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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. 

TLC for LRT projects for spring-summer 2019

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 (excluding K-Days), crews will be completing revitalization work on the 66 Street tunnel between Coliseum and Belvedere stations, including track replacement and work on the overhead catenary system. As a result, from 5am-7pm on weekdays, Capital and Metro Line trains will run every 12 minutes between Churchill and Clareview, and Churchill and Kingsway, respectively. Trains will run every 6 minutes between Century Park and Churchill. On weekends and after 7pm on weekdays, Capital and Metro Line trains run every 15 minutes.

In July and August, ETS will operate 4-car trains on both lines, excluding special event days. For special event days (Eskimos games/K-Days parade), ETS will operate 5-car trains.

Since NAIT Station can only accommodate 3-car trains, LRT service is 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)

During K-Days (July 19-28), work on the 66th Street tunnel will be suspended to allow Capital Line LRT service to return to regular weekday frequency (5/10 minutes from 5am-7pm). Metro Line trains will run every 15 minutes and evening/weekend frequency for both lines remains at 15 minutes. Both lines will run 4-car trains, except on the K-Days parade day (July 19) and on the Eskimos game day (July 25), when ETS will operate 5-car trains. NAIT Station remains closed during K-Days.

Platform Warning Tile Improvements

ETS will be upgrading platform warning tile at five outdoor LRT stations:

  • Clareview: starts on May 17
  • Kingsway/Royal Alex: starts on June 7
  • MacEwan: starts on June 29
  • Southgate: starts on July 19
  • Health Sciences/Jubilee: starts in August (final dates TBD)
    • Please note there will be some preliminary repair work at Health Sciences/Jubilee station from July 2-17. During this time, the south street-level entrance will be closed. Please use the street-level entrance at the north side of the platform.

These upgrades will occur on weekends and during evenings on weekdays (after 7pm). To complete the upgrades at Clareview and Kingsway/Royal Alex, there may be minimal service delays as trains pull into the station (five minutes or less).

However, due to the layover time at the station, southbound trains are expected to stay on schedule.

Otherwise, trains should maintain the regular 15-minute frequency, except for special event days, when trains run every 12 minutes. If that changes, updates will be communicated on this page and on social media.

Please note these dates could change depending on the weather and the condition of the platform under the tile. Once the original tiles are removed, more work may be required before installing the new tiles.

Muttart Crossing Transit-Oriented Development around Stadium Station

The City of Edmonton’s Transit-Oriented Development south of Stadium Station includes 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, LRT service will be suspended between Churchill and Clareview Stations on the following weekends:

  • May 18-20
  • June 8-9
  • July 6-7

Buses will replace LRT during each closure. LRT Replacement buses will also travel further south to Corona to accommodate customers travelling downtown. For the July 6-7 closure, due to construction, bus stops on 100 St will temporarily move to 101 St between Jasper Ave & 104 Ave. Look for bus stops with pink signs.

On Saturdays, buses run every 5 minutes until 7pm. After 7pm until the end of service, buses run every 7-8 minutes.

On Sundays/holidays, buses run every 7-8 minutes. Before 5:30am and after 12:35am, buses run every 15 minutes.

The LRT will still run every 15 minutes between Century Park and Kingsway/Royal Alex.

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