Sometimes, it’s easier to leave your Chevy Cruze or GMC Sierra in the garage for the day while you take advantage of public transportation, and the new LRT Metro Line is designed to make taking the train even more convenient. Unfortunately, the multiple delays have left us waiting, patiently of course, for the new LRT Metro Line in Edmonton AB. As we wait for the new line to open, we wanted to give you some of the key things you need to know about the Edmonton LRT Metro Line.
1. The North LRT to NAIT Metro Line will open in early 2015
While the Metro Line was expected to open in the spring of 2014, the city now anticipates trains to start running on the LRT line in early 2015. Construction on the line is complete, but no exact date is currently set, as the contractor is working to complete the signaling system. Once that process is finished, the final steps toward opening the new line can take place.
2. The Delays are Due to Complications with the new Signaling System
As we briefly mentioned above, the Edmonton Metro Line is delayed due to the contractor (Thales Rail Signalling Solutions Inc.) completing the signaling system, which controls train traffic. The previous delays were due to the same issue, and although the delays have caused some frustration for Edmontonians, the city is simply ensuring the line is completely safe when it opens to the public.
3. The LRT Metro Line is well under budget
Despite the delays, the Metro Line remains $90 million under the $755 million budget for the project. The leftover funds will be used in the Valley Line Project.
4. Test Trains are Currently Running
Currently, light rail trains are running along the Metro Line, from Health Sciences Station to NAIT Station, so if you see trains on the line, that’s why. Most often, test trains won’t run during peak hours, but drivers and pedestrians should obey all signals and signs as if the line were open.