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A timeline of the events for the Valley Line West LRT starting in 2008 to today.

Updating Preliminary Design

In 2016, the Valley Line West received funding through the Government of Canada’s Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF) to update the preliminary design that was completed in 2013. The funding also covers work to determine the most appropriate project delivery method (P3, for example) and to develop a business case for construction funding. This work will position the City to be procurement ready when new funding becomes available.

Current Information on Public Engagement

Completing Preliminary Design

Between November 2011 and 2013, the preliminary design phase involved stakeholders and interested members of the public to define the look, feel and integration of the line in their communities.

With the progression of the project, an effort was made to officially name all of the City’s future LRT lines. The combined Southeast, Downtown and West sections were officially named the Valley Line.

For the Preliminary Engineering project, six key areas were identified as the basis for public consultation.

November 2011 to November 2013

The 27-kilometre Valley Line was divided into six consultation areas:

Area 1 Map (Mill Woods to Whitemud)

Area 2 Map (Whitemud to Argyll)

Area 3 Map (Argyll to Strathearn)

Area 4 Map (Strathearn to Centre West)

Area 5 Map (Centre West to 149 St)

Area 6 Map (149 St to Lewis Farms)

Final Preliminary Design Report Completed

November 14, 2013

Following two years of design and consultation, the preliminary design of the 27-kilometre urban style LRT from Mill Woods to Lewis Farms was completed.

Valley Line LRT Final Preliminary Design

Presenting the Aesthetics and Integration of LRT in the Community

June 2013

In stage 5 the public was invited to view the final recommended preliminary design of the Valley Line LRT. This round of engagement included information-sharing on the environmental impact assessment process, findings, and recommendations.

Environmental Impact Assessment

Meeting Materials

Presentations Project Displays Detailed Maps

Area 1 - 2 Mill Woods to Argyll

Area 3 - 4 Argyll to Centre West

Area 5 - 6 Centre West to Lewis Farms

Area 1 - 4 Millwoods to Centre West

Area 5 - 6 Centre West to Lewis Farms

Area 1 Mill Woods to Whitemud

Area 2 Whitemud to Argyll

Area 3 Argyll to Strathearn

Area 4 Strathearn to Centre West (1 of 2)

Area 4 Strathearn to Centre West (2 of 2)

Area 5 Centre West to 149 St (1 of 2)

Area 5 Centre West to 149 St (2 of 2)

Area 6 149 St to Lewis Farms (1 of 3)

Area 6 149 St to Lewis Farms (2 of 3)

Area 6 149 St to Lewis Farms (3 of 3)

Preliminary Design Process

April 2013

The City had a two year plan to develop and finalize the Preliminary Design for 27 km urban style low-floor rail system from Mill Woods to Lewis Farms.

Preliminary Design Process

The Valley Line is Announced as the New Name of Southeast to West LRT

March 28, 2013

Following extensive public input, the names of the current and future LRT lines were decided. The LRT stop and station, bridge, and facility names for the southeast portion of the Valley Line LRT were also determined. However, the stops, stations, bridges and facilities on the west portion of the Valley Line would have to wait until funding and a construction timeline were determined.

City Council Approved Concept for North Saskatchewan Bridge

February 20, 2013

City Council approved the concept for a new bridge that will take the Southeast to West LRT across the North Saskatchewan River into the downtown. Public input, technical feasibility, and cost were factors in the selection of this bridge concept.

North Saskatchewan River Bridge (Original 6 Concepts)

North Saskatchewan Bridge (Large Renderings)

Refining the Aesthetics and Integration of LRT in the Community

September 2012 to May 2013

Stage 4 collected final input on the proposed designs and other key elements discussed in Stages 2 and 3, and presented updates on the ongoing technical developments.

