Valley Line (Edmonton)


The Valley Line is a future 27 km 17 mi, low-floor urban light rail line in Edmonton, Alberta currently under construction234 It will be part of the Edmonton LRT It will run southeast to west from Mill Woods to Lewis Farms, crossing through downtown The line will be constructed in phases, with phase 1 being the 131 km 81 mi, 12-station portion between Mill Woods and 102 Street Downtown allowing passengers to connect with the Capital Line and Metro Line at Churchill station Construction began on April 22, 2016 with completion of phase 1 set for 2020567 Upon completion of the entire line, the Valley Line is expected to serve more than 100,000 commuters daily8

Unlike the other trains in the system, the Valley line will operate low-floor Bombardier Flexity Freedom trains, which were first designed for Toronto's Eglinton Crosstown line9

Contents

  • 1 Mill Woods to Downtown
  • 2 Downtown to Lewis Farms
  • 3 Stations
    • 31 Under Construction
    • 32 Approved
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Mill Woods to Downtownedit

Planning studies for an LRT route from downtown to Mill Woods began in early 200910 In December 2009, Edmonton city council approved a new low-floor train route that would leave a new ground-level station at Churchill Square on 102 Avenue between 100 and 99 Streets before stopping in The Quarters redevelopment on 102 Avenue between 97 Street and 96 Street From here the route enters a tunnel and travels beneath 95 Street descending into the river valley to cross the North Saskatchewan River on the new Tawatinâ Bridge,11 which will be constructed east of Louise McKinney Park The route then proceeds to climb the hill adjacent to Connors Road then proceed east along 95 Avenue and southbound at 85 Street The route will travel southbound along 85 Street crossing the traffic circle and shifting to 83 Street, continuing south and east towards Wagner Road Finally the line will proceed south along 75/66 Street until it reaches Mill Woods Town Centre Within this line the proposed stops are: Quarters, Muttart, Strathearn, Holyrood, Bonnie Doon, Avonmore, Davies to include a bus terminal and park & ride,12 Millbourne/Woodvale, Grey Nuns, and Mill Woods Town Centre The maintenance and storage of vehicles for the line will be at the new Gerry Wright Operations and Maintenance Facility, at Whitemud Drive and 75 Street13

On June 1, 2011, Edmonton City Council approved $39 million in funding to proceed with preliminary engineering for the Valley Line10 In November 2011 City Council voted to allocate $800 million to the project, with the hopes of starting construction by 2014 and an expected completion date of 201814 A funding plan was approved in October 2012 in which the city would contribute $800 million into the project with the remaining $1 billion coming from the provincial and federal governments15

On February 15, 2012, city council approved the Downtown LRT concept plan The Downtown LRT Project became part of the Southeast to West LRT project16 The city hoped to have money in place by the end of 2013 for the $18-billion LRT line from downtown to Mill Woods to start construction in 2016 City council committed $800 million, the federal government invested $250 million, and $235 million would come from the provincial government, leaving a $515 million funding gap delaying the project17 On March 11, 2014, it was announced that the project would be completely funded1819 with an additional $150 million from the federal government and $365 million from the provincial government2021

Land procurement began in 201122 and utility relocation began in 2013,23242526 completion of the first stage is expected in 20202728 The official groundbreaking of the new LRT Valley Line occurred on 22 April 20162930

Downtown to Lewis Farmsedit

A planned expansion to Lewis Farms, with the West Edmonton Mall en route, is in the engineering phase as part of the 27-kilometre Valley Line

The option approved by Council in 2010 was to have the west LRT extension run from downtown, along 104 Avenue and Stony Plain Road before diverting south on 156 Street towards Meadowlark Health And Shopping Centre, then along an 87 Avenue alignment to West Edmonton Mall and beyond Proponents of this route cited opportunities for transit-oriented development3132

