An LRT train travelling during winter

Edmonton's light rail transit (LRT) system is an above and underground train that runs from Clareview in the northeast to Century Park in the south. There are 18 stations along the route, including one at Commonwealth Stadium and another at Rogers Place (MacEwan). Several LRT stations in the downtown core connect to Edmonton's convenient pedway system.

Proof of Payment

Signs throughout the LRT system alert passengers to Proof of Payment Areas.

A blue sign indicating a Proof of Payment area

You must be in possession of a valid fare product within a proof of payment area. Valid forms of payment include:

  • A validated ticket purchased at a fare vending machine in one of the stations. Easy-to-follow directions are posted on the fronts of these machines
    A fare vending machine
  • A validated ETS ticket from a previously purchased strip of tickets. You must validate your tickets at one of the bright orange ticket validators found near the entrance to the proof of payment areas.
    A ticket validating machine
  • Insert the ticket arrow-end first
    Insert the ticket arrow-end first

Random checks for proof of payment will be made, so be sure to have yours handy. There's a $250 fine for fare evasion.

Waiting for the LRT

The door open button on an LRT train

For your safety, please wait for the LRT by standing behind the safety strip, preferably at least two metres from the edge of the platform. Listen for approaching train announcements including track number. When your train approaches, wait until it has come to a full stop before you step to the edge of the platform. You can open the train doors by pushing a lit button found beside them. Allow other passengers to exit the train before you attempt boarding. Interesting points on LRT Doors.

On the LRT

Find a seat, or, if the train is crowded, hold on to one of the poles. LRT vehicles accelerate rapidly and quietly, and can knock you off balance, so take care. If you're standing in front of the doors, stay back as they open inward. You'll hear a bell just before the train starts moving. This bell also warns passengers on the platform to stand clear of the edge.

Portable Listening devices (such as CD players, iPods, and MP3 players) are allowed on the LRT at the driver's discretion. If your music disturbs another passenger, you will be asked to turn it down or off.

An LRT station map above each train door will tell you which station you are approaching. A recording will announce each station as the LRT approaches. As with boarding, you must open the train doors by pressing an adjacent lit button. As you exit, look for signs above the platform for direction. Remember to hold on to your LRT proof of payment if you're planning to use the bus, as it can be used to transfer to a bus.

Getting Help

Customer information and assistance phones are in all LRT stations, as well as blue emergency help phones.

An emergency help phone found on LRT platforms

Transit Peace Officers patrol the stations and travel the system, and are there for your protection and security. Please feel free to ask for help if you encounter a problem.

A pair of Transit peace officers who can be found on the system or called for using the emergency phone found on LRT platforms

To learn more about our safety procedures please visit Safety and Security.