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Technical

Design 

The Prairie Sky stations will be community focal points. The stations create new places within Edmonton that are accessible and inviting.  All buildings will be designed and constructed with energy-efficient materials, standards and controls. 
 
With a full 360-degree view, guests will be able to enjoy the view at every angle imaginable. 

Parameter
Technical Measure
Speed
5 or 6 metres per second
Capacity
1,800 people per hour per direction
Inclined Length
2,424 metres
Horizontal Length
2,417 metres
Number of Towers
20
Number of Cabins on Rope
82
Cabin Capacity
10 people
System Headway
20 seconds
Cabin Spacing
100 metres
One-way Travel Estimate
12 minutes

All cabins will have fold up, heated seats and guard rails to accommodate mobility aids, bikes, skis, and strollers. The windows will be operable to provide airflow, with screens to prevent debris from leaving the cabin. Each cabin will be equipped with two-way intercom communication between the cabins and the stations. There will also be an infotainment system to provide media, marketing and educational information to guests, including safety and security best practices. A select few cabins will have a glass bottom that guests can opt to ride for an additional fee. 

Stations

The Downtown Station

Located: South of MacDonald Drive near TELUS House and ATB Tower 
Theme: Emergence  
Close to: The Fairmont Hotel, Edmonton’s Funicular 
 

Playing off the natural slope of McDougall Hill, the Downtown Station's rooftop plaza will feature benches (and a stunning view) to invite pedestrians and passengers to spend time there. At the lower boarding level, the station will have a cafe, washrooms, gondola control room and station electrical room. 

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Ortona Armoury Station

Located: East of Rossdale Road and north of 97 Ave 
Theme: Transit 
Close to: Ortona Armoury Arts Building 

 

Acting as a catalyst for transit-oriented development in the West Rossdale area and serving the population on both sides of 97 Ave, the Ortona Armoury Station features boarding on the second level, and a lower-level café, ticket station and community space.

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Power Plant Station

Located: East of the historic Rossdale Power Plant 

Theme: History 

Close to: Switch House Building 

 

The Rossdale Power Plant was designated as a Provincial Historic Resource in 2001 and this area is known to be culturally and archeologically significant, going back 10,000 years. The experience guests will have at this station is meant to share the Indigenous story and be a platform for reconciliation.

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End of Steel Park Station

Located: South of Saskatchewan Drive, and east of Gateway Boulevard 

Theme: Transit, past and present 

Close to: Ritchie Mall 

 

The station will preserve the historical significance of the End of Steel Park and the CN rail, incorporating the caboose and tracks into the station. The majority of the station’s space will be allocated to boarding, parking and maintenance bays.

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Whyte Ave. Station

Located: The north-east corner of the intersection of Whyte Avenue and Gateway Boulevard 
Theme: Tourism, both domestic and international 
Close to: Whyte Avenue 
 

Whyte Avenue is a pedestrian-friendly street close to the bike network and public transit. Near this station, parking must be in place for guests and tour buses. The street-level area will incorporate hardscaping and seating for pedestrians and tourists to enjoy, the second level will be dedicated to boarding and necessary controls, and the third level will display the upper gondola machinery amidst a restaurant. The second and third levels are proposed to cantilever over the sidewalk of Whyte Avenue to highlight the separation between the gondola system and the commercial space below.