South Campus/Fort Edmonton Park station

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South Campus/
Fort Edmonton Park
Edmonton LRT station
LRT Station South Campus squared.jpg
Coordinates53°30′10″N 113°31′43″W / 53.50278°N 113.52861°W / 53.50278; -113.52861 (South Campus/Fort Edmonton Park)Coordinates: 53°30′10″N 113°31′43″W / 53.50278°N 113.52861°W / 53.50278; -113.52861 (South Campus/Fort Edmonton Park)
Owned byCity of Edmonton
PlatformsCentre platform
Tracks2
Construction
Structure typeSurface
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessYes
Other information
WebsiteSouth Campus LRT Station
History
Opened2009
Traffic
Passengers (2017)
(typical weekday)
5,613 board
5,221 alight
10,834 Total[1]
Services
Preceding station Edmonton LRT Following station
McKernan/Belgravia
toward Clareview
Capital Line Southgate
McKernan/Belgravia
toward NAIT
Metro Line

South Campus/Fort Edmonton Park station is an Edmonton Light Rail Transit station in Edmonton, Alberta. It is served by the Capital Line and the Metro Line during peak hours. It is a ground-level station located on the University of Alberta's South Campus approximately two blocks to the west of the site originally proposed for the station on 113 Street.

History[edit]

The station was formally opened on April 25, 2009, with regular service commencing on April 26, 2009.[2]

South Campus was the southern terminus of the Capital Line for 52 weeks, from 2009 to 2010.

On September 18, 2018, a man was stabbed on the platform while waiting for the train.[3]

Name[edit]

On September 5, 2012, Edmonton City Council's executive committee voted to change the name of the station from "South Campus" to "South Campus/Fort Edmonton Park", citing Fort Edmonton Park lobbying for their name to be added since the station's opening. This vote was against the advice of the city's naming committee, who had originally chosen not to add Fort Edmonton Park to the name, because of its distance from the station – 3.4 kilometres. This change led to some negative feedback from the public, believing that tourists to the city would expect the park to be within walking distance of that station, and not a five-minute bus ride.[4][5][6]

Station layout[edit]

The station has a 123 metre long centre loading platform that can accommodate two five-car trains at the same time, one on each side of the platform. The platform is exactly nine metres wide.[7]

Around the station[edit]

South Campus/Fort Edmonton Park Transit Centre[edit]

South Campus/
Fort Edmonton Park
Transit Centre
South Campus-Fort Edmonton Park Transit station.jpg
Platforms14 bus bays[8]
Construction
ParkingNo
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessYes
Other information
WebsiteSouth Campus/Fort Edmonton Park Transit Centre

The South Campus/Fort Edmonton Park Transit Centre is adjacent to the LRT station to the west. It has several amenities including public washrooms, a large shelter, a pay phone and vending machines. There is no drop-off area or park & ride.[9] The transit centre itself is not directly at Fort Edmonton Park; it is 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) driving distance from the attraction.[10] Walking to the attraction from the transit centre can be difficult as there are no direct paths there from the transit centre.

Since April 28, 2019 South Campus/Fort Edmonton Park Transit Centre and Lewis Farms Transit Centre have been reconfigured as part of a "Drop-Off Zone Pilot Project".[11] As a part of this pilot, all buses dropping off passengers will do so at one of two "drop-off zones", before proceeding to the route's designated "boarding bay" to pick up passengers.[11] At Lewis Farms in particular, any buses that are considerably early will wait at a designated "layover area" after dropping off passengers at the drop off zone but before picking up new passengers at the boarding bay.[11]

The following bus routes serve the transit centre:[12]

To/From Routes
Aspen Gardens 50, 53
Belgravia 55
Brander Gardens 32
Capilano Transit Centre 4
Century Park Transit Centre 30, 36, 43
Fort Edmonton Park 595[a]
The Grange 139
The Hamptons 139
Leger Transit Centre 30, 36
Lessard 104, 105, 106
Lewis Farms Transit Centre 4
Lymburn 104
Southgate Transit Centre 32, 50, 53, 55
University Transit Centre 4, 54, 106
Wedgewood 138
West Edmonton Mall Transit Centre 4, 106
Whyte Ave 4, 54

The above list does not include LRT services from the adjacent LRT station.
School special routes that arrive/depart from South Campus/Fort Edmonton Park Transit Centre include routes 4S, 32S, 36S, and 50S.[15]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Route 595 is not operating in 2019 or 2020 as Fort Edmonton Park is closed for upgrades.[13][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2017 LRT Passenger Count Report" (PDF). Edmonton Transit System. March 2018. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  2. ^ LeBlanc, Brittney (April 25, 2009). "Opening Celebrations for two new LRT stations held today". iNews880. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  3. ^ Parsons, Page (18 September 2018). "'Plunged a knife a couple times': Witnesses treat stabbing victim at South Campus LRT station platform". Edmonton Journal. Postmedia. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  4. ^ Johnston, Scott (August 31, 2012). "Add name Fort Edmonton to South Campus LRT". iNews880. Retrieved September 9, 2012.
  5. ^ "Fort Edmonton to be added to LRT station name". CBC News. September 5, 2012. Retrieved September 9, 2012.
  6. ^ Staples, David (September 7, 2012). "Close only counts in horse shoes ... and LRT stations". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved September 9, 2012.
  7. ^ City of Edmonton (July 2011). "LRT Design Guidelines 2011" (PDF). City of Edmonton. p. 700. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 1, 2012. Retrieved May 30, 2012.
  8. ^ "South Campus/Fort Edmonton Park Transit Centre Map" (PDF). City of Edmonton. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  9. ^ "South Campus/Fort Edmonton Park Transit Centre". City of Edmonton. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  10. ^ "South Campus Fort Edmonton Park Transit Centre to Fort Edmonton Park Maps". Google. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  11. ^ a b c "Drop-Off Zone Pilot Project". City of Edmonton. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  12. ^ "Brochures in PDF". City of Edmonton. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  13. ^ Parrish, Julia (12 June 2018). "Details on planned upgrades at Fort Edmonton Park". CTV News. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  14. ^ "ETS Spring Service Changes". City of Edmonton. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  15. ^ "School Service: ETS Trip Planner". City of Edmonton. Retrieved 29 August 2019.

External links[edit]

Media related to South Campus/Fort Edmonton Park (ETS) at Wikimedia Commons