Valley Line (SE to West LRT): Mill Woods to Lewis Farms
City Council Discussed the Public Engagement Plan
On July 16, 2014, City Council discussed the Valley Line LRT public engagement plan, which describes how the City of Edmonton will engage and communicate with the public about the project going forward.
The discussion led to Council passing a number of motions relating to the public engagement plan.
The following motions were passed by City Council:
- That within 30 days following the release of the Request for Proposal for the P3 construction of the Valley Line LRT, Administration post on the City’s web page a public copy of the publicly releasable parts of the Request for Proposal.
- That within 30 days after the Public version of the Request for Proposal is posted on the web page, Members of Council, considering input received from the public, may provide written questions on the Request for Proposal for the P3 construction of the Valley Line LRT to the Office of the City Clerk, and
- That within 60 days after the final date for receiving questions, Administration
- a) post the responses to the questions on the City web page with the related publicly released Request for Proposal, and
- b) provide a report to LRT Governance Board including responses to the questions asked by Councillors and the public, and the LRT Governance Board incorporating their responses in their subsequent semi-annual report to Council.
More information about this meeting is available at edmonton.ca/meetings.
Request for Qualifications
The following teams responded to the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the Valley Line - Stage 1:
- Gateway Transit Partners
- Moving YEG
- River City Transit
- Trans Ed Partners
- Valley Line Partner
The RFQ consisted of the following documents:
About the Project
The Valley Line (Southeast to West Light Rail Transit) is a low-floor urban line that will run from Mill Woods to Lewis Farms, crossing through downtown. The line runs a total length of 27 km and its route has been approved by City Council. Public input helped shape the route, stop/station locations and other details during the Concept Planning phase. During the Preliminary Design stage from February 2012 to November 2013, public engagement helped shape the design philosophy and aesthetic for the Valley Line LRT, providing the City of Edmonton with invaluable knowledge about the communities the LRT will eventually serve.
On March 11, 2014, at an event in Churchill Station, the provincial government announced its funding commitment to the Southeast portion of Valley Line LRT Project. With the final funding piece in place--pending Council's approval of the overall funding strategy--the 13 km Valley Line (Mill Woods to Downtown) is now free to proceed. Thanks in part to timely commitments by our provincial and federal partners, the Valley Line will remain on schedule for a construction start of 2016, aiming to be open to the public by the end of 2020.
The province has agreed to contribute $250 million in Green Trip funding, $150 million in additional funding, and $200 million in a 10-year interest free loan. This joins the City's own contribution of $800 million, along with the federal government's contribution of $250 million from PPP Canada and an expected $150 million through the Building Canada Fund.
For more information:
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