With the concrete LRT station platforms completed, crews are focusing their work on the station shelters such as installing glass walls, lights, heaters and benches. Crews are also preparing to install solar panels on the platform canopies in December 2022. Producing renewable energy continues to be an important climate resiliency priority.
At the NAIT and Blatchford Utility Complexes, substantial interior and exterior progress has been made and work will continue in 2023. Crews will install mechanical and electrical equipment, including components that will power the LRT.
Construction of the unique “transit mall” in Blatchford (a vehicle-free area with multiple modes of active transportation) is in progress with a pedestrian sidewalk and commuter cycle track running adjacent to the LRT tracks. This concept emphasizes active mobility and provides direct pedestrian access to LRT stations. Design features include a tree-lined sidewalk on both sides of the LRT, and a continuous cycle track along the LRT corridor. Roadway crossings will enable future connections between Blatchford and the surrounding communities.
Most Overhead Catenary System (OCS) poles that will supply power to the trains have been installed and, in 2023, crews will install the OCS, LRT signals, traffic signals, sidewalk, Shared Use Path (SUP), and landscaping.
For more information, visit the Metro Line Northwest page.