The N.E. LRT extension to Saddle Ridge is now complete. A grand opening block party was held on Saturday, August 25 to celebrate the opening of the two new stations, Martindale and Saddletowne. Area residents enjoyed activities, entertainment and speeches from the Mayor, Alderman and Provincial dignitaries.
Hundreds of people from northeast Calgary attended a block party to celebrate the opening of the city's two newest Ctrain stations at Martindale and Saddletowne.
Full service was open to the public on Monday, August 27.
This addition to the northeast LRT line will support an estimated 8,000 daily passengers. It is the second extension of the northeast line in recent years that will support the growing demand of both the business and residential communities in Calgary's northeast.
Construction of the N.E. LRT extension to Saddle Ridge started in the summer of 2009 and completed in August 2012.
In order to support the growing demand of both the business and residential communities in the northeast, the N.E. LRT was extended to Saddle Ridge. This extension included:
- Two new stations (Martindale and Saddletowne)
- Bus transfer facility with nine bus bays and Park 'n' Ride for approximately 130 vehicles at Saddletowne
- Approximately 2.9 km of track from McKnight-Westwinds CTrain Station to the Saddletowne Station
- Grade separation of the LRT line across 64 Avenue N.E.
64 Avenue/Métis Trail Interchange
In the early stages of this project it was deemed necessary to separate the LRT system from traffic on 64 Avenue N.E. The City constructed a grade separation at this location and this work was completed by winter 2010.
The new traffic alignment went into operation in late 2010 with the remainder of the intersection completed in fall 2011.
Calgary Transit has implemented a number of initiatives to further improve the safety, security and cleanliness of the transit system. Each of these will be included as part of the LRT extension to Saddle Ridge. For more information, please visit Calgary Transit.
The station in Martindale was built as a split side loading station, with a platform on either side of Martindale Boulevard. This increases safety as trains approaching the roadway will have just stopped at the station prior to crossing Martindale Boulevard.
The City worked with the community school to educate children on issues of safety and the LRT. This includes safe behaviour around the construction site and around LRT crossings and at CTrain stations.
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Since 2007, the engagement process for this project included several information sessions, community meetings and open houses.
Additionally, a Community Consultation Committee (CCC) was formed and discussed the topics of station appearance, screening walls, landscaping, LRT traffic-related issues and neighbourhood parking.
The CCC was comprised of residents from Martindale, Saddle Ridge and Taradale. There was also representation from Crossing Park School. During the initial stages of engagement with the CCC, they met with an architect to provide community perspective on the preliminary design of the two stations.
Project details will be updated regularly. Please keep checking back. For more information, please fill out the online form or call 311.