What’s New – August 14, 2015
Metro Line to open for start of school year
The City of Edmonton is implementing an approach to Metro Line operations that will open Edmonton’s newest LRT extension to public service on September 6, 2015.
Since July 31 the City has been working with its independent signal engineering consultant (Owner’s Engineer) Hatch Mott MacDonald (HMM), to develop an interim signalling solution that would allow the Metro Line to operate. The project team has developed and tested a ‘line of sight’ operation that is safe and suitable for public service and can be implemented immediately.
‘Line of sight’ is a railway industry mode of operation that requires a speed restriction so that train operators can come to a stop within half the range of their vision. The ‘line of sight’ operation for the Metro Line requires that trains do not exceed 25 km/h between MacEwan Station and NAIT Station. The 25 km/h speed restriction will allow LRT service approximately every 15 minutes between Churchill Station and NAIT Station. Travel time between Churchill and NAIT will be approximately 14 minutes.
The City is still working towards full implementation which will remove the operating restriction and run Metro Line trains at maximum speeds of 50 km/h. Once Thales fully implements the signalling system the Metro Line will offer 10-minute frequency service between Health Sciences Station and NAIT Station. Travel time between Churchill and NAIT will be approximately seven minutes. Once the Metro Line opens to public service, ETS will continue to maintain high-frequency (every 15 minutes or better) bus service between downtown and NAIT on Routes 8, 9 and 15. ETS is also prepared to put the Ookspress express bus service between downtown and NAIT into immediate service as a contingency. If the Ookspress is required it will operate at 15-minute frequency during peak periods and evenings.
The City will continue to provide updates related to the Metro Line as developments warrant.
The information in this bulletin is current to August 14, 2014. All dates are approximate and weather dependent. We thank you for your patience during testing of the Metro Line. For more information please check www.edmonton.ca/metroline, email email@example.com or leave a voicemail at the LRT Projects Message Centre: 780.496.4874