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Valley Line West is in the design phase, with funding to cover a preliminary design review and preparing for procurement.

Valley Line West receives over $1 Billion from the Province of Alberta

The City has received a provincial funding commitment of $1.04 billion for Valley Line West, solidifying the City’s long-term vision to expand LRT to the west end of Edmonton.

These funds will be used towards the procurement and construction of Valley Line West.  Once additional funding is secured, it is anticipated it would take about one year to select a contractor and another five to six years to complete construction. 

Read the Government of Alberta news release on funding announcement

About the Project

It’s the second stage of the Valley Line, an urban-style 27 km line that will operate between Mill Woods in southeast Edmonton and Lewis Farms in west Edmonton.

Learn more about the history of public engagement or the project

Public Information Meeting - Environmental Impact Assessments

As part of the Valley Line West LRT project, in accordance with the City’s North Saskatchewan River Valley Area Redevelopment Plan (Bylaw 7188), Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) were undertaken for project components at MacKinnon Ravine and Groat Ravine. The assessments describe current environmental conditions, assess potential project impacts and provide mitigation measures.

On August 28, 2018 citizens were invited to a public information session to learn more about the EIA process and the findings of the two studies. Environmental and project staff were on hand to answer questions.

Display Boards (12.4MB)

Environmental Impact Assessment - Crossing at Groat Ravine (9.6MB)

Environmental Impact Assessment - Activities Near MacKinnon Ravine (6.5MB)

Site Location Study - Crossing at Groat Ravine and Activities Near MacKinnon Ravine (3.5MB)

Virtual Reality Video

View our 360-degree virtual reality video of the Alex Decoteau stop on the Valley Line West route. See first-hand how the Valley Line LRT will transform communities into more walkable, street-oriented places for people to live, work and play.

Valley Line West City Council Reports

As part of the extensive review and update of the 2013 preliminary design, we’ve been tasked with examining some additional design changes to the original concept plan.

Throughout the summer months, the Valley Line West team held several public engagement sessions and stakeholder meetings to present the proposed design changes and Environmental Impact Assessments, talked to citizens and answered questions, and collected public feedback and perspectives to better inform project direction.

The following reports are being prepared for presentation to Council/Committees over the next few weeks:

Environmental Impact Assessments - Executive Committee - October 29, 2018

On August 28, 2018 citizens were invited to a public information session to learn more about the Environmental Impact Assessments process and the findings of the two studies. Environmental and project staff were on hand to answer questions.

The Valley Line West team is presenting environment information in accordance with (Bylaw 7188) and seeking formal approval by City Council to proceed with proposed work. (Council report to be released on or around Thursday October 25, 2018)

Stony Plain Road One-Way Options - Urban Planning Committee - October 30, 2018

On July 26, 2018, The City held a public engagement session to present a proposal to convert Stony Plain Road to a one-way, westbound operation from 149 Street to 156 Street. Citizens were invited to view possible design options and to share their feedback and perspectives.

The Valley Line West team will be seeking direction from City Council on the configuration of Stony Plain Road between 149 and 156 Street. (Council report to be released online on or around Thursday October 25, 2018)

Valley Line West / Traffic on Jasper Avenue Reconstruction - Urban Planning Committee - October 30, 2018

On July 5, 2018, Executive Committee passed a motion requesting that Administration analyse the impacts of the Jasper Avenue and West LRT construction on motor vehicle traffic and requested the exploration of mitigation measures such as traffic couplets, reversible lanes, and smart traffic signals.

The City’s Transportation Planning area will present the results of the analysis to Executive Committee (Council report to be released online on or around Thursday October 25, 2018).

124 Street Stop - City Council - November 6, 2018

On July 4, 2018, The Valley Line West team met with local businesses, property owners and residents in the area of Stony Plain Road and 124 Street to discuss the revised plan for the 124 Street Stop location.

