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Public input has played an essential role in shaping the Valley Line Southeast LRT and how it will fit into the neighbourhoods it serves.

Since 2008, thousands of Edmontonians have been engaged through workshops, stakeholder interviews and meetings, questionnaires, online consultations and open houses.

History

Current & Upcoming Construction

TransEd Partners

Construction

Build Phase

Construction activities on the southeast part of the Valley Line started in spring of 2016 and will open to the public at the end of 2020.

September 15, 2017: The Valley Line Receives Additional Funding

On Friday September 15, 2017, the Government of Alberta announced that it is providing an additional $176-million grant to the City of Edmonton for construction of the southeast leg of the Valley Line LRT.

The funding was originally provided to Edmonton in 2014 as an interest-free loan. The province is now converting this loan into a grant, with funds coming from Climate Leadership Plan revenues.

January 31, 2017: Local Métis Artist Commissioned for Tawatinâ Bridge Artwork

David Garneau artwork samples

The Edmonton Arts Council commissioned Canadian Métis artist David Garneau to create artwork for the pedestrian walkway on the Tawatinâ Bridge. The artwork will have more than 400 panels, each shaped and painted to refer to Indigenous aspects of the region.

December 2016: Construction Preparation
  • Cloverdale Footbridge removed on December 19, 2016
  • Construction began on the 102 Avenue tunnel portal in The Quarters area
  • Site preparation at Davies Station and Gerry Wright Operations and Maintenance Facility (75 Street and Whitemud Drive)

TransEd Partners issued a 2016 / 2017 construction schedule, as well as a lookbook of Valley Line concept renderings.

November 2016: Construction Preparation
  • New storm and sanitary sewers installed on Jasper Avenue around 95 and 96 Street
  • Additional utility relocations along the alignment
  • Construction access roads and river berms constructed on the north and south sides of the North Saskatchewan River
  • Streetscaping, medians and trees along 66 Street between Whitemud Drive and 28 Avenue were removed to create detour roadways during construction
  • Trees were removed on 95 Avenue, 83 Street and 75 Street along the LRT alignment
  • Geo-technical testing was conducted on Connors Road, in advance of construction of retaining walls
  • Site preparation at the Gerry Wright Operations and Maintenance Facility (75 Street and Whitemud Drive)
  • Cranes were installed on the river berms and the Cloverdale Footbridge was removed
  • Construction of caisson piers for the elevated guideways at Davies Station and the 98 Avenue pedestrian overpass
April 22, 2016: Groundbreaking Ceremony

Breaking ground for Valley Line LRT photo Valley Line LRT construction officially launched on April 22 with a groundbreaking ceremony at the future Muttart Stop. Mayor Don Iveson was joined by federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi, Alberta Minister of Transportation and Minister of Infrastructure Brian Mason, and representatives from Edmonton’s Indigenous communities, the Valley Line Citizen Working Groups and TransEd Partners to celebrate this exciting milestone.

Finalizing Funding and Starting Procurement

Design Phase

Preliminary design was in place. Focus was on securing funds to start the Southeast to Downtown portion of the project.

February 2016: 102 Avenue Streetscape Update

The City established a 102 Avenue Streetscape Design Guide to be applied when the Valley Line LRT is built. The Streetscape Concept recognized 102 Avenue’s status as a significant, multi-use corridor and is intended to create a more welcoming environment for all users, including cyclists and pedestrians.

The design guide is part of the City’s Project Agreement with the public-private partnership (P3) contractor.

February 2016: Construction Preparations

Preparing for Future Roadway Access Restrictions

The construction of the Valley Line LRT resulted in permanent changes to the roadways that will be used for the LRT alignment. In some cases, service roads were absorbed into main arterial roads to allow for widening. Elsewhere, two lanes of traffic in a particular direction were reduced to one.

To address concerns about the safety of some private accesses that would back out onto the LRT tracks, bylaws were prepared for public hearing and consideration by Transportation Committee to close a number of such accesses.

All affected property owners were notified, and in all cases, alternative access will be available. The access closures took effect over the year. The City worked with affected property owners to address any issues they might have.

