Transit Centers are sheltered waiting areas located where several bus routes and/or LRT alignments converge. To City administration transit centres are at the heart of how we get around Edmonton. To transit users, these shelters may be a place to strike up a conversation, read a book or simply, a place to have a seat and take a load off. However you see them, the City of Edmonton’s Transit Centre Revitalization Project is moving along to give these community spaces a facelift!
“Transit centres are a critical part of the fabric that connects Edmontonians to their city and to each other,” said Eddie Robar, Branch Manager, Edmonton Transit Service. “We’ve collaborated with many stakeholders to create integrated, barrier-free designs that allow more Edmontonians to safely access the transit system.”
The new Belvedere Transit Centre opened on October 2, 2019. This project included construction of a new building, which now boasts a new viewing area, more space, improved lighting and sightlines, as well as accessible transit operator washrooms with emergency call buttons inside that connect directly to staff in the ETS Control Centre.
Check out the Construction Time Lapse Video of new and improved Belvedere Transit Centre:
In addition, the City reopened the new and improved Castle Downs Transit Centre on July 26, 2019, after a rehabilitation project to modernize the infrastructure. This centre had been closed since March 2018. This new transit centre now has upgraded mechanical and heating systems, as well as public and transit operator washrooms with emergency call buttons.
Entering the transit centre, Edmontonians will see a modern building. They will also have an easy time navigating due to the barrier-free design.
A larger heated waiting area with seating makes waiting for the bus in the winter more enjoyable, and gives customers the ability to strike up a conversation with the person next to them.
Construction Time Lapse video of Castle Downs Transit Centre:
The City of Edmonton is investing in upgrading its existing infrastructure of 21 transit centres, 17 LRT stations and two LRT tunnels with $15,305,877 in funding from the Government of Alberta’s Green Transit Incentives Program (GreenTRIP) and $30,611,774 from the federal Public Transit Infrastructure Fund. In addition to GreenTRIP funding, the province is supporting a number of City of Edmonton transit projects through the Municipal Sustainability Initiative, including these upgrades to the Castle Downs Transit Centre and the Belvedere Transit Centre.
“The Government of Alberta is pleased to support Edmonton’s public transit centre development,” said Ric McIver, Alberta Minister of Transportation. “This investment will help improve local public transit services to better connect Edmonton residents to jobs, school and services.”
ConnectEdmonton, Edmonton’s Strategic Plan 2019 – 2028 sets the direction for Edmonton’s future. This Plan includes four strategic goals are the focus areas that require transformational change in the next ten years to achieve our vision. The Urban Places goal envisions an Edmonton where neighbourhoods are more vibrant as density increases, where people and businesses thrive and where housing and mobility options are plentiful. Through the Transit Centre Revitalization Project, the City hopes to encourage more people to choose public transportation by designing transit centres where people feel safe and connected.
The City of Edmonton would like to thank transit users for their patience during the construction process! Enjoy your new transit centres!