NAIT to Campbell Road
About the Project
The Metro Line Northwest LRT is part of the City’s Transportation Master Plan vision to expand LRT service to all sectors of the City by 2040. Expanding the existing line will improve mobility and access to existing and new neighbourhoods in the north and northwest sections of the City, and including the City of St. Albert.
The Metro Line Northwest LRT expansion will extend from a new station at NAIT, north through Blatchford to connect to key activity centres along 113A Street and then west along 153 Avenue to Campbell Road.
The expansion will contribute to reduced travel times for those using LRT, particularly as the City continues to grow and vehicle congestion continues to increase. It will provide Edmontonians and St. Albert residents with a sustainable, efficient and reliable mobility choice, connecting people to key destinations in the City, such as NAIT, Royal Alexandra Hospital, services and shopping areas, and the City centre, as well as getting people back to their families at the end of a long day.
Metro Line expansion will occur in two phases:
- Phase 1 – NAIT to Blatchford
- Phase 2 – Blatchford to Campbell Road
City council has identified extending the Metro Line to Blatchford as one of the next LRT network expansion priorities. Federal Public Transit Infrastructure Funds will be utilized for this segment of the LRT network. Phase 1 of this project will be construction-procurement ready by 2019.
Building the Northwest LRT is part of the Transportation Master Plan’s vision Because land use and transportation are closely linked, LRT growth will be guided by the principle of “transit oriented development”. Its goal is to create compact neighbourhoods with a mixture of residential, employment, recreational and business opportunities within convenient walking distance of transit.
Style of LRT
The Metro Line expansion 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 style with the main difference being 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 expansion will be mainly at-grade, although grade separations may be required at key intersections and for crossing the CN Walker Rail Yard. Crossing separations will be finalized by December 2017, as part of this study to confirm the Metro Line alignment through northwest Edmonton.