Thank you for your continued interest and involvement in the Preliminary Design of the Valley Line LRT. Your partnership since February 2012 has helped shape the design philosophy and aesthetic for the Valley Line LRT, and has provided the LRT team with invaluable knowledge about the communities the LRT will eventually serve.
Is Public Engagement over?
The Public Engagement process that informed the Preliminary Design of the Valley Line is now complete, and a final report detailing the process and the feedback collected will be posted to the project website in late January 2014. Note that this report is a complement to the What We Heard reports already on the project website.
What will happen to all of the feedback I provided?
Currently, the public engagement team is working to ensure that all of the feedback we heard, including detailed, stakeholder-specific information, is captured and reflected in the specifications that the P3 consortium will need to adhere to in the detailed design and construction phases. In 2014, I will go on to advise on public engagement processes on other City projects through the Office of Public Engagement, so please contact the LRT Projects Hotline with your questions or comments going forward.
How can I stay updated on the Valley Line LRT project?
Two-way communication and information-sharing between the City of Edmonton and stakeholders like you will continue throughout the forthcoming Procurement, Detailed Design, Construction, and Operations phases. Stay tuned to the project website for project updates, and contact the LRT Projects Hotline for information anytime at 780.496.4874 or LRTprojects@edmonton.ca.
What's the funding status of the Valley Line?
On October 17, 2012, City Council approved a funding strategy to expand LRT from Mill Woods Town Centre in southeast Edmonton to Lewis Farms in the west end. This expansion will start with the $1.8 billion leg from Mill Woods Stop to the 102 Street Stop. This strategy commits $800 million in City funding and is contingent upon the remaining funding being obtained from the Alberta and Canada Governments.
The City applied to Public Private Partnerships (P3) Canada for part of this funding. P3 Canada is a federal government agency that assesses P3 applications and can contribute partial funding for identified projects. P3 Canada's mandate is to fund projects that offer cost-effective, viable approaches to building infrastructure. On March 14, 2013, P3 Canada awarded the Valley Line project $250 million from the P3 Canada Fund towards construction of the southeast portion of the new LRT line. For more information on P3 and the Valley Line, check out the P3 factsheet.
On December 11, 2013, while receiving an update about the status of the Valley Line project, Council voted in favour of a motion from Mayor Don Iveson that established LRT as Council’s number one priority for new spending on infrastructure. 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.
When can I ride the LRT from Mill Woods to downtown?
If the remaining funding is secured by Spring 2014, construction could begin as early as 2016 and be open to the public by 2020.
What's next for the Valley Line?
The LRT team is in the process of documenting and developing all of the data and contracts that will inform the forthcoming project phases, and the City is actively pursuing long-term funding commitments from the provincial and federal governments . The P3 process advancing is linked to funding status, and more information on the P3 process is available through the LRT Projects Hotline.
Thanks again for your partnership over the last two years. Don't hesitate to contact the LRT Projects Hotline anytime with your questions or comments - 780.496.4874 or LRTprojects@edmonton.ca.
Public Engagement Advisor
Office of the City Manager