What We Heard Report - January 2013

Environmental Impact Assessment Information

North Saskatchewan River Bridge (3 options)

Meeting Materials

Presentations Project Displays Detailed Maps

Area 1 - 2 Mill Woods to Argyll

Area 3 Argyll to Strathearn

Area 4 Strathearn to Centre West

Area 5 - 6 Centre West to Lewis

Area 1 Mill Woods to Whitemud

Area 2 Whitemud to Argyll

Area 3 Argyll to Strathearn

Area 4 Strathearn to Centre West

Area 5 - 6 Centre West to Lewis Farms

Area 1 Mills Woods to Whitemud

Area 2 Whitemud to Argyll

Area 3 Argyll to Strathearn

Area 4 Strathearn to Centre West (1 of 2)

Area 4 Strathearn to Centre West (2 of 2)

Area 5 Centre West to 149 St (1 of 2)

Area 5 Centre West to 149 St (2 of 2)

Area 6 149 St to Lewis Farms (1 of 3)

Area 6 149 St to Lewis Farms (2 of 3)

Area 6 149 St to Lewis Farms (3 of 3)

Developing the Aesthetics and Integration of LRT in the Community

May 2012 to November 2012

The focus of the area meetings in stage 3 was to present preliminary designs of stop and station elements for each area, proposed changes to roadways and related concepts for connectivity and pedestrian/cyclist access. Participants had opportunities to be involved by attending the meeting in their area or by participating online.

What We Heard Report - May to November 2012

North Saskatchewan River Bridge (six options)

Meeting Materials

Presentations Project Displays Detailed Maps

Area 1 - 4 Mill Woods to Centre West

Area 5 - 6 Centre West to Lewis Farms

General

Area 1 Mill Woods to Whitemud

Area 2 Whitemud to Argyll

Area 3 Argyll to Strathearn

Area 4 Strathearn to Centre West

Area 5 Centre West to 149 Street

Area 6 149 Street to Lewis Farms

Area 5 Centre West to 149 St (1 of 2)

Area 5 Centre West to 149 St (2 of 2)

Area 6 149 St to Lewis Farms (1 of 3)

Area 6 149 St to Lewis Farms (2 of 3)

Area 6 149 St to Lewis Farms (3 of 3)

Developing the Public Involvement Process for Preliminary Design

November 2011 to April 2012

Stage 1 ran from November 2011 to February 2012. The project team focused on developing the public involvement plan to guide all public involvement activities throughout the project. The plan was based on input and information from June 2010 to June 2012, as well as new information gathered through interviews and online surveys with stakeholders.

What We Heard - February 2012

Stage 2 ran from March to April 2012. The project team consulted the public for the Southeast to West LRT through community conversations in six consultation areas along all 27 kilometres of the line. Each meeting included a presentation and small group discussion of how the LRT could integrate with communities.

What We Heard - March to May 2012

Determining How the LRT Will Fit 

Concept Phase

While gathering feedback from the public the project team defined the route selection - which determines how the line will fit within the corridor. The project team worked with the communities to create a concept plan to present to Council.

With the corridors set for Southeast and West LRT (Valley Line), a new Downtown LRT Connector project was started to identify how the Southeast to West LRT would connect through the downtown.

May 2010 to June 2012

Concept Plan Updates are Final, Concept Plans are Complete for Entire Line

March to June 20, 2012

Public Consultation

A report on how the public was consulted about the Southeast to West LRT concept plan amendment was available in March 2012.

What We Heard Report - March 2012

Property Acquisition

When approving the route Council considered the impact on property owners and ultimately selected an alignment that minimized the need for private property acquisition. However, in some cases, privately-held property will need to be acquired in order for the project to proceed.

Property Acquisition

Concept Plan

City Council approved the proposed amendments to the concept plan, making the entire line ready to move forward with preliminary design.

