City Proposes Southeast and West LRT Routes

LRT

September 03, 2009

Council public hearing November 9, 2009

Following extensive public consultation and technical analysis, the City of Edmonton has arrived at recommended routes for West and Southeast LRT.

“Ultimately Council has the final decision, but we feel these individual routes offer the greatest long-term benefit to citizens right across the LRT network,” said Bob Boutilier, General Manager, Transportation. “These routes are also the most responsive to LRT route evaluation criteria set by Council, as well as the long-term LRT Network Plan.”

Proposed:

  • The West LRT corridor goes from Lewis Estates east along 87 Avenue, then north on 156 Street. It connects to downtown via Stony Plain Road and 104 Avenue, providing a surface (street level) connection to Grant MacEwan College.
  • The Southeast LRT corridor travels north from Mill Woods Town Centre on 66 Street, continuing north on 75 Street. It then uses Wagner Road to extend either over or under the CP Rail line to 83 Street. From there, it proceeds along 83/85 Street north to 95 Avenue, then along 95 Avenue to Connors Road with the route crossing the North Saskatchewan River, either replacing the Cloverdale footbridge or adjacent to it, and east into downtown to connect to the proposed Quarters development, providing a surface (street level) connection to Churchill LRT station, ultimately connecting to Grant MacEwan College.

A study to define future surface connections downtown between the West and Southeast LRT lines is expected to be complete in the summer of 2010. This study will review major activity centres and how those areas are best served by transit and LRT routes, in keeping with Edmonton’s Downtown Plan.

There are seven stations initially planned for the West LRT route, and six for Southeast LRT. Travel time from Mill Woods to Downtown will be 20-25 minutes. Travel time from Lewis Estates to Downtown will be 20-25 minutes.

The estimated cost for each of the recommended Southeast and West LRT corridors is $900 million to $1.2 billion (2009 dollars). The short-medium term ridership for each line will be an estimated 45,000 riders per day by 2040.

These LRT route recommendations will be reviewed by City Council at a public hearing in November 2009. Prior to that, the City of Edmonton is holding a series of public information sessions where interested citizens can learn more: Sept 21 and 23 (Southeast LRT) and September 29 and 30 (West LRT) at designated locations.

“Defining new LRT corridors this year will help the City plan and develop the infrastructure it needs to serve increased demand for public transit in future,” added Boutilier. “New LRT routes will connect more people and places in Edmonton, offering better access, more convenience and greater ridership.”

In October 2008, the City of Edmonton initiated a study to re-evaluate potential West LRT routes in response to an overall shift in the City’s strategic planning direction, moving from the historical objective of minimizing travel time towards a combination of travel time and shaping land use.

No funding is currently in place to build either of these LRT routes. Given the significant cost of implementation, funding will need to be secured from other levels of government.

For more information:

Bob Boutilier

Title General Manager, Transportation
Telephone

780-496-2808

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