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Edmonton Valley Line LRT Project

Edmonton Valley Line LRT

City of Edmonton | Canada | 2011-2013

27 km of double track alignment

28 LRT stops

60+ new modern low-floor light-rail vehicles (LRVs)

Two park-and-ride facilities

Challenges

  • The new 27-kilometre Valley Line was envisioned to provide communities to the southeast and west with a targeted 30-minute commute to downtown Edmonton.
  • It was necessary to collaborate extensively with stakeholders and the public to plan for integration with surrounding communities.
  • Station aesthetics were chosen, public art opportunities identified, connections to existing transportation networks found, and impacts minimized where possible.

Solutions

  • The concept plan for this extension was approved in 2012.
  • The Line was split into two sections to match funding availability: Valley Line Southeast and Valley Line West.
  • The Valley Line Southeast was developed as a public-private partnership with Hatch as the technical adviser, a delivery method that offered benefits in cost savings, risk management, and infrastructure warranties.
  • The Valley Line West is currently being developed for procurement and is subject to funding.
  • The urban-style, low-floor LRT line was designed to integrate seamlessly with Edmonton's streetscape.
  • Intensive public-engagement sessions with Edmonton residents shaped the Valley Line's preliminary design and aesthetics.

Highlights

  • When the Valley Line is complete, the system is expected to move approximately 5,000 people per hour in each direction.
  • The Valley Line will help promote growth in LRT ridership, which has increased by 133 percent in the last decade.
  • The line's two park-and-ride facilities, five connections with other transit centers, and traffic-priority status will encourage residents to choose this alternative form of transportation.
  • More transit-oriented developments will be concentrated around Valley Line stops to create housing, shopping, and job opportunities within walkable and bikeable communities.

Project numbers

  • The City of Edmonton designed a 27 km extension to its light rail transit (LRT) line, known as the Valley Line.
  • The full Valley Line system moves approximately 5,000 people per hour, per direction.
  • CAD$3.6 billion was the projected cost.

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