Tonight is the first big test of Rogers Place. Keith Urban leads what will be a week long series of concerts. And it’s the first chance to see how LRT plans hold up, especially since the Metro line is running at less than optimal capacity.
Transit staff are suggesting you walk the extra couple of blocks south from Rogers Place to either the Churchill or Bay stations, instead of the MacEwan station north of the arena. That’s because the capital line runs trains more frequently, and carries more passengers.
Saturday night, for Dolly Parton, it gets even more drastic. The Metro Line will not be in service at all. “It’s the necessary evil of having this infrastructure,” Adam Laughlin the GM of infrastructure for the city. “At certain points in time you’ll have to shut it down to do some improvements.”
It means buses on Saturday and Sunday will replace LRT service, while warranty and maintenance work is carried out. While that goes on, Laughlin said the continued testing of the Metro Line and its signalling system is still on-going.
“It’s still not quite there. We’re hoping that we’ll get there soon,” he said. “Everything looks to be performing well but we need some time to confirm.”
Normal bus service this weekend will be every 15 minutes, however in the lead up to the concert and after the show it’ll increase to 7-8 minutes.
As everyone works to get things smoothed out for events at Rogers Place, the city has put on its website, details on parking, transit service, and a guide to walking and cycling downtown.