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General Description of System

  General Description | Vehicle Types | Stations & Platforms
 
Functional Characteristics | Personnel Requirements | Maintenance | Costs
 

Downtown

  • 2.0 km in-street section, opened May 25, 1981
  • Trains share transit mall with buses and emergency vehicles
 

South LRT

  • 10.9 km, opened May 25, 1981
  • Trains run on fenced right-of-way (R.O.W.) parallel to freight rail line from 41st Avenue to Somerset/Bridlewood Station S.W.
  • 3.4 km extension to Fish Creek/Lacombe, opened October 26, 2001
  • 3.0 km extension to Somerset/Bridlewood, opened June 28, 2004
 

Northeast LRT

  • 9.8 km, April 29, 1985
  • Trains run in median of roadway, with a concrete barrier separation
  • 2.8 km extension to McKnight-Westwinds, opened on December 17, 2007
 

Northwest LRT

  • 5.6 km, opened September 7, 1987
  • 1.0 km extension to Brentwood, opened August 31, 1990
  • 3.0 km extension to Dalhousie, opened December 15, 2003
  • Trains run in median of roadway and on exclusive right-of-way (R.O.W.) through residential areas
 

Total Length

  • 44.9 km, 5% grade separated, 8% underground
  • Proof of purchase fare system, free-fare zone on 7th Avenue
  • 26 major stations, 11 side loading platforms downtown
 

Geometric Characteristics

  • Overall width of system for 2 parallel sets of track (m): 12
  • Minimum required width for station (m): 20
  • Length of station platforms (m): 80
  • Maximum gradient in the system: 6%
  • Dimensions of dynamic envelope space (Gabarit dynamique)
    Height (m): 4:07
    Width (m): 3:11
  • Minimum feasible radius of horizontal curvature (m): 35 mainline, 25 yard
  • Minimum actual radius of horizontal curvature (m): 63 mainline, 25 yard
  • Minimum actual feasible radius of vertical curvature (m): 500
  • Minimum actual radius of vertical curvature (m): 500
  • Types of track used:
    ARA - A 100 rail with Pandrol fasteners on concrete ties on ballast
    ARA - A 100 rail on Lord Direct Fixation fasteners on concrete plinths
    Ri 60 girder rail on compressible supports in-street
    Noise levels in DBA: 72 at 25 m
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LIGHT RAIL VEHICLES (LRVs)
 

U2

U2 Light Rail Vehicle
 
SD 160
SD-160 Light Rail Vehicle
 
Fibreglass cab, steel body Steel body
LRVs can be operated from either command end LRVs can be operated from either command end
Suspension type: Megi rubber chevron, double coil springs Suspension type: Megi rubber chevron, double coil springs
Type of brakes: Dynamic, disc, and magnetic track brakes (U2 AC + Re-generative) auxiliary and emergency brake system Type of brakes: Re-generative / dynamic, disc, and magnetic track brakes
Dead weight (tonnes): DC 32.6 AC 36.0 Dead weight (tonnes): SD 160 42.0
Maximum payload vehicle (tonnes): 17.7 Maximum payload vehicle (tonnes): 17
Service Accelerations (m/s2): 1.1 Service Accelerations (m/s2): 1.34
Service Deceleration (m/s2): 1.3 Service Deceleration (m/s2): 1.34
Maximum Acceleration (m/s2): 1.3 Maximum Acceleration (m/s2): 1.34
Maximum Deceleration (m/s2): 3.0 Maximum Deceleration (m/s2): 3.0
Overall length of vehicle (m): 24.4 Overall length of vehicle (m): 24.82
Overall length of a 3 vehicle train (m): 73.2 Overall length of a 3 vehicle train (m): 74.4
Overall width of vehicle (m): 2.65 Overall width of vehicle (m): 2.65
Number of doors per vehicle: 4 each side,
Double folding width of doors (mm): 1,300
Height of doors (mm): 1,900
Number of doors per vehicle: 4 each side,
Sliding/plug width of doors (mm): 1,300
Height of doors (mm): 1,900
Practical passenger capacity:
design: 200
Practical passenger capacity:
design: 200
Number of seating passengers per vehicle: 64 Number of seating passengers per vehicle: 60
Number of motors per train: one each end 2
Type of power: 600 V DC
Motor rating: DC (at 1,200 rpm): 150 kw
Number of motors per train: two each end 4
Type of power: AC
Motor rating: 145 kw at 1588 rpm
Type of power collection: pantograph Type of power collection: pantograph
Power consumption (kwh per veh-km of operation) at: 3.23 Power consumption (kwh per veh-km of operation) at: 3.23
Auxiliary input power (volts): 24 Auxiliary input power (volts): 24
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Stations and Platforms

CENTRE LOADING:
Passengers board train from centre platform.