Transportation Committee Agenda Sept 2, 2015 (Items 6.1 to 6.38)

Construction Preparations

Preparations included:

  • Relocating utilities (power ducts, gas lines, sewers and so on) owned and operated by EPCOR, ATCO, Telus and the City of Edmonton
  • Removing some City-owned buildings
  • Removing and/or relocating trees on City property
  • Permanently closing some public roads and accesses
  • Permanently closing some private access while ensuring alternate access exists
May 26 to June 25, 2015: Recruitment for Valley Line Citizen Working Groups

Five Citizen Working Groups were established as part of the City’s commitment to ongoing citizen engagement during the procurement, detailed design and construction phases of the Valley Line LRT project between downtown and Mill Woods.

Each group includes members assigned by community leagues, business, recreational and cultural organizations and by community members themselves in a series of public meetings held in the spring.

April 14, 2015: City Council Approves EISA and SLS Updates

City Council accepted Transportation Committee's recommendation and approved updates to the Environmental Impact Screening Assessment (EISA) and Site Location Study (SLS).

These updates included minor adjustments to the Project Area in the North Saskatchewan River Valley made in response to stakeholder concerns identified during the preliminary design process.

City Council Meeting Minutes (Item 6.19)

January 7, 2015: Request for Proposals

The City posted responses to questions about the Valley Line LRT - Stage 1 Request for Proposals (RFP) online.

Valley Line RFP Questions and Answers

This document is the result of a process mandated by City Council:

  • The public release of parts of the RFP documents initiated a 30-day period for the receipt of written RFP-related questions by members of Council
  • The City also used the LRT Projects Information Centre to gather public inquiries about the Valley Line RFP during this period
  • The question period began on October 9, 2014 and ended on November 8, 2014
  • As directed by Council, questions gathered during this period and the City's answers have been compiled into a document and posted online within 60 days of the final date for receiving questions (January 7, 2015)

The City received 98 public inquiries and questions about the Valley Line RFP from 14 different individuals and groups during the question period.

Request for Proposals

A Request for Proposals (RFP) was released to private sector teams so they could bid to design, build, operate, maintain and partially finance the Valley Line. Teams prepared designs for the Valley Line that met criteria established by the City.

Submissions for final bid happened in fall 2015. A project agreement was finalized. Construction of the new line between downtown and Mill Woods is scheduled for completion in 2020.

October 9, 2014: Request For Proposal Posted Online

Parts of the RFP were posted online to ensure openness and transparency during the P3 procurement process.

Valley Line Request For Proposal

August 8, 2014: P3 Short List Selected

Five private sector teams responded to the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) released in April; three of those teams were invited to reply to a Request for Proposals (RFP) and submit a bid to design, build, operate, maintain and partially finance the Valley Line between Mill Woods and downtown:

  • Trans Ed Partners
  • Moving YEG
  • River City Transit

LRT Backgrounder

July 16, 2014: City Council Discussed the Public Engagement Plan

The following motions were passed by City Council relating to the Valley Line LRT public engagement plan going forward:

  1. Within 30 days following the release of the Request for Proposal for the P3 construction of the Valley Line LRT, Administration post on the City’s web page a public copy of the publicly releasable parts of the Request for Proposal
     
  2. Within 30 days after the Public version of the Request for Proposal is posted on the web page, Members of Council, considering input received from the public, may provide written questions on the Request for Proposal for the P3 construction of the Valley Line LRT to the Office of the City Clerk, and
     
  3. within 60 days after the final date for receiving questions, Administration

a) post the responses to the questions on the City web page with the related publicly released Request for Proposal, and

b) provide a report to LRT Governance Board including responses to the questions asked by Councillors and the public, and the LRT Governance Board incorporating their responses in their subsequent semi-annual report to Council

July 16, 2014 City Council Meeting Minutes

May 26, 2014: Final Funding Arrives

Federal MP Rona Ambrose, Provincial MLA Wayne Drysdale and Mayor Don Iveson jointly announced that all funding for the Valley Line was in place and the $1.8 billion project was ready to proceed to procurement.

