Edmonton North LRT – Under Construction

NLRT_to_Nait_Map_PG_rdax_474x700_90Here’s the last of my Edmonton LRT posts from July 2013.  (It’s amazing how far behind I am on posting things, but things are too busy to do photos and blog everyday).  This post covers the construction of the new Edmonton North LRT.  It’s currently the North LRT, but it will eventually be called the Metro Line once everything is finished.

The North LRT currently under construction runs from the existing Churchill Station downtown right by Edmonton City Hall.  Then it runs north and west towards Grant MacEwan University.  The train then swings straight north up 105 Street past the Prince of Wales Armouries to the diagonal running Kingsway Avenue.  The line runs northwest along Kingsway Avenue and passes by Royal Alexandra Hospital and Kingsway Garden Mall.  The line then makes another swing north down 106 Street to it’s terminus at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT).

Because the line is still under construction, the only way to see what was going on was to walk the line.  So I started around Grant MacEwan and made my way up to NAIT.  That took me a whole afternoon including some breaks at McDonald’s and the shopping mall to rest my feet and get some water.  Here are the photos.  I’m not going to add any narrative this time around.  However, there will be captions.

Grant MacEwan Station looking south towards downtown
A beautiful, but lonely brick building near the new Grant MacEwan Station. It’s in a rougher part of town from the looks of it.
The Lingnan Restaurant – made famous by the reality show The Quon Dynasty
The LRT 105 Street Canopy
Prince of Wales Armouries and new LRT tracks in the foreground
The view downtown near the Prince of Wales Armouries
Kingsway/Royal Alex Station under construction
Road Closed for LRT track construction along 106 Street near Kingsway Avenue
Avonair Curling Club – home to Kevin Martin and his 2010 Olympic Champion Team
NAIT LRT Terminus Station
ominous clouds over Edmonton City Center Airport right beside NAIT

The Metro Line is scheduled for operation in the Spring of 2014.  I’m not planning another trip to Edmonton in the next few years, but I look forward to eventually riding the new Metro Line when it’s ready  After the Metro Line opens, Edmontonians may have to wait until 2020 for their next LRT line.  Maybe I should wait until then, but it seems a long ways off…

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