About the Project
Park 'n' Ride is located on 5 Avenue South between 7 and 8 Street in the heart
of downtown Lethbridge. It has ten drop-off/pick-up locations and a one-way traffic flow in and out of the site, improving safety and accessibility, and also includes elevator service to access all levels.
The completion of the facility has provided:
- a comfortable location, protected from weather, to access City transit services, ticketing and washroom facilities
- an easy-to-access pick-up/drop-off location for Red Arrow Bus Lines to provide regional bus service
- a three-level parking structure that increased parking stall availability in downtown Lethbridge
- downtown commercial space for lease
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Other than some minor deficiencies, the project is complete and City Transit started using the facility in August 2019. Regional bus service began operating from the facility in September of 2019 and the grand opening celebration for the facility was also held in September.
With construction and road work complete, Lethbridge Transit began operating out of the new facility on August 28. Red Arrow will be operational from the downtown terminal as of September 4 and a Grand Opening Celebration will be held on September 6 with free transit provided for the entire day.
Construction continues on the interior of the building including the installation of the mechanical heating and HVAC systems. Crews are beginning asphalt work around the site. Street lighting, tree grates and benches have been ordered and will be installed later this summer. Framing of exterior windows is underway.
In late fall and early winter, the windows and openings in the Park 'n' Ride were tarped. Using heaters to maintain a steady temperature, crews were able to proceed with interior work. The main and second floor concrete slabs were poured in early January. Most of the main floor wall framing has been completed as well as some of the concrete block
partitions. Rough in of the underground services in the interior bus lane are
nearing completion and they are compacting base material to bring it up to
The installation of the pre-cast blocks continues and is nearing half-way to completion. This work is expected to wrap up near the end of October. At that time, the building will be closed up and heated so finishing work can be completed over the winter months.
July 26, 2018
City Council approves an amendment to the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) adding $2.9M to the capital budget for the Regional Park 'n' Ride Transit Terminal project with funding from the Federal Gas Tax Fund (FGTF) program of $1,366,000 and Green Trip (GT) surpluses of $1,534,000 reallocated to the project. Due to market volatility the fourth and final construction tender for this project was much higher than anticipated requiring additional funding to complete the project to the planned scope.
A concrete wall has been constructed to support the parkade ramp. A large crane was built on site that will be used to place the pre-cast concrete blocks making up the building. These arrive over an 8 week period. Once the blocks are in place, interior work can begin.
Demolition of the old parking lot was completed and the site was prepared with concrete pilings.
We're excited to be building a Regional Park & Ride Transit Terminal downtown and although it will mean the loss of parking during construction, the long term benefits will far outweigh the short term inconvenience. When completed, the project will add 293 parking stalls to the downtown.
In September 2017, the Bompass parking lot on 5th Ave. S. will be closed to accommodate construction of the Regional Park 'n' Ride. Those with permits for this lot have been notified of this change.
During construction there will also be a loss of angle parking around the perimeter of the construction site.
We understand the inconvenience this will cause for those who park in and around the area. We encourage those impacted to consider other modes of transportation like carpooling, public transit, cycling and walking that will help us manage downtown parking pressures.
This project is in line with the Government of Alberta's goals of promoting regional transit and reducing greenhouse gases.
In December 2016, the City received $11.64 million from the province's GreenTRIP program, $2 million from the federal Public Transportation Infrastructure Fund and $1.36 million from the Federal Gas Tax Fund to support this project. In addition to the provincial and federal funding, the City of Lethbridge will contribute $4.9 million toward the overall $19.9 million cost of the transit terminal project.
The new facility will provide a central location for residents in surrounding communities to park their vehicle and access regional transit. Additionally, Lethbridge residents can easily access City transit to the terminal when taking a regional trip.
The terminal will include ticket stations, washrooms, protection from the weather and a safe and easy place to transfer buses.
Removing buses from 4 Avenue will also free up much needed downtown parking space and decrease the chance for collisions.