Valley Line (SE to West LRT): Mill Woods to Lewis Farms
Valley Line LRT Update
LRT expansion Council's top priority – December 11, 2013
City Council voted in favour of a motion that established LRT as Council’s number one priority for new infrastructure spending. Council’s discussion and vote emphasized the need for long-term funding commitments from the provincial and federal governments in order to achieve Edmonton’s goals for LRT and public transit.
Councillors noted that all necessary commitments from the City - including funding, design and planning - are now in place for the Valley Line LRT project to proceed.
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 October 17, 2012, City Council approved a funding strategy to expand LRT from Mill Woods Town Centre in southeast Edmonton to Lewis Farms in the west end. This expansion will start with the $1.8 billion leg from Mill Woods Stop to the 102 Street Stop. This strategy commits $800 million in City funding and is contingent upon the remaining funding being obtained from the Alberta and Canada Governments.
The City applied to Public Private Partnerships (P3) Canada for part of this funding. P3 Canada is a federal government agency that assesses P3 applications and can contribute partial funding for identified projects. P3 Canada's mandate is to fund projects that offer cost-effective, viable approaches to building infrastructure. On March 14, 2013, P3 Canada awarded the Valley Line project $250 million from the P3 Canada Fund towards construction of the southeast portion of the new LRT line. For more information on P3 and the Valley Line, check out the P3 factsheet.
If the remaining funding is secured by Spring 2014, construction could begin as early as 2016 and be open to the public by 2020.
Two-way communication and information-sharing between the City of Edmonton and stakeholders will continue throughout the forthcoming Procurement, Detailed Design, Construction, and Operations phases.
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