Fact Sheet

Final Funding Arrives for Valley Line LRT. Next Stop: Procurement

April 15, 2014: City Council Approves Funding

Council approved:

  1. Revised Valley Line LRT Capital Profile
  2. Revised Metro Line LRT (Downtown to NAIT) Capital Profile
  3. A letter to the Province from Mayor Iveson, written on behalf of Council, requesting that the $60 million in GreenTRIP funding not required for the Metro Line be applied to offset an equivalent portion of the $200 million provincial loan for the Valley Line LRT
  4. Administration initiating procurement of the Valley Line LRT stage 1 contract by releasing the Request for Qualification (RFQ) and subsequently the Request for Proposals (RFP)

With these motions, the Valley Line LRT project officially began the procurement phase of the project.

March 19, 2014: Council Requests more Information on P3 and Public Engagement

Council directed the project team to provide three reports by May 7, 2014:

  1. Valley Line stage 1 LRT project detailing how the City’s and public’s interests will be protected during the P3 process
  2. The City and P3 operations relationship and what part of the LRT line operation will remain under the City’s oversight
  3. A public engagement plan that describes how the public will be involved in the procurement and construction phases of the Valley LRT Line
March 11, 2014: Funding Secured

The provincial government announced its funding commitment to the Valley Line LRT project. With the final funding piece in place, pending Council's approval of the overall funding strategy, the Valley Line was able to proceed. Thanks to our provincial and federal partners, the Valley Line remains on schedule for construction to start in 2016 and opening to the public by the end of 2020.

The province agreed to contribute $250 million in GreenTRIP funding, $150 million in additional funding, and $200 million in a 10-year interest free loan. This joins the City's own contribution of $800 million, along with the federal government's contribution of $250 million from P3 Canada and an expected $150 million through the Building Canada Fund.

Alberta Delivers on Edmonton LRT Funding News Release

December 11, 2013: LRT Expansion Council's Top Priority

Council voted in favour of a motion that established LRT as Council’s number one priority for new infrastructure spending. Council’s discussion and vote emphasized the need for long-term funding commitments from the provincial and federal governments in order to achieve Edmonton’s goals for LRT and public transit.

Councillors noted that all necessary commitments from the City, including funding, design and planning, were in place for the Valley Line LRT project to proceed.

Funding and Completing Preliminary Design

The preliminary design phase involved stakeholders and interested members of the public to define the look, feel and integration of the line in their communities.

November 2011 and 2013: Overview

With the progression of the project, an effort was made to officially name all of the City’s future LRT lines. The combined Southeast, Downtown and West sections were officially named the Valley Line.

For the Preliminary Engineering project, six key areas were identified as the basis for public consultation.

November 14, 2013: Final Preliminary Design Report Completed

Following two years of design and consultation, the preliminary design of the 27-kilometre urban style LRT from Mill Woods to Lewis Farms was completed.

Valley Line LRT Final Preliminary Design

April 2013: Preliminary Design Process

The City had a two year plan to develop and finalize the Preliminary Design for 27 km urban style low-floor rail system from Mill Woods to Lewis Farms.

Preliminary Design Process

March 28, 2013: The Valley Line Name is Announced

Following extensive public input, the names of the current and future LRT lines were decided. The LRT stop and station, bridge and facility names for the southeast portion of the Valley Line LRT was also determined. However, the stops, stations, bridges and facilities on the west portion of the Valley Line would have to wait until funding and a construction timeline were determined.

March 14, 2013: Government of Canada Funding Announcement

Government of Canada announced a $250 million investment from the P3 Canada Fund to support construction of the Southeast to West LRT Line.

Department of Finance News Release

February 20, 2013: Council Approved Funding for P3

Additionally, Council approved $60 million in funding for P3 advisory services and the owner’s engineer for the P3 procurement phase, and for advancing utility relocations and building demolitions.

City Council Meeting Minutes (Item 8.2)

February 20, 2013: Council Approved Concept for North Saskatchewan Bridge

City Council approved the concept for a new bridge that will take the Southeast to West LRT across the North Saskatchewan River into the downtown. Public input, technical feasibility, and cost were factors in the selection of this bridge concept.