On October 16, 2018, The Valley Line West team updated the City’s Urban Planning Committee on the placement of the 124 Street LRT Stop as part of this Council report. The recommendation was passed by Urban Planning Committee is now referred to City Council for review and approval.

Shortcutting Mitigation - City Council - November 6, 2018

City of Edmonton Network Operations is preparing a strategy to address potential shortcutting impacts through neighbourhoods adjacent to the future Valley Line West LRT expansion. (Council report to be released online on or around Thursday November 1, 2018)

Thank You for Your Support

The Valley Line West team thanks you for getting involved, attending the public events and providing your feedback. We invite you to read the Council Reports and watch the sessions in person or via livestream.

*Please note that Council Dates are subject to change. Check the City’s Council and Committee Meetings for up-to-date Council agendas.

Valley Line West LRT Stops and Stations Names Released

The Valley Line has reached another exciting milestone as the City of Edmonton’s Naming Committee announced the approved names for the 14 street-level stops and two elevated stations along the future Valley Line West LRT extension:

  • Alex Decoteau Stop
  • NorQuest Stop
  • MacEwan Arts/112 Street Stop
  • The Yards/116 Street Stop
  • Brewery/120 Street Stop
  • 124 Street
  • Glenora Stop
  • Grovenor/142 Street Stop
  • Stony Plain Road/149 Street Stop
  • Jasper Place Stop
  • Glenwood/Sherwood Stop
  • Meadowlark Stop
  • Misericordia Station
  • West Edmonton Mall Station
  • Aldergrove/Belmead Stop
  • Lewis Farms Stop

The stop names were primarily chosen based on location to assist with passenger wayfinding. The Alex Decoteau Stop pays homage to Canada’s first Indigenous police officer who joined the Edmonton Police Service in 1911. The Yards/116 Street Stop is an historic reference to the CN Rail Yards that previously operated in the area.

Valley Line West Map

102 Street to Lewis Farms

Map Legend

Design Phase Design Phase Park and Ride Park & Ride
Elevated Elevated Public Engagement Public Engagement Meeting(s)
Bridge Bridge Stops or Stations Stops or Stations
Kiss and Ride Kiss and Ride Transit Station Transit Centre

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Sustainable Urban Integration (SUI)?

With direction from the City and two years of public consultation, an extensive list of LRT Design Guidelines for Sustainable Urban Integration (SUI) was established. 

SUI looks beyond the building of tracks and trains to create neighbourhoods that are safe, attractive and connected. This involves designing livable, pedestrian-friendly environments and adding enhancements that reflect the feel and character of each of the communities along the LRT corridor.

Some examples of SUI enhancements include:

  • Building shared-use pathways, sidewalks and trails
  • Adding bike lanes that connect to the City’s existing bike lane network
  • Designing pedestrian-friendly zones around stops and stations
  • Using enhanced landscaping and streetscaping along the length of the corridor to create a more natural environment
  • Incorporating organic materials such as stone and wood wherever possible

These guidelines were incorporated into the LRT Design Guide, a document that became the foundation for specific design requirements included in the Valley Line LRT - Stage 1 Project Agreement.

Transforming Edmonton Post

Sustainable Urban Integration - Connecting Edmonton to its Routes

What is Property​ ​Acquisition and Expropriation?

City Council considered the impact on property owners when approving the route for the Valley Line LRT and ultimately selected an alignment that minimizes the need for the acquisition of private property. However, in some cases, privately-held property will need to be acquired in order for the project to move forward. Potential property needs for the Valley Line were assessed during the preliminary engineering process completed in 2013.

If a property owner and the City property agent cannot reach an agreement to purchase the property, the City may proceed with expropriation of the property as a last resort.

Why is the LRT designed to run primarily at street level, and how is it made compatible with car traffic?

The Valley Line LRT is designed to meet the overall goals of LRT expansion while fully integrating with the communities it serves. The low-floor, urban style LRT allows stops to be small, basically a raised curb and sidewalk with a shelter. Stops can be spaced closer together, making LRT accessible to more people. It costs less than elevated or subway systems.

