Metro Line (North LRT to NAIT)
Testing for Safety
Starting in July 2013, residents may notice crews testing warning bells and gates at intersections along the Metro Line (North LRT to NAIT) right-of-way. The warning bells are a necessary safety device to alert motorists, pedestrians and cyclists that trains are approaching the crossing, with the intent of preventing a collision. While trains won’t be running on the track until the fall when testing and commissioning of the Metro Line begins, rigorous testing of the signals and systems is required for public safety and to ensure operational efficiency.
The City of Edmonton recognizes the need to strike a balance between safety and reducing impact to surrounding residential communities. Preventative measures such as electronic bells that are directed to pedestrians instead of railroad-style bells will also be used to limit the potential for noise to carry beyond pedestrian areas. Noise levels will be monitored and mitigated, if necessary, to meet City policy.
About the Project
The Metro Line (North LRT to NAIT) is a 3.3 km extension from Churchill LRT Station in downtown Edmonton northwest to NAIT. It’s the first segment of a planned LRT expansion to Edmonton city limits near St. Albert and is part of the Transportation Master Plan’s vision to expand LRT service to all sectors of the City by 2040.
Because land use and transportation are closely linked, LRT growth will be guided by the principle of "transit oriented development”. Its goal is to create compact neighbourhoods with a mixture of residential, employment, recreational and business opportunities within convenient walking distance of transit.
The construction management team is North Link Partnership.
- Construction is expected to be complete in December 2013.
- The Metro LIne is expected to open to public service in spring 2014.
- New LRT Stations at MacEwan University, Royal Alexandra Hospital, and NAIT.
- Direct underground connection between MacEwan Station and Churchill Station.
- Street-level LRT between 105th Ave and NAIT.
- Overhead pedway above 105th Ave at MacEwan Station.
- Relocated Kingsway bus terminal at Royal Alexandra Hospital.
- New multi-use trail connects all new LRT stations.
- Will add 13,200 weekday riders to Edmonton's LRT network.
- Capacity for considerable growth once the line extends to city limits and further into St. Albert.
- Weekday ridership will increase by 45,000 with northwest extension.
- Interchange for Metro Line at Churchill Station.
- Nine minute travel time from Churchill Station to NAIT.
Total cost for the project is estimated at $755 million
- Province of Alberta is funding $497 million
- Government of Canada is funding $100 million
- City of Edmonton is funding $158 million
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