North Saskatchewan River Bridge (Original 6 Concepts)

North Saskatchewan Bridge (Large Renderings)

November 2011 to April 2012: Public Involvement Process Developed

Stage 1 ran from November 2011 to February 2012. The project team focused on developing the public involvement plan to guide all public involvement activities throughout the project. The plan was based on input and information from June 2010 to June 2012, as well as new information gathered through interviews and online surveys with stakeholders.

What We Heard - February 2012

Stage 2 ran from March to April 2012. The project team consulted the public for the Southeast to West LRT through community conversations in six consultation areas along all 27 kilometers of the line. Each meeting included a presentation and small group discussion of how the LRT could integrate with communities.

What We Heard - March to May 2012

Determining How the LRT Will Fit

Concept Phase

While gathering public feedback the project team defined the route selection - which determines how the line will fit within the corridor. The project team worked with the communities to create a concept plan to present to Council.

March to June 20, 2012: Concept Plan Updates Complete for Entire Line

Public Consultation

A report on how the public was consulted about the Southeast to West LRT concept plan amendment was available in March 2012.

What We Heard Report - March 2012

Property Acquisition

When approving the route Council considered the impact on property owners and ultimately selected an alignment that minimized the need for private property acquisition. However, in some cases, privately-held property will need to be acquired in order for the project to proceed.

Property Acquisition

Concept Plan

City Council approved the proposed amendments to the concept plan, making the entire line ready to move forward with preliminary design.

Approved Concept Plan Amendment

Approval of the proposed amendment details:

  • The Operations and Maintenance Facility (OMF) was relocated to Whitemud Drive and 75 Street
  • The Transit Centre and LRT station were relocated to Wagner, on 75 Street south of Wagner Road
  • The Park & Ride was relocated to Wagner and will include up to 1300 stalls
  • There will be no LRT stop at Whitemud Drive and 75 Street
  • The LRT will operate on a bridge from about 85 Street and Argyll Road to 75 Street and McIntyre Road

Approved Concept Plans and Detailed Maps

Southeast LRT Concept Plan

Detailed Southeast Alignment Maps

West LRT Concept Plan

Detailed West Alignment Maps

Downtown Concept Plan

Revised Concept Plan for Quarters Area

Downtown Route Selection Report

February 15, 2012: Council Approves Concept Plans for Downtown LRT

The project team presented two options for the downtown route - 102 Avenue and 102A/103 Avenue - and supporting reports from the public consultation. Council approved the 102 Avenue route options for the downtown portion of the Southeast to West LRT Project.

City Council Meeting Minutes (Item 6.3)

Downtown LRT Concept Plan Presentation

November 15, 2011: Council Presented Recommended Downtown LRT Concept Plan

Council was presented with a report that recommended the concept plan for the Downtown LRT Connector between the West and Southeast lines.

Council and Committee Meeting Minutes - November 15, 2011 (Item 6.2)

Downtown LRT Concept Plan Presentation

The project team was asked to return to Council on January 18, 2012 and provide details on an underground option for 102 Avenue and 102A Avenue, a LRT Stop on 95 Street and 102A Avenue and alternate options for 102A Avenue/103 Avenue, including details regarding why 102A Avenue was not used.

July 24 and August 21, 2011: Developed Downtown LRT Options

The project team worked with the community in the vicinity of 102 Avenue and 102A Avenue between 95 Street and 97 Street to discuss local concerns and opportunities, and collectively developed four LRT options.

Downtown LRT Presentation

Feedback Summary Report - 102 and 102A Avenue

Downtown LRT Presentation

Feedback Summary Report - 102 and 102A Avenue

Feedback Summary Report - Chinese Version

June 1, 2011: Council Approved Funds for Preliminary Engineering

City Council approved $39 million to proceed to preliminary engineering for the Southeast and West portions of the LRT line.

City Council Minutes - June 1, 2011 (Item 6.10)

Following the approval of a study on the downtown LRT connector corridor study on June 21, 2010, a concept planning study was initiated to define where the LRT would fit within the approved corridor, where LRT stops would be located, and what type of access changes would be required for vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists.

