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The link below redirects you to an interactive Google map, so that you can take a look at the planned stations.
|Edmonton's West and SE LRT lines|
First let me list some stats for the new lines. The whole line is 26.89 km long and consists of 29 stations and a end to end travel time of 57 minutes and an average speed of 33 km/h. For comparison, Edmonton's existing LRT line is 20 km long with 15 stations, end to end travel time of 33 minutes and an average speed of 33 km/h. The new lines has a 77% increase in travel time, and a 15% reduction in average speed, however it also has an 93% increase in the number of stations.
The doubling of stations per kilometer means that you are basically doubling the this lines catchment area. While the existing line may seem faster, the travel times to not account for transfer times or time that is spent travelling to an area that is not serviced by an LRT stop. If you do not place a LRT stop in an area it means that you have to travel to either station before or after and transfer to a bus or walk/cycle to your destination. With the increase of stations per kilometer with the new line, it is more likely that your destination is more direct and you will not need to spend as much time travelling after disembarking the LRT.
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|West LRT Line 800 m Catchment Zones|
The West LRT line is 12.57 km long from the western Lewis Estates station to the western edge of Downtown Edmonton and consists of 14 stations. The City of Edmonton website estimates that the maximum travel time from the Lewis Estates station to the campus station will be 28 minutes, so this work out to an average travel speed of 27 km/hr. The following tables outline the distances, times and destinations within 800 m for each station on the West LRT line.
|Downtown LRT Connector Walkable Zones|
The Downtown LRT connector is 1.91 km long from the western Campus station to the eastern Quarters station and consists of 5 stations. The City of Edmonton does not provide estimates for travel times for this section yet, but assuming similar west LRT average travel speeds of 27 km/hr, the maximum travel time will be 4.5 minutes.
With the existing and the new NAIT lines this will bring the total number stations in the downtown area to twelve. The new downtown LRT line will run parallel one block from the existing LRT line and the station locations will be staggered between the the existing station locations. With the exception of the Churchill stations, it will only take at most 5 minutes to transfer between lines. The following tables outline the distances, times and destinations within 800 m for each station on the downtown LRT connector.
The downtown LRT design is also great in that it sets out to turn 102 ave into a partial pedestrian mall (see image above Image credit: www.edmonton.ca). There will only ever be 1 car lane along 102 ave for business and local access, and west and south bicycle lanes will be installed along with wide sidewalks. The section of 102 ave between 99 and 100 st that flanks Churchill square will be completely closed to automobile traffic.
|Southeast LRT walkable zones|
The West LRT line is 12.41 km long from the eastern downtown Quarters station to the southeast Millwoods station and consists of 10 stations. The City of Edmonton website estimates that the maximum travel time from the Lewis Estates station to the campus station will be 25 minutes, so this work out to an average travel speed of 30 km/hr. Its interesting because you can see that by dropping 4 stations from approximately same length as the west line you increase your average speed by 3 km/hr. The following tables outline the distances, times and destinations within 800 m for each station on the southeast LRT line.