Stationsedit

Under Constructionedit

Stop Grade-level Transfer Area Scheduled opening Location33
102 Street stop Surface Downtown 000000002020-01-01-00002020 53°32′35″N 113°29′41″W / 5354306°N 11349472°W / 5354306; -11349472 102 Street stop
Churchill station Surface Capital Line
Metro Line
Downtown 000000002020-01-01-00002020 53°32′36″N 113°29′23″W / 5354333°N 11348972°W / 5354333; -11348972 Churchill station
Quarters stop Surface Downtown 000000002020-01-01-00002020 53°32′40″N 113°29′1″W / 5354444°N 11348361°W / 5354444; -11348361 Quarters stop
Muttart stop Surface Southeast 000000002020-01-01-00002020 53°32′11″N 113°28′46″W / 5353639°N 11347944°W / 5353639; -11347944 Muttart stop
Strathearn stop Surface Southeast 000000002020-01-01-00002020 53°31′54″N 113°27′46″W / 5353167°N 11346278°W / 5353167; -11346278 Strathearn stop
Holyrood stop Surface Southeast 000000002020-01-01-00002020 53°31′40″N 113°27′27″W / 5352778°N 11345750°W / 5352778; -11345750 Holyrood stop
Bonnie Doon stop Surface Southeast 000000002020-01-01-00002020 53°31′10″N 113°27′20″W / 5351944°N 11345556°W / 5351944; -11345556 Bonnie Doon stop
Avonmore stop Surface Southeast 000000002020-01-01-00002020 53°30′34″N 113°27′18″W / 5350944°N 11345500°W / 5350944; -11345500 Avonmore stop
Davies station Elevated Southeast 000000002020-01-01-00002020 53°30′0″N 113°26′39″W / 5350000°N 11344417°W / 5350000; -11344417 Davies station
Millbourne/Woodvale stop Surface Southeast 000000002020-01-01-00002020 53°28′30″N 113°26′20″W / 5347500°N 11343889°W / 5347500; -11343889 Millbourne stop
Grey Nuns stop Surface Southeast 000000002020-01-01-00002020 53°27′46″N 113°26′4″W / 5346278°N 11343444°W / 5346278; -11343444 Grey Nuns stop
Mill Woods station Surface Southeast 000000002020-01-01-00002020 53°27′30″N 113°25′50″W / 5345833°N 11343056°W / 5345833; -11343056 Mill Woods station

