Full Speed Ahead Dependent on Audit and Reliability Resolution
The City of Edmonton and its advisors are working closely with Thales Rail Signaling Solutions to get the Metro Line operating at full speed, and advancements are being made. Rail Safety Consultants (RSC) has almost completed its audit of Thales’ safety case.
A positive audit report will help the City make the decision about future Metro Line operations. There are reliability issues that must be corrected before the decision will be made to run the line at full speed.
The City of Edmonton is not able to give a specific date for the full speed operation of the Metro Line, but work continues behind the scenes to resolve the remaining issues.
Council Discusses Possibility of Future Grade Separation for Metro Line
Recently, City Council asked Administration to look at possible ideas for future grade separation for the Metro Line, especially as the Blatchford Lands are developed, and more businesses and people move into the area.
On April 13, Council’s Transportation Committee discussed a report presented by Administration that included ideas for tunneling, elevated crossings and changing the alignment of the at-grade crossings.
These ideas were presented for information only, so that Councillors could see the options that could be considered in the future.
No decisions would be made without significant public engagement, and it’s unlikely any changes will be made to the area in the future until funding is provided to extend the Metro Line into the Blatchford lands.
The scenarios discussed range in price from $35 to $95 million.
Transportation Committee Agenda (Item 6.4)