A public involvement process was initiated to support the planning study and to identify local issues and impacts that needed to be addressed through the planning process. The project team followed up with a concept on November 15, 2011.

May 25, 2011: Council Presentation on the Refinement of the Downtown Alignment

At the June 21, 2010 City Council meeting, Council determined that a downtown LRT connector would be defined. Council approved the downtown LRT connector corridor in June and asked the project team to provide more details on the refinement of the downtown alignment. The development of the recommended concept plan involved additional engineering and public consultation to evaluate various options of the alignment.

Transportation and Public Works Committee Minutes - (Item 6.2)

Downtown LRT Connector Presentation

April 28, 2011: Review and Feedback for Downtown LRT Connector Concept Plan

The Downtown LRT Connector information session provided stakeholders with information about the LRT planning process, the recommended Concept Plan for presentation to City Council and to receive and summarize feedback to inform City Council.

Downtown LRT Connector Presentation

Downtown LRT Connector Display Boards

Downtown LRT Connector Recommended Concept Plan

Downtown LRT Connector Fact Sheet

March 22, 2011: Council Presentation on Impacts and Mitigation

Clarification was presented to Council on how the project team would assess and mitigate vibration and intersection impacts, ridership forecast, Park & Ride options and neighbourhood accesses.

Transportation & Public Works Committee Minutes (Item 6.7)

December 8, 2010: Council Reviewed the Concept Plans and Requested Reports

The Transportation and Public Works Committee reviewed the Southeast, West and Downtown concept plans. Reports for Council were requested for March 22, 2011 to get more clarity on some costs, assessment and impacts.

Special Transportation and Public Works Committee Minutes

September and November 2010: Review/Feedback with Stakeholders for Final Proposal

Information sessions were held to share the final proposal to Council and get feedback on design options and concept plans in preparation for the non-statutory public hearing at the Transportation and Public Works Committee scheduled for December 8, 2010.

November 29 and 30 - West LRT Information Sessions

Presentation - Stony Plain Road Business District to Downtown

Presentation - Lewis Estates to Stony Plain Road Business District

Survey Results West LRT Final Report - September 2010

November 24 and 25 - Southeast LRT Information Sessions

Presentation - Downtown to Argyll

Presentation - Whyte Avenue to Mill Woods

Survey Results Southeast LRT Final Report - September 2010

November 2 - Downtown LRT Open House

Presentation - Downtown LRT Connector

Booklet - Downtown LRT Connector

September - Downtown LRT Design Options

Booklet - Downtown LRT Design Options

September 7 and 8 - Southeast LRT and West LRT Open Houses

Presentation Southeast Downtown to Argyll Road

Presentation Southeast Argyll Road to Mill Woods

Presentation West Lewis Farms to 156 Street

Presentation West Meadowlark to Downtown

City Council approved the surface downtown section of LRT. The work to determine the downtown LRT route was developed in conjunction with the Capital City Downtown Plan.

City Council Public Hearing Minutes - (Item 3.7)

May and June 2010: Determining How the LRT Will “Fit” into the Corridors

The project team was now focused on how the LRT route would “fit” into the corridors.

Workshops were setup to define things like:

  • Where the LRT will run within the corridors
  • Where the bridges or underpasses will be
  • Where the stations will be located
  • How they will be configured
  • How vehicle access in and out of communities will be impacted

Southeast and West LRT Milestones Report

Lewis Farms to 156 Street/92 Avenue

Presentation

Workshop Comment Summary

163 Street/87 Avenue to Stony Plain Road/142 Street

Presentation

Workshop Comment Summary

Stony Plain Road/149 Street to Stony Plain Road/124 Street

Presentation

Workshop Comment Summary

Stony Plain Road (Groat Road Bridge) to Downtown

Presentation

Workshop Comment Summary

Downtown to 95 Avenue/84 Street

Presentation

Workshop Comment Summary

Connors Road (Cloverdale Hill) to 83 Street/Whyte Avenue

Presentation

Workshop Comment Summary

83 Street/90 Avenue (Traffic Circle) to 75 Street/Wagner Road

Presentation

Workshop Comment Summary

75 Street/Wagner Road to Mill Woods

Presentation

Workshop Comment Summary

Deciding Where the Route Will Run

Using public feedback the project team defined corridor selection and high level concept of where the line will run. At this stage the line was divided into two sections. Southeast from Mill Woods to downtown and West from downtown to Lewis Estates.

