LRT system size, scale, and operation.
About the Project
The Metro Line 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.
February 2017 Update
The City of Edmonton has been given the green light by Rail Safety Consulting—an independent safety auditor hired to ensure the Metro Line’s new signalling system is sound—to lift the speed restriction that has been in place at intersections.
The City of Edmonton is reminding commuters to stay safe once Metro Line trains start running at full speed through intersections on Sunday February 19, 2017.
Trains will be moving at speeds of up to 50 km/h through intersections. Drivers, pedestrians and cyclists are reminded to:
- Obey all traffic signs, signals and gates
- Never stop on the tracks
- Exercise patience. Trains may be moving faster, but there will still be waits at intersections along the Metro Line
The lifting of speed restrictions is another step towards full delivery of the signalling system from the contractor, Thales. The next step will be to bring the new signalling system into full operation on the Capital Line, which will allow Metro Line trains to run between the University of Alberta and NAIT as intended. It will also allow Capital service to return to normal, with trains running every 5 minutes between Century Park and Clareview.
Find out more about the timeline of the Metro Line LRT project.