The City of Edmonton’s LRT Network Plan has received a "Highly Commended" honour at the Light Rail Awards in London, England.
The commendation was announced at a black-tie dinner in London on October 7, 2009. The judges were senior representatives of the British-based Light Rail Transit Association.
“This international recognition confirms that Edmonton is on the right track. LRT expansion and substantial investment in public transit infrastructure will help make Edmonton a world-class city,” said Rhonda Toohey, General Supervisor of Transportation Planning.
“The LRT Network Plan lays the foundation for more sustainable transportation choices through a state-of-the-art light rail transit system,” Toohey said.
Edmonton was nominated in the “Worldwide Project of the Year” category in recognition of its overall, long-term LRT Network Plan. Other highly commended entrants were Phoenix, Arizona’s LRT system and Portland Ironworks (streetcar manufacturer). The winner of the “Worldwide Project” category was the Gold Coast Australia Transit Project.
Edmonton’s LRT Network Plan, developed with consultants Steer Davies Gleave and approved by City Council in June 2009, recommends long-term LRT expansion into the city’s northwest, northeast, east, southeast, south, and west areas.
The plan defines the type of LRT system that best meets Edmonton’s long-term objectives, including the optimal number of LRT lines, their logical destinations, as well as a review of system styles and related LRT technologies. It also provides an overall framework for individual LRT corridor studies currently underway or being planned.
The City’s LRT Network Plan is directly linked to the broader City Vision of transit-oriented development, compact urban form and a shift in transportation modes.