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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 identified first in 1962 and has come a long way since the original Capital Line that runs from Clareview to Health Sciences. In 2009, around the time the Capital Line expanded from Health Sciences to Century Park, the City adopted a Long Term LRT Network Plan that defines the future size, scale and operation of Edmonton’s LRT system.

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Capital Line Capital Line Metro Line North Metro Line North 
Capital Line North Capital Line North  Metro Line Northwest Metro Line Northwest 
Capital Line South Capital Line South  Valley Line Southeast Valley Line Southeast 
Festival and Energy Line Festival & Energy Line  Valley Line West Valley Line West 

Expanding the LRT network is one way the City plans to meet the objectives of the Transportation Master Plan and Municipal Development Plan. The LRT Network Plan balances Edmonton’s long-term transportation needs with a commitment to grow green and create a compact, integrated urban environment featuring a high- quality, accessible transportation mode.

The City has reviewed Edmonton’s network-wide LRT expansion plans with goals to:

  • Define the type of LRT system that best meets Edmonton's long-term objectives
  • Identify the number of lines and their ultimate destinations
  • Review system design and technology

History

City Council Approved LRT Network Plan

June 2, 2009

Transportation & Public Works Committee Minutes (Item E1)

Regional LRT Network Plan Report
LRT Network Plan Elements
Long Term Potential LRT Ridership Map

The report outlines key characteristics of the future LRT network, recommendations on system style, vehicle technology, number of LRT lines in an ultimate LRT network, logical extent of those lines, circulation in the central area, and tunnel capacity constraints.

These documents are located in the Transportation Committee Archives.

Information Sessions

May 2009

The City held two open information sessions, where aspects of the LRT Network Plan were shared with the public.

LRT Expansion Plan Presentation

City Council Approved New Criteria for LRT Route Planning & Evaluation

December 17, 2008

City Council Minutes (Item E14)

The criteria reflected a shift in the City’s strategic planning direction, as reflected in The Way We Move and The Way We Grow. For LRT and Transit investments, the original goal was to minimize travel times and increase ridership, but the new focus was finding a balance of travel time and shaping land use.

The document is located in the City Council Archives.

Project Lifecycle

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Strategy

Project Lifecycle Strategy

Strategies examine how potential LRT expansion fits in with long term plans to use land and manage growth. Two strategic studies for LRT are The Transportation Master Plan and LRT Network Plan.

Projects

Concept

Project Lifecycle Concept

Concept plans define the route, station locations and LRT track alignment within transportation corridors. They also identify all major infrastructure, crossings, property requirements and initial cost estimates.

Projects

Design

Project Lifecycle Design

This phase includes two successive parts: preliminary design and detailed design. The design phase further refines engineering details and develops architectural, landscaping and aesthetic plans. Property requirements are confirmed.

Projects

Build

Project Lifecycle Build

A project delivery strategy, detailed cost estimates, construction plans and tender packages are developed. Construction begins.

Project

Operate

Project Lifecycle OperateThe new stations open and the LRT goes into service.

Projects

Design Guidelines

The LRT Design Guidelines provide standards, guidance and performance-based design criteria for engineering and building LRT in Edmonton. These guidelines ensure that the City designs and builds a uniform system that is easy to maintain and upgrade.

City Design and Construction Standards

Valley Line LRT

In 2012, low-floor LRT Technical Design Guidelines (13MB) were developed to provide technical guidance and performance-based design criteria, for the purpose of facilitating the preliminary design of the Valley Line. These guidelines relate to the design specifications of features such as: stops and stations, structures and low floor vehicles (LRVs).

In conjunction with the technical design guidelines, the City developed the LRT Design Guide, which introduced the urban style LRT design philosophy which the City coined “Sustainable Urban Integration” (SUI).

Both sets of guidelines form the technical requirements for design and construction of the Valley Line LRT that are embedded in Schedule 5 of the Valley Line - Stage 1 P3 Project Agreement.

Sustainable Urban Integration (SUI)

With direction from the City and two years of public consultation, an extensive list of design guidelines for Sustainable Urban Integration (SUI) was established. 

SUI looks beyond the building of tracks and trains to create neighbourhoods that are safe, attractive and connected. This involves designing livable, pedestrian-friendly environments, and adding enhancements that reflect the feel and character of each of the communities along the LRT corridor.

Some examples of SUI enhancements include:

  • Building shared-use pathways, sidewalks and trails
  • Adding bike lanes that connect to the City’s existing bike lane network
  • Designing pedestrian-friendly zones around stops and stations
  • Using enhanced landscaping and streetscaping along the length of the corridor to create a more natural environment
  • Incorporating organic materials such as stone and wood wherever possible

These guidelines were incorporated into the LRT Design Guide, a document that became the foundation for specific design requirements included in the Valley Line LRT - Stage 1 Project Agreement.

Council Approved LRT Crossing Assessment Framework

June 13, 2017

As a result of traffic-related concerns, Council approved a framework to evaluate if LRT crossings should be street level, above or below the road.

Council Meeting Minutes June 13, 2017 (Item 6.2) 
LRT Crossing Assessment Framework Fact Sheet

Urban LRT

Expansion of the LRT network involves changes from the existing suburban-style system to a more urban style, regardless of high-floor or low-floor vehicles. Changes include:

  • Most tracks at street level
  • Stations built closer together
  • Some connections between different LRT lines, especially at Churchill Station
  • Reduced speeds through residential areas

Urban LRT Factsheet

Benefits of LRT

The Way We Move sets up a framework for how the City will respond to its future transportation needs. One of the Transportation Master Plan’s highest priorities is shifting transportation modes by:

  • Ensuring sustainable transit and increasing transit ridership
  • Improving travel options to reduce barriers between transportation modes
  • Increasing traffic safety
  • Managing traffic congestion to facilitate mobility across the City
Accessible
  • Bringing LRT to all sectors of the city, making transit an accessible, easy choice
  • Creating smaller-scale stations spaced closer together, increasing proximity to more neighbourhoods
  • Reducing speeds to allow LRT to move safely within pedestrian-oriented communities, and imposing fewer barriers
  • Contributing towards walkable, connected communities
Affordable
  • Saving money on fuel, parking and vehicle maintenance
  • Convenient, reliable mobility for all Edmontonians
Efficient
  • Links to more destinations and more direct transit, pedestrian and cyclist connections
  • Reliable, frequent service (a train every five minutes at peak times serves the equivalent number of people as 12 roadway lanes)
Environment

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Healthy & Safe
  • Integration of LRT with land use development to support healthy, active lifestyles
  • Integration of visual elements to minimize intrusion and maximize openness for greater safety

For More Information

Future LRT General Inquiries

City of Edmonton

Telephone 780-496-4874
Email LRTprojects@edmonton.ca

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