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

Construction Begins

Construction activities on the southeast leg of the Valley Line commenced in the spring of 2016. This portion of the line will open to the public at the end of 2020.

November 2016 - Present

December 2016

Valley Line construction preparation work is underway, in anticipation of major construction activities, which will begin next year. Here are some of the activities that are in progress or have recently taken place:

  • Removal of the Cloverdale Footbridge began on December 19
  • Construction began on the 102 Avenue tunnel portal in The Quarters area
  • Site preparation is underway at Davies Station and Gerry Wright Operations and Maintenance Facility (75 Street and Whitemud Drive)

TransEd Partners has recently issued a 2016 / 2017 construction schedule, as well as a lookbook of Valley Line concept renderings.

For detailed information on current and upcoming construction activities, please contact the Valley Line’s P3 partner TransEd Partners, or visit their website.

November 2016

Valley Line construction preparation work is underway, in anticipation of major construction activities which begin next year. Here are some of the activities that are in progress or have recently taken place:

  • New storm and sanitary sewers are being installed on Jasper Avenue around 95 and 96 Street. There are also additional utility relocations taking place along the alignment.
  • Construction access roads and river berms are being constructed on the north and south sides of the North Saskatchewan River, in preparation for the removal of the Cloverdale Footbridge.

    Trail closures and detours
    Louise McKinney Riverfront Park and Henrietta Muir Edwards Park
  • Streetscaping, medians and trees along 66 Street between Whitemud Drive and 28 Avenue have been removed to create detour roadways during construction. Trees have also been removed on 95 Avenue, 83 Street and 75 Street along the LRT alignment.
  • Geo-technical testing has been conducted on Connors Road, in advance of construction of retaining walls.
  • Site preparation is underway at the Gerry Wright Operations and Maintenance Facility (75 Street and Whitemud Drive).

Preparation work will continue until the end of 2016. Here is the remaining work to be completed:

  • Cranes will be installed on the river berms and the Cloverdale Footbridge will be removed
  • Construction of caisson piers for the elevated guideways at Davies Station and the 98 Ave pedestrian overpass will begin

For detailed information on current and upcoming construction activities, please contact the Valley Line’s P3 partner TransEd Partners, or visit their website.

March 2016 - October 2016

Groundbreaking Ceremony - April 22, 2016

Breaking ground for Valley Line LRT photo Valley Line LRT construction officially launched on April 22 with a groundbreaking ceremony at the future Muttart Stop. Mayor Don Iveson was joined by federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi, Alberta Minister of Transportation and Minister of Infrastructure Brian Mason, and representatives from Edmonton’s Indigenous communities , the Valley Line Citizen Working Groups and TransEd Partners to celebrate this exciting milestone.

TransEd Partners

The City formally welcomes P3 partner TransEd Partners to the Valley Line project. TransEd is responsible for building, operating and maintaining stage one of the line for the next 35 years.

TransEd Partners operates a public information booth in the Lee Pavillion, located at the Citadel Theatre.

For Valley Line traffic disruptions, please visit TransEd’s website. Construction inquiries and feedback can also be directed to info@transedlrt.com.

Finalizing Funding and Starting Procurement  

With the preliminary design in place the City focused its efforts on securing funds to proceed with the Southeast to Downtown portion of the project.

December 2013 to February 2016

102 Avenue Streetscape Update

The City has established a design guide for the 102 Avenue streetscape to be applied when the Valley Line LRT is built. The streetscape concept, on display at City hall from November 2-5, recognizes 102 Avenue’s status as a significant, multi-use corridor, and is intended to create a more welcoming environment for all users, including cyclists and pedestrians. The design guide will be part of the City’s Project Agreement with the public-private partnership (P3) contractor when the contract to complete design and build, operate, maintain and partially finance the Valley Line LRT is awarded. The City expects to select a preferred proponent later this fall.