Approved Concept Plan Amendment

Approval of the proposed amendment details:

  • The Operations and Maintenance Facility (OMF) was relocated to Whitemud Drive and 75 Street
  • The Transit Centre and LRT station were relocated to Wagner, on 75 Street south of Wagner Road
  • The Park & Ride was relocated to Wagner and will include up to 1300 stalls
  • There will be no LRT stop at Whitemud Drive and 75 Street
  • The LRT will operate on a bridge from about 85 Street and Argyll Road to 75 Street and McIntyre Road

Approved Concept Plans and Detailed Maps

Southeast LRT Concept Plan

Detailed Southeast Alignment Maps

West LRT Concept Plan

Detailed West Alignment Maps

Downtown Concept Plan

Revised Concept Plan for Quarters Area

Downtown Route Selection Report

City Council Approves Concept Plans for Downtown LRT

February 15, 2012

The project team presented two options for the downtown route - 102 Avenue and 102A/103 Avenue - and supporting reports from the public consultation. Council approved the 102 Avenue route options for the downtown portion of the Southeast to West LRT Project.

City Council Meeting Minutes (Item 6.3)

Downtown LRT Concept Plan Presentation

City Council Follow Up on Alternate Downtown LRT Route Options

January 18 and 31, 2012

Council was presented with a report that recommended the concept plan for the Downtown LRT Connector between the West and Southeast lines.

Council and Committee Meeting Minutes - January 18, 2011 (Item 6.1 & 6.2)

Transportation Infrastructure Committee Meeting Minutes - January 31, 2012

Downtown LRT Concept Plan Presentation

City Council Presentation for Recommended Concept Plan for Downtown LRT

November 15, 2011

Council was presented with a report that recommended the concept plan for the Downtown LRT Connector between the West and Southeast lines.

Council and Committee Meeting Minutes - November 15, 2011 (Item 6.2)

Downtown LRT Concept Plan Presentation

The project team was asked to return to Council on January 18, 2012 and provide details on an underground option for 102 Avenue and 102A Avenue, a LRT Stop on 95 Street and 102A Avenue and alternate options for 102A Avenue/103 Avenue, including details regarding why 102A Avenue was not used.

Revised Recommendation for Downtown LRT Shared with Stakeholders

October 5, 2011

A revised recommendation was completed and shared with the stakeholders.

Downtown LRT Revised Recommendation: 102 and 102A Avenue - 95 to 97 Street

Downtown LRT Revised Recommendation: 102 and 102A Avenue - 95 to 97 Street - Chinese

Downtown LRT Revised Recommendation Boards

Developed Downtown LRT Options

July 24, 2011 and August 21, 2011

The project team worked with the community in the vicinity of 102 Avenue and 102A Avenue between 95 Street and 97 Street to discuss local concerns and opportunities, and collectively developed four LRT options.

Downtown LRT Presentation

Feedback Summary Report - 102 and 102A Avenue

Downtown LRT Presentation

Feedback Summary Report - 102 and 102A Avenue

Feedback Summary Report - Chinese Version

City Council Approved Funds for Preliminary Engineering for Southeast and West LRT

June 1, 2011

City Council approved $39 million to proceed to preliminary engineering for the Southeast and West portions of the LRT line.

City Council Minutes - June 1, 2011 (Item 6.10)

Following the approval of a study on the downtown LRT connector corridor study on June 21, 2010, a concept planning study was initiated to define where the LRT would fit within the approved corridor, where LRT stops would be located, and what type of access changes would be required for vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists.

A public involvement process was initiated to support the planning study and to identify local issues and impacts that needed to be addressed through the planning process. The project team followed up with a concept on November 15, 2011.

City Council Presentation on the Refinement of the Downtown Alignment

May 25, 2011

At the June 21, 2010 City Council meeting, Council determined that a downtown LRT connector would be defined. Council approved the downtown LRT connector corridor in June and asked the project team to provide more details on the refinement of the downtown alignment. The development of the recommended concept plan involved additional engineering and public consultation to evaluate various options of the alignment.

