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Our study began in June 2017, and the preferred LRT route (excluding the river crossing and University of Alberta area/Garneau community segments) will be presented to City Council in summer 2018. This will be followed by the development of Concept Plan options, including station locations and alignment (where the tracks fit within the route), which will be presented to City Council in the fall of 2019.

The second round of public engagement meetings, where the project team shared the preferred route for feedback, occurred in February 2018. In keeping with our commitment to continue to explore options and possible approaches to effectively address any issues raised by the public and stakeholders, consultation will continue with stakeholders in the University of Alberta area/Garneau community and a river crossing study will be undertaken to help determine the preferred route through these segments.

History

How It Started

Strategy Phase

February 2018: Preferred Route Bulletin and Map

The area crossing the river and the University of Alberta is being reviewed in the Summer of 2018. However, this was the original plan that was presented.

Downtown

The central LRT route will connect with the Valley Line West LRT at 102 Avenue and 107 Street. It will head south on 107 Street, turning west on 99 Avenue and then south to a bridge river crossing.

Crossing The River

While the High Level Bridge was the preferred river crossing, investigation and analysis determined the bridge could not support the additional load of LRT trains. The Dudley B. Menzies Bridge wasn't considered, it runs the Capital and Metro high-floor LRT lines and can't accommodate the low-floor system. The study reviewed other river crossing locations east and west of the High Level Bridge and recommends a new bridge structure between the High Level Bridge and Dudley B. Menzies Bridge.

University of Alberta Area

After crossing the river, the preferred route has the LRT on 110 Street before turning west onto 89 Avenue and south on 112 Street where it will head east onto Whyte Avenue.

Whyte Avenue

Whyte Avenue emerged as the preferred east/west route; however, comes with challenges. This segment will provide better connections to key destinations. Tradeoffs need to be considered to manage potential impacts to parking, trees, medians and vehicle space.

East Edmonton

The preferred route will be determined to an end point in the Bonnie Doon area. Route options farther east revealed more in-depth studies. This work will be deferred to a future study.

Preferred Route Bulletin and Map

What We Heard Phase 2

February 15, 27 & 28 2018: Public Engagement Sessions

The City held Public Engagement Sessions to gather feedback and perspectives on the Centre LRT preferred route and to identify stop locations, track alignment and how best to ‘fit’ or integrate the LRT into the community.

Meeting Materials

Display Boards (9MB)

Frequently Asked Questions

Preferred Route Bulletin and Map

Presentation

What We Heard - Phase 1 

September to October 2017: The Centre LRT Study Business Survey

The feedback received through the business survey will help the project team understand how a future low-floor, urban style LRT route could serve businesses, customers and visitors to Edmonton who want to travel between Downtown, the University area, Strathcona, Bonnie Doon and east Edmonton.

July 12, 20 and 22, 2017: Public Information Sessions

The public was invited to attend three public information sessions to learn more about the Centre LRT Study, and to help plan for LRT and the future of the community.

Meeting Materials

Display Boards (12MB)

Fact Sheet

June 2017: Study Began

The study began in June 2017 and the recommended concept plan including route selection, stop locations and alignment (where the tracks fit within the route) will be presented to Council for approval before the end of 2018.

For More Information

Centre LRT Study

Telephone

780-496-4874

Email centreLRTstudy@edmonton.ca

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