May 31, 2023
After servicing Edmontonians for over 40 years, redevelopment work at Stadium LRT Station is now complete on many of the components approaching the end of their lifecycle. This is the first major LRT station rehabilitation to be completed in Edmonton.
Stadium Station was one of the original five stations on the Capital Line LRT system that opened in time for the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton.
“Stadium Station is not only an important historical transit hub in northeast Edmonton, but also a critical connection to the Commonwealth Recreation Centre and major events at Commonwealth Stadium. The redeveloped station not only enhances transit safety and accessibility, but also ensures the station will continue to serve Edmontonians for decades to come,” said Bruce Ferguson, Branch Manager, LRT Expansion & Renewal.
Redevelopment work began in 2020 and consisted of:
- A new platform on the west side of the tracks for event traffic from Commonwealth Stadium
- New, more accessible, street-level ramps at the end of each platform
- The addition of heated shelters, a security office and public washrooms
- A new open-design overhead roof canopy
- New public art installation, benches and furnishings
- Updating and relocating the communications and electrical rooms
“With this week being National Accessibility Week, the new station is a prime example of just how important it is to build infrastructure that is accessible to a range of mobility needs,” said Ferguson.
Commonwealth Stadium will once again host major events this summer, and the City encourages attendees to use public transit. Stadium station now offers more convenient transit service for thousands of riders accessing Commonwealth Stadium, including this weekend’s Luke Combs’ concert, Edmonton Elks’ football games and other events in the coming weeks and months.
“We’re excited to welcome transit riders to a more accessible, comfortable, open-concept LRT station,” said Carrie Hotton-MacDonald, Branch Manager, Edmonton Transit Service. “We remain committed to delivering safe, reliable and convenient service that continually evolves and enhances the rider experience.”
Using Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design principles, the redeveloped station helps to deter crime and disorder by increasing actual and perceived safety of transit riders through increased sightlines, improved lighting and reduced hidden spaces.
The redeveloped station also offers easy connection to Edmonton’s active transportation network, shared-use paths and transit-supportive development such as Muttart Crossing and Stadium Yards.
A portion of the $50 million in funding for the redeveloped station was provided through the federal Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF) and the provincial Green Transit Incentive Program (GreenTRIP).