Approvededit

Referencesedit

  1. ^ https://wwwedmontonca/city_government/documents/PDF/GerryWrightOfficialPkgpdf
  2. ^ Elise Stolte 2015-11-25 "Consortium, including Bombardier, to build Edmonton's $18-billion Valley Line LRT" Edmonton Journal The $18-billion line will be built and run by TransEd Partners, a partnership that includes well-known names Bombardier and EllisDon 
  3. ^ "Bechtel Team Awarded Edmonton Valley Line Light Rail Project in Canada" Railly News 2016-02-12 The multi-phased, 27-kilometer urban route will ultimately create 25 new stops and 3 stations for an estimated 100,000 daily commuters The line will run southeast to west from Mill Woods to Lewis Farms, crossing through Edmonton’s downtown core The first phase of the Valley Line is the 131-km portion with 11 stops and one two-storey station, which will run between Mill Woods and 102 Street, connecting commuters with the Capital Line and Metro Line at Churchill Station Construction is due to start later this year 
  4. ^ "Project History" Edmonton City of Edmonton Retrieved 19 April 2016 
  5. ^ http://wwwedmontonca/ets/transit_projects/southeast-to-west-lrt-mill-woods-to-lewis-farmsaspx
  6. ^ "Valley Line SE to West LRT: Mill Woods to Lewis Farms" Edmonton Transit System 2015 Retrieved 2015-06-16 
  7. ^ "Valley Line LRT Animation" City of Edmonton 2013-12-03 Retrieved 2015-06-16 
  8. ^ http://wwwellisdoncom/project/edmonton-valley-line-lrt-stage-1/
  9. ^ "Bombardier Wins Order to Supply Light Rail Transit System for City of Edmonton’s Valley Line in Canada" Bombardier Transportation Retrieved 12 February 2016 
  10. ^ a b "Southeast LRT Project History" City of Edmonton Retrieved May 26, 2012 
  11. ^ "Southeast LRT Valley Line Names Approved" City of Edmonton Naming Committee Retrieved November 14, 2013 
  12. ^ "Southeast to West LRT - Approved Concept Plan Amendment" PDF City of Edmonton Retrieved November 19, 2012 
  13. ^ "Operations and Maintenance Facility" PDF City of Edmonton Retrieved August 28, 2014 
  14. ^ "City fast-tracks LRT expansion with push for $800 million" Edmonton Journal Postmedia Network Retrieved November 19, 2012 
  15. ^ Kent, Gordon October 17, 2012 "Council approves P3 funding plan for southeast LRT line" Edmonton Journal Postmedia Network Archived from the original on February 3, 2013 Retrieved November 19, 2012 
  16. ^ "Southeast to West LRT: Mill Woods to Lewis Farms" City of Edmonton Retrieved May 27, 2012 
  17. ^ Dykstra, Matt November 13, 2013 "Federal government projects a $37 billion budget surplus which could help Edmonton LRT line" Edmonton Sun Retrieved November 14, 2013 
  18. ^ Tumilty, Ryan March 11, 2014 "Southeast LRT funding includes $200 million interest-free provincial loan" Metro News Retrieved March 12, 2014 
  19. ^ Kent, Gordon March 11, 2014 "Southeast LRT on track after province promises to fill $600 million funding gap with video" Edmonton Journal Archived from the original on 2014-04-18 Retrieved March 12, 2014 
  20. ^ Simons, Paula May 26, 2014 "Cash for Valley Line is fine, but transit funding must be consistent" Edmonton Journal Archived from the original on 2014-06-20 Retrieved May 27, 2014 
  21. ^ Dykstra, Matthew May 26, 2014 "Edmonton gets a final piece of funding for southeast portio of Valley LRT line" Edmonton Sun Retrieved May 27, 2014 
  22. ^ "SIRE Public Access" sirepubedmontonca Retrieved 2016-06-02 
  23. ^ Edmonton, City of 2016-06-02 "Project History :: City of Edmonton" wwwedmontonca Retrieved 2016-06-02 
  24. ^ "Fact Sheet; Valley Line SE to WEST LRT; May 2014" PDF City of Edmonton May 30, 2014 Retrieved August 28, 2014 
  25. ^ "Connors Road Construction" EPCOR Retrieved July 24, 2014 
  26. ^ "2014 Construction on your streets" City of Edmonton Retrieved July 25, 2014 
  27. ^ "City of Edmonton Valley Line Stage 1 – Light Rail Transit LRT Project Environmental Impact Screening Assessment Update" PDF Edmonton City of Edmonton Retrieved 1 May 2016 
  28. ^ "Valley Line SE to West LRT" PDF City of Edmonton September 2013 Retrieved August 28, 2014 
  29. ^ Bartko, Karen 12 April 2016 "Valley Line LRT construction to start April 22, says new website" Corus Entertainment Inc Global News Edmonton Retrieved 1 May 2016 
  30. ^ "Valley Line SE to West LRT: Mill Woods to Lewis Farms" Edmonton City of Edmonton Retrieved 1 May 2016 
  31. ^ Kent, Gordon September 3, 2009 "Edmonton unveils west and south LRT plans" Archived from the original on November 7, 2009 Retrieved December 2, 2011 
  32. ^ "City Proposes Southeast and West LRT Routes" September 3, 2009 Archived from the original on June 16, 2011 Retrieved December 2, 2011 
  33. ^ a b "Valley Line LRT Maps" City of Edmonton Retrieved July 9, 2017 

External linksedit

  • Valley Line LRT Animation on YouTube published by the City of Edmonton An animated tour of the proposed Valley Line


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