of 12 suspended alluminum sculptures. Both pieces were designed by University of Alberta students.[6]

Around the Station[edit]

University Transit Centre[edit]

University Transit Centre
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Station statistics
Platforms 3 bus bays
Other information
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Website University Transit Centre

The University Transit Centre is located above the LRT station on the transit-only 89 Avenue. The transit centre is served by ETS, St. Albert Transit (StAT) and Strathcona County Transit (SCT). Routes encompass the cities of Edmonton, St. Albert, Sherwood Park and Spruce Grove.

The following bus routes serve the transit centre:[7]

Destination Routes
Capilano Transit Centre 4, 94 ETS
Castle Downs Transit Centre 128 ETS
Downtown 57 ETS
Lessard 106 ETS
Lewis Farms Transit Centre 4 ETS
Jasper Place Transit Centre 7 ETS
Parkallen 51, 313 ETS
Northgate Transit Centre 130 ETS
South Campus/Fort Edmonton Park Transit Centre 54 ETS
Sherwood Park 404, 414 SCT
Spruce Grove 197 ETS
St. Albert 203, 204 StAT
Windsor Park 313 ETS

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2013 LRT Passenger Count Report". Edmonton Transit System. January 2014. Retrieved February 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ "LRT Brochure" (PDF). November 15, 2004. Archived from the original on January 4, 2007. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  3. ^ Dudley Menzies Bridge - Light Rail Transit Bridge Over The North Saskatchewan River
  4. ^ "SLRT Newsletter" (PDF). February 2006. Archived from the original on April 18, 2006. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  5. ^ City of Edmonton (July 2011). "LRT Design Guidelines 2011". City of Edmonton. p. 700. Retrieved May 30, 2012. 
  6. ^ http://www.edmonton.ca/transportation/ets/alerts_routes_schedules_maps/university-station-art.aspx
  7. ^ http://www.edmonton.ca/transportation/U_of_A_Apr2013.pdf

External links[edit]

Media related to University LRT Station and Transit Centre at Wikimedia Commons