The planned renewal of Stadium Stadium on the Capital Line LRT line will turn the ageing station into one of the Edmonton LRT system’s largest and most impressive stations.
Aesthetic and capacity upgrades are needed for the station, which was constructed over 40 years ago and directly serves the crowds that attend events at Commonwealth Stadium, making it a high-profile station.
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Moreover, the upgrade aligns with the area’s planned transformation into a dense mixed-use, transit-oriented community.
To provide additional capacity for boarding and deboarding, an additional southbound platform is being added on the west side of the tracks, while retaining the existing northbound platform.
The entire station structure, including its roof cover, will be redesigned with a contemporary design, and the underground concourse will be removed.
There will also be new heated shelters on each platform and at the bus exchange, plus new public washrooms, new bike parking, and enhanced lighting.
Access points into the station will be integrated for optimal connections to both sides of the tracks, including the stadium and growing neighbourhood.
The project is expected to cost approximately $27 million, with the municipal government and Brookfield Residential — an area developer — partnering to cover the cost. The city’s current direct costs for the project, not including other indirect costs, is currently at about $12 million.
In 2017, the station saw just over 5,000 boardings per weekday on average.