Round 2: Trade-offs and Design
The introduction of dedicated transit lanes will, inevitably, result in some challenging decisions about which street elements, such as sidewalks, public realm space, boulevards, trees, bike lanes, vehicle parking and vehicle travel lanes, should be prioritized.
In the Round 2 engagement, we wanted to better understand people’s priorities in terms of how we design the corridors that will accommodate dedicated transit lanes.
The five corridors include: Whyte Avenue, Gateway Boulevard and Calgary Trail, 97 Street North of the Yellowhead, 97 Street South of the Yellowhead and 87 Avenue near West Edmonton Mall. Some of the questions we asked included:
- What trade-offs do we have to consider when designing dedicated bus lanes?
- What street elements are most important?
- What other design elements/measures should be considered?
Round 2 Workshop Presentation Video
Opportunity to provide feedback on the fifth corridor planned to run along Whyte Avenue is being scheduled for early February 2023 as part of the Old Strathcona Public Realm project engagement.
The feedback gathered from all of the round 1 and 2 engagement will then be used, along with policy and technical considerations, to develop the route alignment, station location and basic street configuration options for each of the corridors that have been identified for non-LRT (bus-based) mass transit. These options are targeted to be presented to Council for consideration in fall 2023.
Following that, the corridors will advance into the design and construction phase. Funding for design of these corridors was approved by City Council as part of the 2023-2026 Capital Budget.