TLC for LRT, Vol. 6: light at the end of 66 St tunnel

On July 17, crews finished the rail replacement at the 66th Street tunnel between Coliseum and Belvedere. With both tracks open, ETS operated Capital Line trains at regular weekday frequency from July 19-28. This helped people enjoy K-Days, Taste of Edmonton and other summer attractions for those 10 days. 

However, the track replacement was only one part of this project. Now that K-Days is over, crews have returned to complete adjustments to the overhead catenary system (that’s the electrical wire system that powers the trains). We’re aiming to finish the work before school resumes in September.

“One of the benefits of this revitalization work at the 66th Street tunnel is to provide better LRT service between Coliseum and Belvedere,” said Lloyd Meyer, Manager of LRT Operations. “Before this project started, trains had to travel this section at 30 kilometres per hour. After the track replacement and the catenary system adjustments, trains will be able to safely travel at 60 kilometres per hour.”

While this work is underway, Capital and Metro Line trains return to operating every 12 minutes on weekdays until 7 p.m. ETS will continue to run 4-car trains on both lines due to ongoing platform repairs at Health Sciences/Jubilee Station.

We understand the short-term inconvenience for transit customers, but this work is required and will lead to a smoother LRT experience after August 30. For the latest updates about this project, visit takeETS.com/projects or follow @takeetsalert on social media.

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