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Edmonton - September 2003
   

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Edmonton — Streetcar Extension

Rail Transit Online, September 2003

The Edmonton Radial Railway Society (ERRS) is extending its High Level Bridge heritage streetcar line north three blocks from its current terminal near the Grandin light rail station to just south of Jasper Avenue along a former Canadian Pacific right-of-way.  It is part of the $2.5-million Ribbon of Steel project equally funded by the federal, provincial and city governments.  It will include a parallel bicycle and pedestrian path and small plazas at three new stations.  Harvey Bradley, president of the Radial Railway Society, told The Edmonton Journal that the new stations will be more convenient for passengers seeking to ride the only car now operating on the single-track bridge line, No. 247, which was built in 1921 for the Japanese city of Hankai and acquired by ERRS in 1990 from Osaka.  Bradley says he expects the extension will help boost the line’s annual ridership of 50,000.  The Society is planning to add a passing track just south of the bridge so that more than one trolley can be operated.  ERRS also operates a heritage line inside Fort Edmonton Park using four restored Canadian streetcars.

 

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