Preparing for Future Roadway Access Restrictions

The construction of the Valley Line LRT will result in some permanent changes to the roadways that will be used for the LRT alignment. In some cases, service roads will be absorbed into main arterial roads to allow for widening. Elsewhere, two lanes of traffic in a particular direction will be reduced to one. To address concerns about the safety of some private accesses that would back out onto the LRT tracks, bylaws have been prepared for public hearing and consideration by Transportation Committee September 2 to close a number of such accesses. All affected property owners have been notified, and in all cases, alternative access is or will be available. The access closures will not be immediate, but will take effect over the next year. The City will continue to work with affected property owners to address any issues they might have.

Transportation Committee Agenda Sept 2, 2015 (Items 6.1 to 6.38)

Construction Preparations

Construction preparations for the Valley Line are underway to accommodate construction and operation of the new LRT line. Preparations include:

  • Relocating utilities (power ducts, gas lines, sewers, etc.) owned and operated by EPCOR, ATCO, Telus and the City of Edmonton.
  • Removing some City-owned buildings.
  • Removing and/or relocating trees on City property.
  • Permanently closing some public roads and accesses.
  • Permanently closing some private access while ensuring alternate access exists.

During construction, some streets will be periodically and temporarily closed or detoured.

Recruitment for Valley Line Citizen Working Groups

May 26 to June 25, 2015Milestone

Five Citizen Working Groups were established as part of the City’s commitment to ongoing citizen engagement during the procurement, detailed design and construction phases of the Valley Line LRT project between downtown and Mill Woods. 

Each group includes members assigned by community leagues, business, recreational and cultural organizations and by community members themselves in a series of public meetings held in the spring.

City Council Approves Environmental Impact Screening Assessment and Site Location Study Updates

April 14, 2015City Hall

City Council accepted Transportation Committee's recommendation and approved updates to the Environmental Impact Screening Assessment and Site Location Study. These updates included minor adjustments to the Project Area in the North Saskatchewan River Valley made in response to stakeholder concerns identified during the preliminary design process.

City Council Meeting Minutes (Item 6.19)

City Council’s Transportation Committee Recommends City Council Approve EISA and SLS Updates

March 25, 2015City Hall

The Transportation Committee made its recommendation following a non-statutory public hearing which featured presentations from LRT Design and Construction, citizens, and community groups.

Transportation Committee Meeting Minutes (Item 6.1)

The EISA and SLS Updates and Related Documents

Valley Line LRT Stage 1 Site Location Study Update

Valley Line LRT Stage 1 Environmental Impact Screening Assessment Update

EISA Update – By Section:

Executive Summary and Introduction

Project Description

Assessment Methods

North Valley Primary Construction Access

West Project Boundary Modifications at HMEP

HMEP Entrance

Retaining Wall Ground Anchors

Ski Club Infrastructure Relocation

Muttart Access Road Partial Removal

MCSB Replacement

LRMP Temporary Trail Connector

Conclusions

References

Appendix A – Alternative Analysis for Construction Access Route

Appendix B – Temporary Construction Access Road – Geotechnical and Slope Stability Assessment

Appendix C – Vegetation Data

Appendix D – Wildlife Species Potentially Found in the Study Areas

Appendix E – Special Status Wildlife Species Potentially Found in the Study Areas

Appendix F – LMRP Subsurface Utilities

List of Major Facilities

Public Engagement Report

Request for Proposals

January 7, 2015Milestone

Q&A

The City posted responses to questions about the Valley Line LRT - Stage 1 Request for Proposals (RFP) online.

Valley Line RFP Q&A

This document is the result of a process mandated by City Council:
  • The public release of parts of the RFP documents initiated a 30-day period for the receipt of written RFP-related questions by members of Council.
  • The City also used the LRT Projects Information Centre to gather public inquiries about the Valley Line RFP during this period.
  • The question period began on October 9, 2014 and ended on November 8, 2014.
  • As directed by Council, questions gathered during this period and the City's answers have been compiled into a document and posted online within 60 days of the final date for receiving questions (January 7, 2015).

The City received 98 public inquiries and questions about the Valley Line RFP from 14 different individuals and groups during the question period.

Request for Proposals

A Request for Proposals (RFP) was released to private sector teams so they could bid to design, build, operate, maintain and partially finance the Valley Line. Teams prepared designs for the Valley Line that met criteria established by the City.