The Valley Line LRT will run alongside traffic in designated lanes and follow the posted speed limits. The LRT will cross through an intersection during a green light and stop at a red light, just like the other vehicles on the road. The LRT may get green light priority at some intersections, but because no crossing arms will be lowered, cross-traffic won’t have to wait additional time before and after the LRT passes. As a result, increases in wait times are usually minor.

Another benefit of keeping the LRT at street level is that no overhead structures or tunnels are required. Going above or below street level creates visual and physical barriers in the community that reduce comfort and accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists moving through or within the area.

When is above or below street level considered?

There are some locations where going above or below street level are required. For instance, on Valley Line Southeast, the LRT crosses CP and CN train tracks. Due to rail safety requirements and technical difficulties with having LRT tracks and train tracks intersect, the LRT has to go above or below street level for these crossings.

At other locations, street level crossings are incompatible with the style of road. For example, going above or below street level is required when an LRT crosses over Anthony Henday Drive or any of the streets in Edmonton’s “inner ring road”; Whitemud Drive, 75 Street, Yellowhead Trail and 170 Street.

Going above or below street level is also considered where traffic volume is already causing intersection gridlock and there is no other way to provide relief.

Why not elevate or tunnel the entire LRT?

A fully elevated or underground LRT would be inconsistent with the City’s vision, and it would be very costly. This higher cost would result in a much longer time to expand the system and realize the benefits.

What would going above or below street level involve?

Going above street level would require a bridge over the intersection for the LRT vehicles to travel on. The bridge is called an elevated guideway, and consists of a single deep beam that supports the weight of the bridge, LRT vehicles, snow, rain, wind, and so on.

The elevated guideway ramps up and down for about two blocks on each side of the intersection to get to its required height. It is typically supported on large concrete piers centered below the beam, but sometimes may need to be supported on a second layer of deep beams that span across the road onto concrete columns.

Due to the close proximity of the elevated station at West Edmonton Mall going underground is not considered feasible at 178 Street. Because an LRT stop can’t be placed on a slope, going above or below street level would usually mean that LRT stops intended to be placed near the intersection would need to be either shifted further from the intersection or built above street level as well.

Building above or below street level would be a departure from the City’s vision for a sustainable, urban, integrated, low-floor LRT system designed to blend into surrounding mature communities.

An elevated crossing would be more of a visual and potentially physical barrier. Building above or below street level would involve extending the tracks above ground from the elevated West Edmonton Mall station westward to cross over 178 Street and ramp down to ground level east of 182 Street. The 182 Street LRT stop is far enough away from 178 Street that it would probably be unaffected.

How are travel time savings calculated?

Travel times are calculated using transportation modelling software to measure travel times for vehicle, LRT and traffic congestion.

If plans for Valley Line involve LRT priority is removing them an alternative to going above or below street level?

Plans call for partial priority for the LRT at some major intersections where the green signal can be extended slightly to allow the LRT to pass before it turns red.

However, the LRT may still get a red signal that will require it to stop. The assessment includes determining if a reasonable balance of intersection movements can be achieved.

Where We Are

Two open houses were held on November 15 and 16, 2017 to share refinements to the LRT preliminary design. The results of the recent assessment of LRT crossings at key intersections were also provided, including what we heard during the previous engagements.

In 2016, the Valley Line West received funding through the Government of Canada’s Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF) to review the preliminary design that was completed in 2013.

This an important step, as it will acknowledge any changes that have occurred since the original work was done.

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.

While there are no timelines for additional funding, the City hopes to be ready to initiate the procurement phase as early as 2018. Once additional funding is secured, it is anticipated it would take about 1-year to select a contractor for the Valley Line West and another 5-years to complete construction.

Valley Line West Booklet (37 MB)

Note: All images and renderings remain subject to change and are not final. Final designs will be shared publicly when complete.

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