October 11, 2019
Transit customers in northeast Edmonton are enjoying a new facility at Belvedere Transit Centre which reopened October 2, 2019. This transit centre includes a new modern building, which features a viewing area, more space and improved amenities and safety features.
A modernized Castle Downs Transit Centre reopened July 26, 2019, after being closed since March 2018. Upgrades to this transit centre include a barrier-free design, accessible public and transit operator washrooms and mechanical and heating systems.
Nineteen other transit centres in Edmonton will receive upgrades as part of the City’s Transit Centre Revitalization Project. These upgrades include LED lighting and other features to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and operating costs.
“Transit centres are a critical part of the fabric that connects Edmontonians to their city and to each other,” said Eddie Robar, Branch Manager, Edmonton Transit Service. “We’ve collaborated with many stakeholders to create integrated, barrier-free designs that allow more Edmontonians to safely access the transit system.”
This Transit Centre Revitalization Project is made possible through the Government of Alberta’s Green Transit Incentives Program (GreenTRIP), which provides funding support for local, regional and inter-municipal public transit throughout Alberta, and the federal Public Transit Infrastructure Fund, which provides funding to municipalities to enhance and expand public transit across Canada.
“The Government of Alberta is pleased to support Edmonton’s public transit centre development,” said Ric McIver, Alberta Minister of Transportation. “This investment will help improve local public transit services to better connect Edmonton residents to jobs, school and services.”
The City of Edmonton is investing to upgrade existing infrastructure of 21 transit centres, 17 LRT stations and two LRT tunnels as part of the Transit Centre Revitalization Project. The Federal Public Transit Infrastructure Fund is contributing $30,611,774 to the project, while the Government of Alberta’s Green Transit Incentives Program (GreenTRIP) is providing $15,305,887. In addition to GreenTRIP funding, the province is supporting a number of City of Edmonton transit projects through the Municipal Sustainability Initiative, including these upgrades to the Castle Downs Transit Centre and the Belvedere Transit Centre.