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Join us to learn more about the Capital Line South LRT project, and to help us plan for LRT and the future of your community.

Public Information Session - Heritage Valley Park & Ride, Capital Line LRT and New 135 Street

November 29, 2017

Residents were invited to the Heritage Valley Park & Ride, Capital Line South LRT Extension and 135 Street/Anthony Henday Drive Connection Public Information Session to receive information and updates on the three projects.

The Capital Line South LRT Extension will run from the current Century Park Station to Ellerslie Road. It will connect to the Heritage Valley Park & Ride located at the northwest corner of Ellerslie Road and 127 Street. The new 135 Street connection to Anthony Henday Drive will replace the existing access at 127 Street. It will also provide transit access from Anthony Henday Drive to Heritage Valley Park & Ride.

Meeting Video

Watch to learn more about the three projects that were at the info session.

Event Introduction Video

Capital Line South LRT Extension Alignment

Fly-through of Capital Line South going from Century Park to Heritage Valley

Public Engagement Opportunities

Community Advisory Committee

Applications for the two community-at-large members are now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied.

Terms of Reference (Updated November 2017)

The purpose of this advisory committee is to provide a mechanism that will:

  • Build and maintain relationships and trust
  • Promote and support community engagement opportunities
  • Facilitate information-sharing and dialogue
  • Support the identification of issues, opportunities and concerns
  • Seek opportunities to minimize and mitigate impacts related to preliminary design, and future detailed design and construction

Pop-Ups

A variety of dates and locations are being planned throughout summer and early fall community events where there will be opportunity to provide your input at popup venues. 

Public Meetings

  • Meeting 1 is being planned for November 2017
  • Other public meetings will be scheduled in 2018

Century Park to Heritage Valley

Map Legend

Design Phase Design Phase
Bridge Bridge
Park and Ride Park & Ride
Public Engagement Public Engagement Meeting(s)
Stops or Stations Stops or Stations

History

Determining How the LRT Will Fit

Design Phase

November 29, 2017: Public Information Session

Residents were invited to the Heritage Valley Park & Ride, Capital Line South LRT Extension and 135 Street/Anthony Henday Drive Connection Public Information Session to receive information and updates on the three projects.

The Capital Line South LRT Extension will run from the current Century Park Station to Ellerslie Road. It will connect to the Heritage Valley Park & Ride located at the northwest corner of Ellerslie Road and 127 Street. 135 Street connection to Anthony Henday Drive will replace the existing access at 127 Street. It will also provide transit access from Anthony Henday Drive to Heritage Valley Park & Ride.

135 Street / Anthony Henday Drive Connection Display Boards (6 MB)

Capital Line South LRT Extension Alignment (3 MB)

Capital Line South LRT Extension Display Boards (1 MB)

Future Operations and Maintenance Facility (OMF) Layout (2 MB)

Heritage Valley Park & Ride Display Boards (3 MB)

Fall 2016: Supplemental Work Started

With funding from the Federal Government, the City started supplemental work on the Capital Line South Extension.

Updating of the preliminary design was initiated in June 2017 and is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2018. No timeline or funding for construction have been confirmed at this time.

Fact Sheet

Century Park to Ellerslie Road Map

September 2017: Capital Line South Extension Survey

The Capital Line South Extension Survey closed on September 30, 2017.

The survey results helped determine if the direction of the 2010 preliminary design still mets the community's needs.

October 2010: Partial 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 (NASP) for Heritage Valley Town Centre and Desrochers. These plans were approved by City Council in October 2009 and October 2010.

Concept Plans – Ellerslie Road to 41 Avenue SW

Ellerslie Road to 41 Avenue SW Map

May 2010: Preliminary Engineering to Ellerslie Road Completed

Preliminary Engineering for the first 4.5 km from Century Park to Ellerslie Road was completed in 2010.

Century Park to Ellerslie Road Map

April 2010: Information Sessions

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.

Information Session Displays

Preliminary Engineering Handout

Information Session Summary

December 10, 2009: Stakeholder Information Panel Meeting

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.

Presentation

Minutes

October 2009: Open House

The City held an open house to share information and gather input on the project.

Open House Displays

Open House Summary

September 24, 2009: Stakeholder Information Panel Meeting

The City meet with the Stakeholder Information Panel to gather input on impacts of the project.

Presentation

Minutes

August 2009: Residential Land Owner and Business Owner/Operator Meeting

The City presented and gathered input in addressing possible impacts to communities along the alignment.

Meeting Summary

July 2009: Fact Sheet

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.

Preliminary Engineering Fact Sheet

Deciding Where The Route Will Run

Concept Phase

March 2009: 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.

