Determining How the LRT Will Fit
March 2009 to October 2010
Ellerslie Road to 41 Avenue SW Concept Planning Approved
Concepts plans for the 3 km extension from Ellerslie Road to 41 Avenue SW have been brought up-to-date with the Neighbourhood Area Structure Plans for Heritage Valley Town Centre and Desrochers. These plans were approved by City Council in October 2009 and October 2010.
Century Park to Ellerslie Road Preliminary Engineering Completed
Preliminary Engineering for the first 4.5 km from Century Park to Ellerslie Road was completed in 2010.
The City presented the recommended preliminary design plans for the future South LRT extension. Feedback from previous open house, resident and business meetings and Stakeholder Information Panel meetings in Fall 2009 were considered in the development of the preliminary design plans.
Stakeholder Information Panel Wrap Up
The City shared the proposed preliminary engineering based on feedback.
Stakeholder Information Panel Meeting
December 10, 2009
The City meet with the Stakeholder Information Panel to gather feedback regarding specific landscaping and aesthetic themes and share updates on the status of the project.
The City held an open house to share information and gather input on the project.
Stakeholder Information Panel Meeting
September 24, 2009
The City meet with the Stakeholder Information Panel to gather input on impacts of the project.
Residential Land Owner and Business Owner/Operator Meeting
The City presented and gathered input in addressing possible impacts to communities along the alignment.
In July 2008, Edmonton City Council approved the Concept Plan for the South LRT Extension from Century Park to the South City Limit. Preliminary Engineering to Ellerslie Road was initiated in April 2009 after funding was approved by Council, and is scheduled for completion in January 2010.
Ellerslie Park and Ride Open House
Shared information with local residents about a potential temporary Park and Ride at Ellerslie Road.
Having evaluated the temporary Park and Ride against other options, the City decided to proceed with a permanent Park and Ride facility at the Ellerslie Road/127 Street location. A temporary Park and Ride at the Century Park LRT station will provide service to commuters while the facility at Ellerslie Road is constructed.
How it Started
In 1999 Council approved a Transportation Master Plan that recommended a city-wide high-speed transit system. Then in 2004 a study was conducted and recommended high-speed transit was suitable between downtown and NAIT.
December 2008, City Council approved a new criteria for LRT Route Planning & 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.
2005 to 2009
Edmonton City Council approved Concept Plan
July 8, 2008
City Council approved the South LRT Extension from Century Park to the south City limit.
Planning Studies and Policy Change
2008 to 2009
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.