Submissions for final bid will happen in fall 2015. A project agreement will be finalized with the successful team by the end of 2015 so that major construction can begin in 2016. Construction of the new line between downtown and Mill Woods is scheduled for completion in 2020.

Request For Proposal Posted Online

October 9, 2014Milestone

Parts of the RFP were posted online to ensure openness and transparency during the P3 procurement process.

Valley Line RFP

P3 Short List Selected

August 8, 2014Milestone

Five private sector teams responded to the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) released in April; three of those teams were invited to reply to a Request for Proposals (RFP) and submit a bid to design, build, operate, maintain, and partially finance the Valley Line between Mill Woods and downtown:

  • Trans Ed Partners
  • Moving YEG
  • River City Transit
LRT Backgrounder

Request for Qualifications

July 22, 2014Milestone

The following teams responded to the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the Valley Line - Stage 1:

  • Gateway Transit Partners
  • Moving YEG
  • River City Transit
  • Trans Ed Partners
  • Valley Line Partner

The RFQ consisted of the following documents:

Valley Line LRT RFQ - Stage 1

Valley Line LRT RFQ - Stage 1 - Addendum 1

Valley Line LRT RFQ - Stage 1 - Addendum 2

Valley Line LRT RFQ - Stage 1 - Addendum 3

Valley Line LRT RFQ - Stage 1 - Addendum 4

Valley Line LRT RFQ - Stage 1 - Clarification Issuance 1

Valley Line LRT RFQ - Stage 1 - Clarification Issuance 2

Valley Line LRT RFQ - Stage 1 - Clarification Issuance 3

Valley Line LRT RFQ - Stage 1 - Clarification Issuance 4

Valley Line LRT RFQ - Stage 1 - Clarification Issuance 5

Valley Line LRT RFQ - Stage 1 - Clarification Issuance 6

Valley Line LRT RFQ - Stage 1 - Clarification Issuance 7

Valley Line LRT RFQ - Stage 1 - Clarification Issuance 8

Valley Line LRT RFQ - Stage 1 - Clarification Issuance 9

Valley Line LRT RFQ - Stage 1 - Information Session Record

City Council Discussed the Public Engagement Plan

July 16, 2014City Hall

The following motions were passed by City Council relating to the Valley Line LRT public engagement plan going forward:

  1. That within 30 days following the release of the Request for Proposal for the P3 construction of the Valley Line LRT, Administration post on the City’s web page a public copy of the publicly releasable parts of the Request for Proposal.
  2. That within 30 days after the Public version of the Request for Proposal is posted on the web page, Members of Council, considering input received from the public, may provide written questions on the Request for Proposal for the P3 construction of the Valley Line LRT to the Office of the City Clerk, and
  3. That within 60 days after the final date for receiving questions, Administration
      a) post the responses to the questions on the City web page with the related publicly released Request for Proposal, and
      b) provide a report to LRT Governance Board including responses to the questions asked by Councillors and the public, and the LRT Governance Board incorporating their responses in their subsequent semi-annual report to Council.
    July 16, 2014 City Council Meeting Minutes

Final Funding Arrives for Valley Line LRT

May 26, 2014Funded

Federal MP Rona Ambrose, Provincial MLA Wayne Drysdale, and Mayor Don Iveson jointly announced that all funding for the Valley Line was in place, and the $1.8 billion project was ready to proceed to procurement.

Fact Sheet

Final Funding Arrives for Valley Line LRT. Next Stop: Procurement

City Council Approves Valley Line Funding

April 15, 2014Funded

Council approved:

  1. Revised Valley Line LRT Capital Profile.
  2. Revised Metro Line LRT (Downtown to NAIT) Capital Profile.
  3. A letter to the Province from Mayor Iveson, written on behalf of Council, requesting that the $60 million in GreenTRIP funding not required for the Metro Line be applied to offset an equivalent portion of the $200 million provincial loan for the Valley Line LRT.
  4. Administration initiating procurement of the Valley Line LRT stage 1 contract by releasing the Request for Qualification (RFQ) and subsequently the Request for Proposals (RFP).

With these motions, the Valley Line LRT project officially began the procurement phase of the project.

