Starting April 6, 2019, ETS will be commencing some major maintenance projects that will help keep our LRT system running safely and smoothly moving forward.
TLC for LRT was created to help customers effectively plan their commutes this spring and summer. TLC for LRT projects include upgrades to LRT stations, infrastructure and track, as well as revitalization work on the Capital Line that will require the suspension of LRT service to NAIT Station.
Most of ETS’ maintenance work is scheduled when there is generally lower ridership (evenings/weekends) to help minimize service disruptions to transit users. Any work during weekend service helps complete the work faster, as a single weekend is equivalent to multiple weeks of evening shifts. However, there will be some weekday and/or long-term changes to help accomplish some TLC for LRT projects.
We appreciate the patience and cooperation from our customers during this time, which is why we are communicating this information early to help everyone plan ahead. Up to date information about service impacts can be found on this page, social media and on-site notices at LRT stations.
Upcoming TLC for LRT projects
Central Station Improvements
From April 6 - 27, 2019, the Central Station platform will be closed while crews complete lighting and ceiling tile upgrades. Ceiling tile replacement will dislodge a significant amount of dust and debris onto the platform. Furthermore, scaffolding, general materials and a number of crews and subcontractors (wearing PPE) are also required on the platform. All said, the platform needed to be closed to ensure the safety of ETS customers and working crews. The platform is a full construction site and crews are working as quickly as possible to expedite this work. We understand this causes inconvenience and we appreciate your patience.
During this closure, trains will still travel through the station, but will not stop to pick up or drop off passengers. Customers will need to use Bay/Enterprise Square or Churchill Stations to board or exit the train. The concourse and pedways at Central Station will remain open.
To help complete these upgrades, Capital and Metro Line trains will run every 20 minutes on the following weekends:
- April 6-7
- April 13-14
- April 19-21
66 Street Tunnel Renewal/NAIT Station Closure
From April 28 to August 30, crews will be completing revitalization work on the 66 Street tunnel between Coliseum and Belvedere stations. As a result, Capital and Metro Line trains will run at a 12-minute frequency between 5am and 7pm on weekdays. This means that trains will run at a 6-minute frequency between Century Park and Churchill during these hours.
Due to the frequency reduction in Capital Line trains, ETS will increase capacity by operating 5-car trains on both LRT lines. However, since NAIT Station cannot accommodate 5-car trains, LRT service will be suspended to NAIT. Metro Line trains will start/end at Kingsway/Royal Alex Station, instead of NAIT.
To access the LRT from NAIT or to get to NAIT, customers can take bus routes 8 or 9. These bus routes typically run every 15 minutes and include the following bus stops:
#1075 (105 Street and 118 Avenue WB)
#1476 (106 Street and 118 Avenue EB)
#1532 (106 Street/118 Avenue loop/NAIT loop)- Route 9 only
#1227 (106 Street and 117 Avenue NB)
#1223 (106 Street and 117 Avenue SB)
Platform Warning Tile Improvements
Starting in May, ETS will be upgrading the platform warning tile at five outdoor LRT stations:
- Health Sciences/Jubilee
These new tiles will help enhance safety and consistency across the LRT system.
To complete these upgrades, there will be adjustments to evening train schedules (from 7pm until end of service) and weekend train schedules (from start of service until end of service).
During tile replacement, Capital and Metro Line trains will run at a 20-minute frequency, compared to the usual 15-minute frequency.
The schedules for this work are currently being finalized. Please stay tuned for updates.
Muttart Crossing Transit-Oriented Development around Stadium Station
Part of the City of Edmonton’s Transit-Oriented Development south of Stadium Station is building an access road between Stadium Road and 84 Street and a pedestrian crossing from the station to the development area. To accommodate construction and maintenance, the LRT will be closed between Churchill and Clareview Stations on the following weekends:
- May 18-20
- June 8-9
- July 6-7
Bus replacement service will run between Clareview and Churchill Stations every 7-8 minutes during each closure.