 

Somerset/Bridlewood Station
Fish Creek-Lacombe Station
Canyon Meadows Station
Anderson Station
Southland Station
Heritage Station
Chinook Station
Erlton Station
Stampede Station
McKnight-Westwinds Station
Whitehorn Station
Rundle Station
Marlborough Station
Franklin Station
Barlow / Max Bell Station
Zoo Station
Bridgeland Station
Dalhousie Station
Brentwood Station
U of C Station
SAIT/ACAD/Jubilee Station


 

SIDE LOADING:
Passengers board train from side platforms.

 

Shawnessy Station
39 Avenue Station
Sunny Side Station
Lions Park Station
Banff Trail Station
All Downtown Stations


 

Length of platforms (m): 80
Height of the platforms over the track (mm): 930

 

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Functional Characteristics

  • Maximum PRACTICAL single direction capacity at design capacity of 162 pass./car and 2 min. headway:
    3-car train (present) 14,580
    4-car train (future) 19,440
     
  • Maximum THEORETICAL single direction capacity (pass./hr/dir) at 256 pass./car and 2 min. headway:
    3-car train 23,040
    4-car train 30,720
     
  • Actual maximum peak hour passenger load (pass./hr/dir):
    a.m. peak 7,255
     
  • Current average headway (secs):
    for peak: 300
    off peak: - 600
     
  • Minimum practical headway (secs): 120
     
  • Average speed (km/hr): 30
     
  • Maximum speed (km/hr): 80
     
  • Train hours of operation: (2006)
    annual: 127,452
    per weekday: 388
     
  • Type of train (no. of units):
    Siemens-Duwag U2 - DC - 82
    - AC - 2 SD-160 AC -32
     
  • LRV availability: 84%
     
  • Average number of boarding passengers per day: (2006) 248,200
     
  • Weekday ridership per CTrain line:
    South - 86,100
    Northwest - 80,400
    Northeast - 58,900
    Downtown (free fare zone) - 22,800
     
  • Weekday boarding passengers per revenue operating hour: 611
     
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Personnel Requirements

  • No. of operators per vehicle: 1
     
  • No. of attendants per station: 0
     
  • No. of central control attendants on each shift:
    peak 3, off-peak 1
     
  • No. of maintenance personnel: 101
    Permanent Management Exempt staff members 11
     
  • Remainder:
    Journeyman I Electromechanic
    Journeyman II Electromechanic
    Trainee Electromechanic
    Preventative Maintenance Person LRV, Servicelane Attendant
    LRV, Fleet Lineup Attendant LRV
     
  

Maintenance Facilities

  • 1 heavy maintenance & cleaning facility - Anderson Garage 19,000 m2
  • 1 light maintenance & storage facility - Haysboro Garage 3,500 m2
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Development/Operating Costs

  • Total system development costs to date: $548 M
     
  • Original cost of vehicle acquisition/unit: $1.2 M
     
  • Current vehicle replacement cost: $3.9 M
     
  • Total costs of track construction per meter:
    above ground $30,000
    below ground $35,000
    at grade $15,000
     
  • Average costs per station: $2.1 M
     
  • Cost of Rail Control facilities: $3.1M
  • Vehicle Maintenance costs: $13.9M (2006)
  • Station Maintenance costs: $2.8M (2006)
  • Right of Way Maintenance costs: $2.9M (2006)
  • Signals Maintenance costs: $2.4M (2006)
  • Average annual power costs: $4.8M (2006)
  • Annual LRV Operator wages: $6.0M (includes fringe benefits of 21.57%) (2006)

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