February 3, 2010: Council Made Southeast to West LRT Next Priority

City Council passed a motion to make the combined West and Southeast LRT lines the next priority after, or concurrent with, the NAIT line (now known as the Metro Line).

City Council Minutes - Priorities of next LRT Lines (Item 5.5)

December 15, 2009: Council Approved Corridor Selection

City Council approved the proposed Southeast and West LRT corridors for the LRT expansion. The approval followed extensive public involvement, recognizing that new LRT development will play an important role in shaping the future of our City and result in significant benefit and impact to businesses, communities and institutions.

Special City Council Public Hearing Minutes (Item 3.1)

October 2009: Corridor Selection Reports

The corridor selection reports explain the project structure, alternatives identification, screening process, evaluation criteria and a summary of the technical analysis key points. These points were completed and presented to Council, along with a public involvement report that summarized how the public was consulted on the corridor selection and the outcomes of those meetings.

Southeast LRT Route Selection Report

West LRT Route Selection Report

Public Involvement Report 2008 to 2009

Prior to these reports, the Southeast to West LRT (now known as the Valley Line) corridor had not been defined. After consulting with the public, it was recommended that the West LRT would run from Lewis Estates (now known as Lewis Farms) to 109 Street at MacEwan University, and the Southeast LRT would run from Mill Woods (28 Avenue and 66 Street) to 109 Street at MacEwan University.

These reports detail the decision-making process conducted by the City to determine the recommended corridor for the Southeast to West LRT.

Southeast LRT Corridor Analysis Final Report

West LRT Corridor Analysis Final Report

May to June 2009: Defining and Soliciting feedback on Route Options

Online consultation and two public workshops were held to solicit input on the LRT route options. As the technical analysis was completed, information from this phase of consultation was used to ensure local issues were considered within the technical evaluation and to identify consultation points for further study.

December 2008 to April 2009: Project Initiation

Interviews gathered feedback on the five possible routes identified by the project team and received input on a proposed public involvement plan for the project.

Public Involvement Process Profiling Interviews for Southeast LRT

In March and April 2009, a Questionnaire and a series of face-to-face interviews were conducted with key stakeholders. This information was used to help refine the discussion points for further public involvement. A summary of public feedback was completed in the Public Involvement Themes Report.

How It Started

Strategy Phase

December 2008: Council Approved New Criteria

City Council approved a new criteria for LRT Route Planning and Evaluation. This 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.

October 2008: LRT Network Plan

At this time, planning studies were underway for a West LRT line. However, the change in policy direction led to a decision to re-evaluate potential west routes.

In 2009, the City also completed a long-term study to define the future size, scale and operation of Edmonton’s LRT system. The Network Plan calls for the potential development of five LRT lines across the City.

For lines that don’t physically connect into the existing system, such as the Valley Line, the Network Plan called for the development of Urban LRT. This means the system should have smaller, more frequent stops that are better connected to the surrounding community.

Downtown to Mill Woods

Map Legend

Build Phase Build Phase Stops or Stations Stops or Stations
Below Ground Below Ground Temporary Stop or Station Temporary Stop or Station
Elevated Elevated Transit Station Transit Centre
Bridge  Bridge Tunnel Tunnel
Park and Ride Park & Ride    

The City is committed to involving the people affected by the decisions it makes. We seek diverse opinions, experiences and information so that a wide spectrum of information is available to decision makers.

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.
The City of Edmonton's Light Rail Transit (LRT) Projects include six routes to various parts of the city.

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For More Information

City of Edmonton

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

TransEd Partners

Valley Line LRT Information Booth
Lee Pavillion at the Citadel Theatre
9828 - 101A Avenue Northwest
Edmonton, Alberta

Telephone

780-224-0964

Email info@transedlrt.ca
Website http://www.transedlrt.ca/
Twitter https://twitter.com/yegvalleyLRT

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