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The Metro Line Northwest LRT is part of the City’s Transportation Master 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.

Phase Two Extension Preliminary Design

This animated video showcases the updated designs for Phase 2 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 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 extension will be mainly at street level, although going above or below ground will be required at key intersections and for crossing the CN Walker Rail Yard. This preliminary design was approved by City Council in January 2019.

NAIT to Campbell Road

Map Legend

Concept Phase Concept Phase Rail Line Rail Line
Below Ground Below Ground Stops or Stations Stops or Stations
Elevated Elevated Temporary Stop or Station Temporary Stop or Station
Bridge Bridge Transit Station Transit Centre
Park and Ride Park & Ride Tunnel Tunnel
Public Engagement Public Engagement Meeting(s)    

About the Project

Concept Phase

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. Extending the current line will improve mobility and access to neighbourhoods north and northwest of the city, including the City of St. Albert.

The Metro Line Northwest 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.

Metro Line: Northwest Extension Map

The extension will help reduce travel times as the city grows and vehicle congestion increases. It will provide Edmontonians and St. Albert residents with a sustainable, efficient and reliable mobility choice. It will connect people to key destinations in the city, such as NAIT, Royal Alexandra Hospital, services, shopping areas, the city centre and getting people back home 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 priorities. Federal Public Transit Infrastructure Funds will be utilized for this segment of the LRT network. Phase 1 of the project began procurement in 2019.

Building the Northwest LRT is part of the vision of the Transportation Master Plan, The Way We Move. 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.

You can learn more about the project from the Business Case summary

Where We Are

With funding in place for Phase 1 of the Metro Line LRT extension from NAIT to Blatchford, the City has entered into the procurement phase which involves undertaking a rigorous competitive process to select a Construction Manager who can effectively deliver the project. The City’s Evaluation Committee has completed the evaluation of the prequalification and 3 teams have been shortlisted (see Industry Bulletin).

Phase 1 is anticipated to begin construction in 2020. 

On January 22 2019, City Council approved the concept plan amendments to the Metro Line LRT extension from Blatchford to Campbell Road. The City has completed preliminary design of Phase 2 and the project will move forward when funding becomes available.

Background

Public engagement activities began in spring 2017 to obtain input for the final concept for the alignment and station design. This included building awareness about the Metro Line extension and the public’s role in providing input to the alignment, station areas and connections to communities. Engagement on preliminary engineering began in fall 2017 and continued in 2018 when the preliminary designs were shown to Edmontonians for feedback.

Key Engagement Phases

  • Engagement Planning - May 2017
  • Concept Validation - June to November 2017
  • Preliminary Engineering - November 2017 to September 2018
  • Engagement Reporting and Transition - July to September 2018
  • Phase 1 Capstone Event - May 2019
  • Phase 2 Capstone Event - November 2019

Phase One Extension Preliminary Design

This animated video showcases the updated designs for the Metro Line NW extension which incorporates feedback from Edmontonians. Phase 1 of the Metro Line extension from NAIT to Blatchford is currently in the procurement phase.

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