New paint job could be first step for Edmonton's aging LRT stations
City crews will repaint the ugly, flaking roof of the Coliseum station this weekend, a move many hope is a step toward a full redesign for Edmonton’s aging LRT stations.
There’s broad council support for using some of the new federal transit dollars to fund $2 million of design work to refurbish Stadium and Coliseum stations. The final decision is scheduled for June 14, before Edmonton’s priority list is submitted to the federal government.
The actual reconstruction would be considered during the next capital budget cycle.
Buses to replace trains on north end of Edmonton’s main LRT line over May long weekend
EDMONTON — Starting on Saturday, buses will replace LRT service between the Clareview and Churchill stations as crews work on a number of maintenance projects.
Crews will work around the clock to get several projects done as quickly as possible.
Transit stimulus could mean fresh look for LRT stations
Federal stimulus dollars could mean a major spruce-up to the city’s transit system with plans to renovate LRT stations and busways across the city.
The federal government announced a multi-billion investment in transit during the spring budget, including funds designed to be spent quickly and boost the economy.
While long term, the city is hoping to use the new funding to build new LRT, the short-term wish lists includes spruce ups of the Corona, Central and Bay stations along with a $5 million upgrade to Churchill Station.
Jim Stein, who is overseeing the projects with the city, said the 38-year-old Churchill station really needs the love.
“Visually and architecturally it needs to be updated,” he said.
Edmonton transit to see several major construction projects
Edmonton’s transit system will be getting a major refresh over the next three years, including a complete overhaul of Churchill Station.
City council approved nearly $300 million in projects last week, using a boost from the federal government that included LRT station and transit centre upgrades, cameras in all city buses and design work for future LRT lines.
Churchill station will get a complete overhaul of ceiling tiles, elevator upgrades and walls. That construction will come as the Valley Line LRT also disrupts the station, adding a new connection.
The City of Edmonton is soliciting interest from members of the public who want to play an integral role in community engagement as another major transit project pushes forward. The Capital Line South LRT Extension Community Advisory Committee (CAC) will consist of ten members appointed by community leagues, the South Edmonton Business Association, local schools, and William Lutsky YMCA, with an additional two community-at-large members.
Pedestrian access to Century Park LRT station needs improvement, report confirms
In a report coming to the Urban Planning Committee on Tuesday, the city says pedestrian access from the Blue Quill neighbourhood to Century Park LRT station needs improvement.
Currently the LRT station connects to the neighbourhood through an overpass that crosses over 111 Street, but Erin Toop, general supervisor for the city's planning branch, says they found that pathway to be “convoluted”.
“Our analysis shows that the neighbourhood could benefit from an additional access that is somewhere south of that existing pedway towards 23 Avenue,” she said.
She says they found it takes people an extra five minutes to reach the LRT station using the indirect route from the southeast of the neighbourhood.
The original motion to explore options that could improve pedestrian connections was put forward by Ward 10 Coun. Michael Walters. He says he had heard from the public that access to not only the station, but also other businesses in the area could be improved.