Transportation and Public Works Committee Minutes - (Item 6.2)

Downtown LRT Connector Presentation

Review and Feedback for Downtown LRT Connector Concept Plan

April 28, 2011

The Downtown LRT Connector information session provided stakeholders with information about the LRT planning process, the recommended Concept Plan for presentation to City Council and to receive and summarize feedback to inform City Council.

Downtown LRT Connector Presentation

Downtown LRT Connector Display Boards

Downtown LRT Connector Recommended Concept Plan

Downtown LRT Connector Fact Sheet

City Council Approved Land Acquisition for Valley Line Corridor

December 5, 2011

Council approved $102 million for land acquisition along the Valley Line corridor.

December 5, 2011 - City Council Meeting Minutes (Item 3.2)

City Council Presentation on Impacts and Mitigation

March 22, 2011

Clarification was presented to Council on how the project team would assess and mitigate vibration and intersection impacts, ridership forecast, Park & Ride options and neighbourhood accesses.

Transportation & Public Works Committee Minutes (Item 6.7)

Concept Plans are Approved for Southeast and West LRT

January 19, 2011

Council approved the amended Southeast and West LRT Concept Plans that were presented.

Valley Line Fact Sheet (Chinese)

City Council Public Hearing Minutes (Item 6.6 and 6.7)

Southeast LRT Concept Plan

Detailed Southeast Alignment Maps

West LRT Concept Plan

Detailed West Alignment Maps

City Council Reviewed the Concept Plans and Requested Reports

December 8, 2010

The Transportation and Public Works Committee reviewed the Southeast, West and Downtown concept plans. Reports for Council were requested for March 22, 2011 to get more clarity on some costs, assessment and impacts.

Special Transportation and Public Works Committee Minutes

Review and Feedback with Stakeholders for Final Proposal

September and November 2010

Information sessions were held to share the final proposal to Council and get feedback on design options and concept plans in preparation for the non-statutory public hearing at the Transportation and Public Works Committee scheduled for December 8, 2010.

November 29 and 30 - West LRT Information Sessions

Presentation - Stony Plain Road Business District to Downtown

Presentation - Lewis Estates to Stony Plain Road Business District

Survey Results West LRT Final Report - September 2010

November 24 and 25 - Southeast LRT Information Sessions

Presentation - Downtown to Argyll

Presentation - Whyte Avenue to Mill Woods

Survey Results Southeast LRT Final Report - September 2010

November 2 - Downtown LRT Open House

Presentation - Downtown LRT Connector

Booklet - Downtown LRT Connector

September - Downtown LRT Design Options

Booklet - Downtown LRT Design Options

September 7 and 8 - Southeast LRT and West LRT Open Houses

Presentation Southeast Downtown to Argyll Road

Presentation Southeast Argyll Road to Mill Woods

Presentation West Lewis Farms to 156 Street

Presentation West Meadowlark to Downtown

City Council Approved Downtown Section of LRT

June 21, 2010

City Council approved the surface downtown section of LRT. The work to determine the downtown LRT route was developed in conjunction with the Capital City Downtown Plan.

City Council Public Hearing Minutes - (Item 3.7)

Determining How the LRT Will “Fit” into the Corridors

May and June 2010

The project team was now focused on how the LRT route would “fit” into the corridors. Workshops were setup to define things like: where the LRT will run within the corridors, where the bridges or underpasses will be, where the stations will be located, how they will be configured and how vehicle access in and out of communities will be impacted.

Southeast and West LRT Milestones Report

Lewis Farms to 156 Street/92 Avenue

Presentation

Workshop Comment Summary

163 Street/87 Avenue to Stony Plain Road/142 Street

Presentation

Workshop Comment Summary

Stony Plain Road/149 Street to Stony Plain Road/124 Street

Presentation

Workshop Comment Summary

Stony Plain Road (Groat Road Bridge) to Downtown

Presentation

Workshop Comment Summary

Downtown to 95 Avenue/84 Street

Presentation

Workshop Comment Summary

Connors Road (Cloverdale Hill) to 83 Street/Whyte Avenue

Presentation

Workshop Comment Summary

83 Street/90 Avenue (Traffic Circle) to 75 Street/Wagner Road

Presentation

Workshop Comment Summary

75 Street/Wagner Road to Mill Woods

Presentation

Workshop Comment Summary

Deciding Where the Route Will Run

Using feedback from the public the project team defined the corridor selection, a high level concept of where the line will run. At this stage of the project the line was divided into two sections: the Southeast LRT line running from Mill Woods to downtown and the West LRT line running from downtown to Lewis Estates.

