Ride Edmonton's Light Rail Transit (LRT)

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Ride Edmonton's Light Rail Transit (LRT) Reviews

te-quiero te-quiero
13 reviews
Jan 30, 2008
Well, what can I say about our tiny little train service?

There are currently (30 January 2008) 11 stops from one end (Health Sciences) to the other (Clareview). You cannot get on the wrong line - there is only one with two directions of travel to go. Clareview is in the far north east of Edmonton and Health Sciences is fairly central but slightly south and east. Extensions are currently underway to make the tracks continue south.

A valid ticket on the LRT will cost $2.50 for an adult and can be used for up to 90 minutes of travel for any number of distances or times. Your LRT ticket can be used for a transfer to an Edmonton city bus and bus tickets can be used as tranfers to the LRT. Packs of 10 tickets can be purchased for about $20. Monthly passes can be purchased at some convenience stores for about $60. Tickets are checked by people on the LRT sometimes, even less frequently in rush hours. I believe the fine is over $100 for failure to show a valid ticket. Bus drivers won't let you on a bus without a ticket or cash to pay the fare there and then.

As far as ease of use and punctuality, I think the Edmonton LRT is great! It gets me to and from work five days a week. If seeing a concert or attending an event at either Rexall Coliseum or Commonwealth Stadium, the LRT is probably the best mode of transport to and from. Trains don't come very often midday, but during peak hours you won't have to wait long. Unfortunately service doesn't run 24-hours.

Because the line is so small, delays and trouble seem to be less frequent than in bigger cities.

I hope you enjoy riding the LRT!! There are some nice views of Edmonton as you cross the North Saskatchewan River from the University Alberta to dowtown!
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silvershamrock says:
Since 2008 when this review was written, there have been a few changes:
1 - the LRT now runs further south, past Southgate Mall to Century Park
2 - the city is adding a second line which will connect with the main LRT line described above and run north and west. At the time of writing (2013) it is still under construction however.
3 - the original reviewer didn't mention that train cars are very quiet and comfortable, and they are also equipped with emergency alerts. Most are also fully wheelchair accessible.
4 - the ticket price has gone up (it is now $3). Tickets are still valid for 90 minutes and can be used to transfer to and from the city buses.

The LRT is an easy and relatively fast way to get from the downtown core to either the north or south sides of the city. From Central Station to either Clareview at the north end or Century Park at the south end is just over 20 minutes.
Posted on: Feb 18, 2013
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