LRT 20th Anniversary Commemorative Mural
This mural by artist Mariann Sinkovics celebrates 20 years of Light Rail Transit (LRT) service to the citizens of Edmonton. The history of the LRT system contains a number of significant milestones in both its construction and service to its customers.
Edmonton was the first city in North America with a population under 1 million to build a Light Rail Transit System. The first segment of the LRT opened in April 1978, just prior to the Commonwealth Games. One of the major challenges for the system was to engineer and build 1. 6 km of track under the downtown business centre of Edmonton. Other major challenges included tunnelling through the complex geological conditions which make up Edmonton's river valley and constructing Grandin/Government Centre Station using inclined piles to save the 50 year old trees lining the boulevard. Construction of the Edmonton system contained a number of ‘firsts' including the first use of the hydroshield tunnel boring machine in North America, the first use of the sequential excavation method of tunnelling in soft ground in North America and construction of the first segmental post-tensioned bridge in Western Canada. At the time of construction the Dudley B. Menzies Bridge contained the longest spans for a segmental post-tensioned bridge in North America.
Welcome Aboard. Edmontonians and visitors have taken the LRT to most of Edmonton's major events in the past 20 years starting with the Commonwealth Games in 1978. Edmonton has hosted the World University Games - Universiade ‘83; major concerts by artists such as David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd; sporting events ranging from Stanley Cup finals, Grey Cups, 1996 World Figure Skating Championships, World Cup Soccer Qualifying Events to Canadian Finals Rodeos; festivals such as Edmonton's Klondike Days, The Works, Jazz City and the Street Performers Festival. LRT also serves daily activities such as work, school and shopping.
Unveiled on April 30, 1999 by Councillor Terry Cavanagh - Deputy Mayor.