Building a new LRT line is a significant infrastructure project that can take several years of planning, engineering and public engagement before construction can begin.

LRT Network Plan

The need for LRT in Edmonton was first identified in 1962. In 1978, ETS started operating Edmonton’s first LRT line from Belvedere station to Central station. With this, Edmonton became the first city in North America with a population of less than one million to build a modern light rail system. 

In 2009, City Council adopted a long-term LRT Network Plan. As time passed, elements of the plan continued to evolve and were incorporated into The City Plan, Edmonton’s combined municipal development plan and transportation master plan. With the approval of The City Plan in 2020, the LRT network will continue to expand to all quadrants of the city in conjunction with bus rapid transit (BRT) along key routes.