Construction on the Metro Line Northwest (NAIT to Blatchford) started in summer 2020.
Blatchford Station Aerial View
Blatchford Station Street View
NAIT Station Aerial View
The Metro Line Northwest LRT is part of the City Plan vision. Extending the current line will improve mobility and access to existing and new neighbourhoods in the north and northwest areas of the city.
About the Project
The Metro Line Northwest corridor will extend the existing line from NAIT, through Blatchford, then north to 113A street where it will connect to key activity centres including Griesbach.
The line will continue north along 113A street until the proposed Castle Downs Transit Centre at 153 avenue, and then west where it will end at the Nakî Transit Centre & Park and Ride at Campbell Road. It will feature 9 transit centres.
The Metro Line expansion will occur in 3 phases:
Phase 1 – NAIT to Blatchford
Phase 2 – Blatchford to Castle Downs
Phase 3 – Castle Downs to Campbell Road
Transit Oriented Developments are encouraged along LRT corridors to support City’s goal to create compact neighbourhoods with a mixture of residential, employment, recreational and business opportunities within convenient walking distance of transit.
This video showcases the updated designs (2019) for Phase 2 and 3 of the Metro Line Northwest extension from Blatchford to Campbell Road, which incorporates feedback from Edmontonians. The project will move forward when funding becomes available.
Style of LRT
The Metro Line extension will combine both an urban and suburban style. Utilizing a high-floor train, certain portions of the alignment will be incorporated into communities while other segments will run through suburban areas.
The high-floor train operates similar to the low-floor trains with the main difference being the location of equipment is below the floor, resulting in higher station platforms. Landscaping and architectural features will be incorporated into the design to minimize intrusion and maximize the openness of space to create a safe environment.
The Metro Line extension will be mainly at street level, although going above or below ground will be required to cross busier intersections and the CN Walker Rail Yard. This preliminary design was approved by City Council in January 2019.
April 2020 Update
The City selected PCL Construction to provide construction management services for Phase 1 of the Metro Line LRT extension (NAIT to Blatchford). The City’s Evaluation Committee reviewed 3 shortlisted teams before selecting PCL to deliver the project (see Industry Bulletin).
On January 22, 2019, City Council approved the concept plan amendments to Phase 2 and 3 of the Metro Line LRT extension from Blatchford to Campbell Road. The City has completed preliminary design of Phase 2 and 3 of the LRT extension. Those projects will move forward when funding becomes available.
Construction on the Metro Line to Blatchford started in 2020. The extension is anticipated to open in 2024/2025. Construction work for 2022 will include:
Constructing NAIT/Blatchford Market Station, Blatchford Gate Station and utility buildings
Installing the concrete trackway and starting to lay down the tracks
Installing the overhead catenary system that provides electricity to the trains
Constructing a separated bicycle track, pedestrian walkways and vehicle crossings