METRO LINE BULLETIN
UPDATE: FIRST WEEK OF OPERATIONS
It’s been just over a week since the Metro Line began operations and, except for a couple of hiccups, the system is operating well and has become popular with riders.
Last week there were two incidents of delays in LRT service, one because of a technical issue on the Capital Line, and one because of a communication issue with one of the Metro Line trains. Both problems were dealt with quickly and full service was restored as soon as possible.
Traffic congestion problems at intersections along the line have been less than expected, thanks in part to those drivers who leave a little extra time in their travel schedules or who search for alternate routes of travel. The City of Edmonton wants to thank all drivers for their patience as they adapt to the new Metro Line service.
The beginning of September is always extremely busy for Edmonton Transit as people return to work and school. However, ETS has been keeping a close watch on service, especially buses serving near and across the Metro Line. After a busy first week, no buses were significantly delayed due to the Metro Line. In addition to the new LRT service, ETS has also added to the frequency of routes 15, 90 and 133 to ensure continued convenient service to downtown, NAIT and the University of Alberta.
City staff have been monitoring the intersections along the Metro Line route and have made small changes to the signalling systems to improve traffic flow. They have also adjusted the Metro Line schedule so that both north and southbound trains cross intersections at the same time whenever possible, to reduce traffic delays.
It takes a while to get used to a new service like the Metro Line and there are always a few hiccups that have to be dealt with. But with trains running at near capacity for passengers, the Metro Line is already showing its value in improving the transportation choices of Edmontonians and helping to make Edmonton a more sustainable city.
For more information, please visit takeETS.com/Metro or edmonton.ca/metroline.
The information in this bulletin is current to September 14, 2015. All dates are approximate and weather dependent. For more information please check www.edmonton.ca/ metroline, email email@example.com or leave a voicemail at the LRT Projects Message Centre: 780.496.4874.
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