Valley Line Southeast LRT – Update – Performance Demonstration Testing and Service Commencement
TransEd, the company responsible for the design, build, operations and maintenance of the Edmonton Valley Line Southeast LRT, is pleased to provide an update on the project.
As previously announced, testing identified cables that needed to be replaced to improve long-term system reliability. Today, we are pleased to announce cable replacement is complete, and line-wide train testing has resumed. “Replacement of the cables over the past nine weeks ensures the system will operate safely and reliably over the next 30 years,” says Dallas Lindskoog, TransEd spokesperson.
Concurrent with this upgrade, TransEd has continued to finalize and submit the required documentation for review by the independent certifiers who need to sign off on the system before the line can open for passenger service. In the next few weeks, trains will operate along the entire 13km, mimicking regular passenger service to demonstrate to the certifiers and the City that the Valley Line Southeast LRT is ready to open. We continue to work closely with the City, and more information about the opening date this fall will be provided as final testing and independent certification nears completion.
As the Valley Line Southeast is a low-floor, urban-style mode of transit, it will not use warning bells and crossing gates, and trains will behave differently at intersections than the current LRT. This means Edmontonians should be vigilant and carefully follow all traffic rules and signage around the new line. More information on public safety around the Valley Line can be found at transedlrt.ca and edmonton.ca/projects_plans/transit/pedestrian-and-traffic.