Council Requests more Information on P3 and Public Engagement

March 19, 2014City Hall

Council directed the project team to provide a three reports by May 7, 2014:

  1. Valley Line stage 1 LRT project detailing how the City’s and public’s interests will be protected during the P3 process.
  2. The City and P3 operations relationship and what part of the LRT line operation will remain under the City’s oversight.
  3. A public engagement plan that describes how the public will be involved in the procurement and construction phases of the Valley LRT Line.

Funding for Valley Line (Mill Woods to Downtown) Secured

March 11, 2014Funded

The provincial government announced its funding commitment to the Valley Line LRT project. With the final funding piece in place, pending Council's approval of the overall funding strategy, the Valley Line was able to proceed. Thanks to our provincial and federal partners, the Valley Line remains on schedule for construction to start in 2016 and opening to the public by the end of 2020.

The province agreed to contribute $250 million in GreenTRIP funding, $150 million in additional funding, and $200 million in a 10-year interest free loan. This joins the City's own contribution of $800 million, along with the federal government's contribution of $250 million from P3 Canada and an expected $150 million through the Building Canada Fund.

Alberta Delivers on Edmonton LRT Funding News Release

LRT Expansion Council's Top Priority

December 11, 2013City Hall

Council voted in favour of a motion that established LRT as Council’s number one priority for new infrastructure spending. Council’s discussion and vote emphasized the need for long-term funding commitments from the provincial and federal governments in order to achieve Edmonton’s goals for LRT and public transit.

Councillors noted that all necessary commitments from the City, including funding, design and planning, were in place for the Valley Line LRT project to proceed.

Funding and 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 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, 2013Milestone

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 2013Milestone

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, 2013Milestone

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.

Government of Canada Funding Announcement

March 14, 2013Funded

Government of Canada announced a $250 million investment from the P3 Canada Fund to support construction of the Southeast to West LRT Line.

Department of Finance News Release

City Council Approved Funding for P3

February 20, 2013City Hall

Additionally, Council approved $60 million in funding for P3 advisory services and the owner’s engineer for the P3 procurement phase, and for advancing utility relocations and building demolitions.

City Council Meeting Minutes (Item 8.2)

City Council Approved Concept for North Saskatchewan Bridge

February 20, 2013City Hall

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 2013Milestone

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 2012Milestone

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 2012Milestone

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

Milestone

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 

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 & 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 & 75 Street
  • The LRT will operate on a bridge from about 85 Street & Argyll Road to 75 Street & McIntyre Road

Approved Concept Plans & 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 Ave and 102A/103 Ave—and supporting reports from the public consultation. Council approved the 102 Ave 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 & 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 Ave and 102A Ave, a LRT Stop on 95 St and 102A Ave and alternate options for 102A Ave/103 Ave, including details regarding why 102A Ave 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 & 102A Ave - 95 to 97 St

Downtown LRT Revised Recommendation: 102 & 102A Ave - 95 to 97 St - 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 Ave and 102A Ave between 95 St and 97 St to discuss local concerns and opportunities, and collectively developed four LRT options.

Downtown LRT Presentation

Feedback Summary Report - 102 & 102A Ave

Downtown LRT Presentation

Feedback Summary Report - 102 & 102A Ave

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 n’ ride options and neighbourhood accesses.

Transportation & Public Works Committee Minutes (Item 6.7)

Concept Plans are Approved for Southeast and West LRT

Jan 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 & 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 & 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 St/92 Ave

Presentation

Workshop Comment Summary


163 St/87 Ave to Stony Plain Rd/142 St

Presentation

Workshop Comment Summary

Stony Plain Rd/149 St to Stony Plain Rd/124 St

Presentation

Workshop Comment Summary

Stony Plain Rd (Groat Rd Bridge) to Downtown

Presentation

Workshop Comment Summary

Downtown to 95 Ave/84 St

Presentation

Workshop Comment Summary


Connors Rd (Cloverdale Hill) to 83 St/Whyte Ave

Presentation

Workshop Comment Summary


83 St/90 Ave (Traffic Circle) to 75 St/Wagner Rd

Presentation

Workshop Comment Summary


75 St/Wagner Rd 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 

In 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.

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 & 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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