December 2008 to February 2010

City Council Made Southeast to West LRT Next Priority

February 3, 2010

City Council passed a motion to make the combined West and Southeast LRT lines the next priority after, or concurrent with, the NAIT line (now know as the Metro Line).

City Council Minutes - Priorities of next LRT Lines (Item 5.5)

City Council Approved Corridor Selection

December 15, 2009

City Council approved the proposed Southeast and West LRT corridors for the LRT expansion. The approval followed extensive public involvement, recognizing that new LRT development will play an important role in shaping the future of our City and result in significant benefit and impact to businesses, communities and institutions.

Special City Council Public Hearing Minutes (Item 3.1)

Corridor Selection Reports

October 2009

The corridor selection reports explain the project structure, alternatives identification, screening process, evaluation criteria and a summary of the technical analysis key points. These points were completed and presented to Council, along with a public involvement report that summarized how the public was consulted on the corridor selection and the outcomes of those meetings.

Southeast LRT Route Selection Report

West LRT Route Selection Report

Public Involvement Report 2008 to 2009

Prior to these reports, the Southeast to West LRT (now known as the Valley Line) corridor had not been defined. After consulting with the public, it was recommended that the West LRT would run from Lewis Estates (now known as Lewis Farms) to 109 Street at MacEwan University, and the Southeast LRT would run from Mill Woods (28 Avenue and 66 Street) to 109 Street at MacEwan University.

These reports detail the decision-making process conducted by the City to determine the recommended corridor for the Southeast to West LRT.

Southeast LRT Corridor Analysis Final Report

West LRT Corridor Analysis Final Report

Defining and Soliciting feedback on Route Options

May to June 2009

Online consultation and two public workshops were held to solicit input on the LRT route options. As the technical analysis was completed, information from this phase of consultation was used to ensure local issues were considered within the technical evaluation and to identify consultation points for further study.

Project Initiation

December 2008 to April 2009

Interviews gathered feedback on the five possible routes identified by the project team and received input on a proposed public involvement plan for the project.

Public Involvement Process Profiling Interviews for Southeast LRT

In March and April 2009, a questionnaire and a series of face-to-face interviews were conducted with key stakeholders. This information was used to help refine the discussion points for further public involvement. A summary of public feedback was completed in the Public Involvement Themes Report.

How It Started 

Strategy Phase

In December 2008, City Council approved a new criteria for LRT Route Planning and Evaluation. This criteria reflected a shift in the City’s strategic planning direction, as reflected in The Way We Move and The Way We Grow. For LRT and Transit investments, the original goal was to minimize travel times and increase ridership, but the new focus was finding a balance of travel time and shaping land use.

October 2008

At this time, planning studies were underway for a West LRT line. However, the change in policy direction led to a decision to re-evaluate potential west routes.

In 2009, the City also completed a long-term study to define the future size, scale and operation of Edmonton’s LRT system. The Network Plan calls for the potential development of five LRT lines across the City. For lines that don’t physically connect into the existing system, such as the Valley Line, the Network Plan called for the development of an urban-style LRT. This means the system should have smaller, more frequent stops that are better connected to the surrounding community.

LRT Route Planning and Evaluation Criteria

LRT Network Plan

For More Information

Future LRT General Inquiries

City of Edmonton

Telephone 780-496-4874
Email LRTprojects@edmonton.ca

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