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Public input has played an essential role in shaping the Valley Line LRT, from the identification of the corridor in 2009, through the development of the concept plan, to the completion of preliminary design in 2013. Thousands of Edmontonians have been engaged through meetings, presentations, open houses and online.

Public Information and Engagement Sessions

The public was invited to drop-in to two open houses on November 15 and 16, 2017 to share refinements to the LRT preliminary design. The results of the recent assessment of LRT crossings at key intersections were also be provided, including what we heard during the previous engagements. 

Citizen Working Groups

As part of its ongoing commitment to public engagement, the City of Edmonton has established five Citizen Working Groups along the Valley Line West LRT alignment. Citizen Working Groups are a major method of engaging with neighbouring communities during the updating of preliminary design, procurement, detailed design and construction of the Valley Line West LRT.

Community leagues and other major stakeholder organizations along the alignment have been invited to assign a member to the working group in their area, and each group has two members from the public at large, selected by their peers at a series of public meetings held in August 2017.

Initial meetings of these working groups will occur in fall 2017. Meetings are open to the public. They will be announced on the City’s Public Engagement Calendar with agendas and minutes posted on the Valley Line West web page.

Valley Line West LRT Citizen Working Groups Fact Sheet

102 Street to Lewis Farms

Map Legend

Design Phase Design Phase Park and Ride Park & Ride
Elevated Elevated Public Engagement Public Engagement Meeting(s)
Bridge Bridge Stops or Stations Stops or Stations
Kiss and Ride Kiss and Ride Transit Station Transit Centre

History

Funding and Preliminary Design

Design Phase

November 15 and 16, 2017: Public Open Houses

The public was invited to drop-in to two open houses on November 15 and 16, 2017 to share refinements to the LRT preliminary design. The results of the recent assessment of LRT crossings at key intersections were also be provided, including what we heard during the previous engagements. 

Meeting Materials

Display Boards

October 2017: Valley Line West Booklet

The Fall 2017 Booklet (8 MB) includes the most current information on the project; low-floor LRT, Sustainable Urban Integration, corridor selection, concept, design and engineering, public engagement, public art policy, maps and LRT stop. 

​​August 16 to 24, 2017: Citizen Working Group Meetings

Residents were invited to join working group meetings for the zone of interest to them and volunteer to be considered as one of the public representatives that will be chosen by attendees at the meetings. ​

Zones:​

  • 87 Avenue (178 Street - Lewis Farms)
  • 87 Avenue (Meadowlark - 178 Street)
  • Stony Plain Road (Groat Road - 159 Street)
  • Downtown (102 Street - Groat Road)
  • 156 Street (100 Avenue - 87 Avenue)
June 21 and 29, 2017: Public Engagement Sessions

June 21 and 29, 2017

Residents were asked to give input on any issues and opportunities to consider for the crossing assessments at 149 Street and 178 Street along the alignment.

Meeting Material

178 Street/87 Avenue Fact Sheet

178 Street/87 Avenue Display Boards

149 Street/Stony Plain Road Fact Sheet

149 Street/Stony Plain Road Display Boards

June 13, 2017: City Council Meeting

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

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

2016: Project Update

In 2016, the Valley Line West received funding through the Government of Canada’s Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF) to update the preliminary design that was completed in 2013. The funding also covers work to determine the most appropriate project delivery method (P3, for example) and to develop a business case for construction funding. This work will position the City to be procurement ready when new funding becomes available.

November 2011 and 2013

November 14, 2013: 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: LRT Names Approved

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 were 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.

February 20, 2013: City Council Meeting

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)

May to November 2012: Information Sessions

The focus of the area meetings in stage 3 was to present preliminary designs of stop and station elements for each area, proposed changes to roadways and related concepts for connectivity and pedestrian/cyclist access. Participants had opportunities to be involved by attending the meeting in their area or by participating online.

What We Heard Report - May to November 2012

North Saskatchewan River Bridge (six options)

Meeting Materials

Presentations

Area 1 - 4 Mill Woods to Centre West

Area 5 - 6 Centre West to Lewis Farms

Project Displays

General

Area 1 Mill Woods to Whitemud

Area 2 Whitemud to Argyll

Area 3 Argyll to Strathearn

Area 4 Strathearn to Centre West

Area 5 Centre West to 149 Street

Area 6 149 Street to Lewis Farms

Detailed Maps

Area 5 Centre West to 149 Street (1 of 2)

Area 5 Centre West to 149 Street (2 of 2)

Area 6 149 Street to Lewis Farms (1 of 3)

Area 6 149 Street to Lewis Farms (2 of 3)

Area 6 149 Street to Lewis Farms (3 of 3)

November 2011 to April 2012: What We Heard

November 2011 to February 2012 - Stage 1

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

March to April 2012 - Stage 2 

The project team consulted the public for the Southeast to West LRT through community conversations in six consultation areas along all 27 kilometres 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

Defining Where the Route Will Run and Fit

Concept Phase

December 2008 to June 2012

March to June 20, 2012: Concept Plans Are Approved

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

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 and 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

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

February 15, 2012: City Council Meeting

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: City Council Meeting

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 to August 21, 2011: Public Engagement

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 - August 21, 2011

Feedback Summary Report - 102 and 102A Avenue - September 2011

Downtown LRT Presentation - July 24, 2011

Feedback Summary Report - 102 and 102A Avenue - August 2011

Feedback Summary Report - Chinese Version - August 2011

June 1, 2011: City Council Meeting

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: Transportation and Public Works Committee Meeting

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)

Presentation

April 28, 2011: Information Session

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.

