TLC for LRT: Major maintenance & revitalization projects set to begin
April 28, 2020

Starting Sunday, May 3, major LRT maintenance and revitalization projects will get underway as we resume our TLC for LRT initiative that began last year. Edmonton’s 40-plus year-old LRT network needs maintenance and upgrades to ensure it continues serving Edmontonians reliably and efficiently for the long-term.

McKernan/Belgravia LRT Station Closure
From May 3 until July, McKernan/Belgravia LRT Station will be closed to passengers to conduct platform repairs and tile replacement. Trains will continue to pass through the station, but will not stop to pick up or drop off passengers. Customers can use South Campus or Health Sciences to board or exit the LRT. Alternatively, bus routes 4 and 106 travel to/from South Campus and Health Sciences. We recommend customers check for their up-to-date trip planning information.

“We continually do our best to minimize disruptions for our passengers. A full station closure condenses the construction schedule while allowing us to continue operating longer trains to promote physical distancing between passengers. McKernan/Belgravia also sees the lowest passenger boardings of all 18 LRT stations,” said Craig McKeown, Director of LRT Operations and Maintenance.  

Starting May 4, after 9 a.m. daily, Capital/Metro Line trains will run every 15 minutes, with Metro Line trains only running between Health Sciences and NAIT until McKernan/Belgravia re-opens.

Stadium LRT Station Redevelopment 
The Stadium LRT Station Redevelopment project is scheduled to begin in mid-May. This project will address aging infrastructure that has been serving Edmonton for over 40 years. Improvements include an additional platform, new heated shelters, public washrooms and security office. This work will also involve renovating the entire station building, including the roof canopy, and removing the underground concourse. With these changes, passengers will enjoy an improved customer experience, including upgraded lighting and a more comfortable waiting area. We anticipate construction will be completed in January 2022. 

May 16-18: Partial LRT closure between Clareview and Churchill
As part of the work at Stadium Station, on the May long weekend (May 16-18), LRT service will be suspended between Clareview and Churchill. Buses will replace LRT between these stations. LRT will continue to run between Century Park and NAIT every 15 minutes. Platform tile replacement will also begin at Coliseum during the May long weekend. 

Health Sciences Station pedestrian crossing upgrades
During three weekends in May (9-10, 16-17 and 23-24), Capital Line trains will only run every 15 minutes, as crews will be working on upgrades to the pedestrian crossing at the north entrance of Health Sciences station. On May 9-10 and 23-24, Metro Line trains will only run between NAIT and Grandin stations. This crossing, as well as the north entrance to Health Sciences station, will also be closed from June 19-29.

As more projects and schedules are finalized, they will be added to , announced on ETS social media and via onsite signage at stations undergoing improvements.

During COVID-19, we are continuing to maintain and improve our city through infrastructure renewal. We are closely following the most recent guidelines and recommendations set by the Government of Alberta and Alberta Health, and are taking extra steps to ensure the places where we work are safe, sanitary, and provide proper physical distancing. 

For more information:

Media contacts:
Rowan Anderson (for operational inquiries)
(A) Senior Communications Advisor
Communication and Engagement

Katie Stewart (for construction inquiries)
Communications Advisor
Communication and Engagement