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Communities northwest of City Centre share their vision of the Metro Line Northwest LRT Extension that's in the concept phase.

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.

Metro Line NW LRT Phase 1 Receives $127 Million From the Government of Canada

The City has received a federal funding commitment of approximately $127 million for the Metro Line Northwest LRT, solidifying the City’s long-term vision to expand LRT to the northwest of Edmonton.

Through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan, the Government of Canada is providing approximately $127 million for the Metro Line Northwest LRT, adding to the approximately $131 million committed by the Government of Alberta in November 2018.

The City will now seek to finalize municipal funding requirements and present to City Council for consideration this spring. These funds allow the City to continue moving forward with procuring the contractors to extend the Metro Line by 1.5 kilometres into Blatchford.

Once all the funding is in place, it will take about 1 year to complete design and select a contractor for the Metro Line Northwest LRT extension into Blatchford, and another 4 years to complete construction and commissioning.

Metro Line NW LRT Phase 1 receives $131 million from the Province of Alberta

The City has received a provincial funding commitment of $131 million for Phase One (NAIT to Blatchford) of the Metro Line NW LRT extension, solidifying the City’s long-term vision to expand LRT to the northwest of Edmonton.

These funds will be used towards the procurement and construction of Phase one of the Metro Line NW. Once additional funding is secured, it is anticipated it would take about nine months to select a contractor and another two and a half years to complete construction.

Read the Government of Alberta news release on funding announcement

Public Meetings - Metro Line NW

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 this project will be construction-procurement ready by the end of 2018.

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.

Where We Are

Planning for the Metro Line extension includes a comprehensive community engagement program. This program is fully integrated into the planning process for concept validation and preliminary engineering.

Public engagement activities began in spring 2017, to obtain input to 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 will begin in the late fall and continue into 2018, when the completion of the study will set the stage for project implementation.

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

What We Heard

Edmontonians in communities Northwest of City Centre share their vision of the Metro Line Northwest LRT Expansion.

What We Heard - Fall 2017

What We Heard - Winter 2018

Project History

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 may be required at key intersections and for crossing the CN Walker Rail Yard. Going above or below ground will be confirmed and approved by spring 2018, as part of this study to confirm the Metro Line alignment through northwest Edmonton.

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