Presentation

Display Boards

Recommended Concept Plan

Fact Sheet

December 5, 2011: City Council Meeting

Council approved $102 million for land acquisition along the Valley Line corridor.

December 5, 2011 - City Council Meeting Minutes (Item 3.2)

March 22, 2011: Transportation and Public Works Committee Meeting

Clarification was presented to Council on how the project team would assess and mitigate vibration and intersection impacts, ridership forecast, park n’ ride options and neighbourhood accesses.

Transportation and Public Works Committee Minutes (Item 6.7)

December 8, 2010: Transportation and Public Works Committee Meeting

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: Information Sessions and Open Houses

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, 2010: 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, 2010: Southeast LRT Information Sessions

Presentation - Downtown to Argyll

Presentation - Whyte Avenue to Mill Woods

Survey Results Southeast LRT Final Report - September 2010

November 2, 2010: Downtown LRT Open House

Presentation - Downtown LRT Connector

Booklet - Downtown LRT Connector

September 2010: Downtown LRT Design Options

Booklet - Downtown LRT Design Options

September 7 and 8, 2010: 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

June 21, 2010: City Council Meeting

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: Workshops

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, and 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

February 3, 2010: City Council Meeting

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 know as the Metro Line).

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

December 15, 2009: City Council Meeting

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: Online Consultation and Workshops

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

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

  • In 1999 Council approved a Transportation Master Plan that recommended a city-wide high-speed transit system
  • In 2004 a study was conducted and recommended high-speed transit was suitable between downtown and NAIT
December 2008

December 2008, 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.

2008 to 2009

Planning Studies and Policy Change

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 an urban-style LRT. This means the system should have smaller, more frequent stops that are better connected to the surrounding community.

LRT Route Planning and Evaluation Criteria

Building LRT

Frequently Asked Questions

LRT Crossing Assessment for 87 Avenue and 178 Street.

Why is the LRT designed to run primarily at street level, and how is it made compatible with car traffic?

The Valley Line LRT is designed to meet the overall goals of LRT expansion while fully integrating with the communities it serves. The low-floor, urban style LRT allows stops to be small, basically a raised curb and sidewalk with a shelter. Stops can be spaced closer together, making LRT accessible to more people. It costs less than elevated or subway systems.

The Valley Line LRT will run alongside traffic in designated lanes and follow the posted speed limits. The LRT will cross through an intersection during a green light and stop at a red light, just like the other vehicles on the road. The LRT may get green light priority at some intersections, but because no crossing arms will be lowered, cross-traffic won’t have to wait additional time before and after the LRT passes. As a result, increases in wait times are usually insignificant.

Another benefit of keeping the LRT at street level is that no overhead structures or tunnels are required. Going above or below street level creates visual and physical barriers in the community that reduce comfort and accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists moving through or within the area.

When is above or below street level considered?

There are some locations where going above or below street level are required. For instance, on Valley Line Southeast, the LRT crosses CP and CN train tracks. Due to rail safety requirements and technical difficulties with having LRT tracks and train tracks intersect, the LRT has to go above or below street level for these crossings.

At other locations, street level crossings are incompatible with the style of road. For example, going above or below street level is required when an LRT crosses over Anthony Henday Drive or any of the streets in Edmonton’s “inner ring road”; Whitemud Drive, 75 Street, Yellowhead Trail and 170 Street.

Going above or below street level is also considered where traffic volume is already causing intersection gridlock and there is no other way to provide relief.

Why not elevate or tunnel the entire LRT?

A fully elevated or underground LRT would be inconsistent with the City’s vision, and it would be very costly. This higher cost would result in a much longer time to expand the system and realize the benefits.

What would going above or below street level involve?

Going above street level would require a bridge over the intersection for the LRT vehicles to travel on. The bridge is called an elevated guideway, and consists of a single deep beam that supports the weight of the bridge, LRT vehicles, snow, rain, wind, and so on.

The elevated guideway ramps up and down for about two blocks on each side of the intersection to get to its required height. It is typically supported on large concrete piers centered below the beam, but sometimes may need to be supported on a second layer of deep beams that span across the road onto concrete columns.

Due to the close proximity of the elevated station at West Edmonton Mall going underground is not considered feasible at 178 Street. Because an LRT stop can’t be placed on a slope, going above or below street level would usually mean that LRT stops intended to be placed near the intersection would need to be either shifted further from the intersection or built above street level as well.

Building above or below street level would be a departure from the City’s vision for a sustainable, urban, integrated, low-floor LRT system designed to blend into surrounding mature communities.

An elevated crossing would be more of a visual and potentially physical barrier. Building above or below street level would involve extending the tracks above ground from the elevated West Edmonton Mall station westward to cross over 178 Street and ramp down to ground level east of 182 Street. The 182 Street LRT stop is far enough away from 178 Street that it would probably be unaffected.

How are travel time savings calculated?

Travel times are calculated using transportation modelling software to measure travel times for vehicle, LRT and traffic congestion.

If plans for Valley Line involve LRT priority is removing them an alternative to going above or below street level?

Plans call for partial priority for the LRT at some major intersections where the green signal can be extended slightly to allow the LRT to pass before it turns red.

However, the LRT may still get a red signal that will require it to stop. The assessment includes determining if a reasonable balance of intersection movements can be achieved.

How Input from Edmontonians Helped Shape the Valley Line LRT

Public Engagement and Valley Line LRT Route Selection

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.
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