University station (Edmonton)

University station is an Edmonton Light Rail Transit station in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It serves both the Capital Line and the Metro Line. It is an underground station located beneath 112 Street at 89 Avenue on the University of Alberta campus. As of 2017, it is the busiest LRT station of the Capital and Metro lines with typical weekday traffic averaging 27,394 passengers.

University
Edmonton LRT station
University LRT Station 2312140960.jpg
Coordinates53°31′30″N 113°31′19″W / 53.52500°N 113.52194°W / 53.52500; -113.52194Coordinates: 53°31′30″N 113°31′19″W / 53.52500°N 113.52194°W / 53.52500; -113.52194
Owned byCity of Edmonton
PlatformsCentre
Tracks2
Construction
Structure typeUnderground
Depth23 meters
ParkingNo
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessYes
Other information
WebsiteUniversity LRT Station
History
Opened1992
Passengers
2019
(typical weekday)
13,672 board
15,531 alight
29,203 Total[1]
Services
Preceding station Edmonton LRT Following station
Government Centre
toward Clareview
Capital Line Health Sciences/Jubilee
Government Centre
toward NAIT
Metro Line Health Sciences/Jubilee
Terminus

HistoryEdit

University station was opened August 23, 1992 and was the first LRT station located on the south side of the North Saskatchewan River.[2] It is connected to Government Centre station by the Dudley B. Menzies Bridge,[3] a dedicated LRT bridge (with a lower level for pedestrians and cyclists). With the exception of the bridge and its approaches, the LRT line between Government Centre station and University station runs through tunnels.

University station was the southern terminus of the LRT line prior to the opening of the Health Sciences station on January 3, 2006.[4]

Station layoutEdit

 
Concourse level of University station, with the ticketing machines on the right.

The station has a 123 metre long centre loading platform that can accommodate two five-car LRT trains at the same time, with one train on each side of the platform. The platform is just over eight metres wide. Access to the platform is from a concourse level by stairs and escalators located at each end of the platform. There is also an elevator at the north end of the platform. The concourse level provides access to the surface and to the university's Housing Union Building (HUB). It is the deepest station on the line, at a depth of 23 m (75 ft) below the surface.[5]

Public artEdit

University station contains two sets of public art at either end of the concourse. "Tri: Making the Impossible Possible, 2003" is a suspended steel ball surrounded by a triangle, forming an optical illusion. "From Here 2003" is a series of 12 suspended aluminum sculptures. Both pieces were designed by University of Alberta students.[6]

Around the StationEdit

University Transit CentreEdit

University Transit Centre
 
Platforms3 bus bays[7]
Construction
ParkingNo
Disabled accessYes
Other information
WebsiteUniversity Transit Centre

The University Transit Centre is located above the LRT station on the transit and bicycle-only 89 Avenue. The transit centre is served by ETS and Strathcona County Transit (SCT). This transit centre does not have park & ride, a drop off area, public washrooms, pay phones, or vending machines, but does have a large shelter.[8]

The following bus routes serve the transit centre:[9][10]

To/From Routes
Belgravia 726 ETS
Bonnie Doon 4 ETS
Capilano Transit Centre 4 ETS
Castle Downs Transit Centre 51 ETS
Downtown 8 ETS
Hawrelak Park 51, 902 ETS
Lewis Farms Transit Centre 4, 920X ETS
MacEwan University 8 ETS
Parkallen 723 ETS
Sherwood Park Bethel Transit Terminal 414 SCT
Sherwood Park Ordze Transit Centre 404 SCT
South Campus/Fort Edmonton Park Transit Centre 4 ETS
West Edmonton Mall Transit Centre 4, 920X ETS
Westmount Transit Centre 51, 203 ETS, StAT
Whyte Ave 4, 8, 726 ETS
Windsor Park 726 ETS

The above list does not include LRT services from the adjacent LRT station.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2019 LRT Passenger Count Report" (PDF). City of Edmonton. April 2020. Retrieved 5 Feb 2021.
  2. ^ "LRT Brochure" (PDF). November 15, 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 4, 2007. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  3. ^ "Dudley Menzies Bridge - Light Rail Transit Bridge Over The North Saskatchewan River". Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2018-01-14.
  4. ^ "SLRT Newsletter" (PDF). February 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 18, 2006. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  5. ^ City of Edmonton (July 2011). "LRT Design Guidelines 2011" (PDF). City of Edmonton. p. 700. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 1, 2012. Retrieved May 30, 2012.
  6. ^ "University Station Art". City of Edmonton. Archived from the original on 4 September 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2021.
  7. ^ "University Transit Centre Map" (PDF). City of Edmonton. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  8. ^ "University Transit Centre". City of Edmonton. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  9. ^ "Brochures in PDF". City of Edmonton. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Schedules & Routes". Strathcona County. Retrieved 2 December 2018.

External linksEdit

  Media related to University station (ETS) at Wikimedia Commons