July 8, 2008: Council Approved Concept Plan

City Council approved the South LRT Extension from Century Park to the south City limit.

City Council Meeting Minutes July 8, 2008 (Item E)

How it Started

Strategy Phase

  • In 1999 Council approved a Transportation Master Plan that recommended a city-wide high-speed transit system
  • In 2004 a study was conducted and recommended high-speed transit was suitable between downtown and NAIT
December 2008

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.

2008 to 2009

Planning Studies and Policy Change

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

Building LRT

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Capital Line South Extension and when will it be built?

This 4.5 km LRT extension, from Century Park to Ellerslie Road, between 127 and 135 Streets, is currently ranked by City Council as priority 3 in the LRT Network. It presently comes after the Valley Line (Downtown to Lewis Farms) and the Metro Line (NAIT to Blatchford) projects. This extension is expected to be in service before 2040, with the exact timing based on obtaining funding.

Why is this LRT extension being looked at again?

LRT design requirements are always being updated as the technology changes. It has been seven years since the preliminary design for the Capital Line South Extension, called South LRT Extension at that time, was approved. In 2016 the Federal Government approved funding through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF) to support the City of Edmonton on LRT and other transit projects. The Capital Line South Extension preliminary design was identified as needing to be updated to reflect current design standards, current conditions, and new opportunities.

What is the timeline for the update of the preliminary design?

This preliminary design update will be completed by the end of September 2018 to meet Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF) funding requirements.

What is being included in this preliminary design update?

The 2010 preliminary design will be looked at to:

  • Confirm that the preliminary design meets new technology and standards. This is a technical exercise with little influence by the public.
  • Assess the need for raising or lowering of the tracks from street level at several locations along the line using a City Council approved assessment matrix. This is a technical exercise with little influence by the public. However, if deemed necessary, the public will have input on how these are designed to fit into the adjacent areas.
  • Assess the possibility of an additional station adjacent to Twin Brooks. This is a technical exercise with some influence by the public
  • Confirm, and if required, reconsider the aesthetics of the design by looking at materials and furnishings that meet the current needs of the adjacent communities. This is where the public will have a strong influence on the design.
Where and when can I provide input?

Public input will be collected and considered during three stages of the project. Stage 1 input may be provided in a variety of ways:

  • Visit a Pop-up at a variety of community events over the summer and early fall, chat with our team and fill in a survey
  • Complete a survey before September 30, 2017

You will have opportunities for input throughout the project.

How will my input be used?

Your input will be considered along with other influences on the project, such as the environment, safety, and technical standards. We will show how your input has been used and/or provide reasons why it cannot be used.

Why can’t I help decide on raising or lowering of the tracks from street level, at crossings along this extension?

The process for deciding if the line should go above or below street level involves the use of a Council approved assessment matrix. This matrix provides an objective, consistent process when assessing LRT road crossing options. Major intersections are identified and assessed with the matrix which considers the following criteria:

  • Accessibility: How the various transportation modes link between one another and with adjacent developments.
  • Network Operations: How the surrounding and broader transportation network is impacted
  • Urban Design and Social Environment: How the surrounding communities and stakeholders are impacted.
  • Feasibility and Construction: Feasibility, costs and risk assessments.

If going above or below street level is required, the public will be able to provide input on their design to fit into the communities. Concerns and other comments will also be taken and considered.

Will there be Park & Ride?

Two Park & Ride facilities are provided. Century Park has an existing Park & Ride, which is not part of this project. Heritage Valley Park & Ride, at the south end of this extension, is currently undergoing preliminary and detailed design as a separate project. It is anticipated that the Heritage Valley Park & Ride will be built within the next 5 years. It will include a bus transit centre.

Will there be problems with the signalling and speed of the trains with this extension?

The City is sensitive to the fact that the signalling system substantially delayed the opening of the current Metro Line. This will be a key consideration as we move forward and will be included as part of the update process. The design of efficient signalling and traffic systems is a top priority for this project and the lessons learned from the Metro Line will be applied to remove similar issues.

What is not being looked at in this project?

The corridor (the route) and the alignment (where the tracks are in the corridor) have been decided upon, so they will not change. The station at Ellerslie Road, between 127 and 135 Streets, has also been determined. These elements were approved by Council during the concept design phase.

The City is committed to involving the people affected by the decisions it makes. We seek diverse opinions, experiences and information so that a wide spectrum of information is available to decision makers.

Building a new LRT line is a significant infrastructure project that can take several years of planning, engineering and public engagement before construction can begin.
The City of Edmonton's Light Rail Transit (LRT) Projects include six routes to various parts of the city.

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