Edmonton Transit buses will replace all LRT service at times this weekend to allow for testing of the new signalling system. LRT service will be restored in time to take hockey fans to and from the Oilers’ game on Saturday night; however, trains will be out-of-service all Sunday in order to complete this round of system testing.
On Saturday, March 21, there will be no LRT service on the Capital Line (Clareview to Century Park) from start of service until 5 p.m. Bus route 505 will replace LRT service during that time, with buses stopping at every station between Clareview and Century Park, running on a 5 minute frequency.
Enhanced LRT service will support hockey fans attending the hockey game at Rexall Place.
On Sunday, March 22, there will be no LRT service on the Capital Line (Clareview to Century Park) for the entire day. Bus route 505 will replace LRT service with buses stopping at every station between Clareview and Century Park, running on a 7-8 minute frequency.
Transit users are also invited to use ETS Trip Planner for alternative route information.
Regular LRT service will be restored for the start of service on Monday, March 23.
Test trains will be running on the street-level portions of the Metro Line and the Capital Line during the shutdown. Pedestrians and motorists are reminded to stay safe by following the traffic signs and signals, and never stopping on the tracks.
The new LRT signalling system enables trains on the new Metro Line and the existing Capital Line to safely and reliably share the same tracks between Health Sciences/Jubilee Station and Churchill Station. The signalling system contractor, Thales, has committed to handing the system over to ETS on March 23, 2015. The City is cautiously optimistic that the Metro Line will open to service in spring 2015.
The City of Edmonton thanks ETS customers for their patience and understanding during the LRT service shutdown.