A bit of a long thread. With Blatchford being a giant brownfield and slowly developing and the Yellowhead freeway project happening now, I believe Edmonton has a big opportunity. The plan with the Yellowhead project is to close the 121st Street access and build a new interchange at 115th Street where Northpoint Equipment is. https://www.edmonton.ca/sites/defau...ents/YHT_SATto97_Schematics_Final_Concept.pdf
With this change the VIA station is going to be isolated even further. But what if we move the train station to just west of the Blatchford Gate station. You could build a train bridge directly east of the future 115th Street interchange and a new rail line towards Blatchford Gate station. Then the land where the VIA track was (118th Avenue north) could be changed into a MUP crossing the Yellowhead and connecting to already existing MUPs south. This could be a cash land and bridge exchange with the city, CN and VIA. City gets the VIA rail line to just across the Yellowhead including the western curving bridge and in exchange a new bridge is built with new line allowing the train station to be connected to an LRT station. This accomplishes many goals. It removes the isolation of the train station and sets it up to be more visible and connected. (Good for local and tourist train users). The city gets a ready made MUP and crosses the Yellowhead. The city could build a road crossing at 120th or 121st Avenue to connect Blatchford to Prince Charles neighborhood. This most importantly will give a shorter route into Prince Charles and areas west for the future fire station that is proposed to be built on 121st Street. But more importantly connects Blatchford to an existing residential area. The current VIA station lands could be residential whereas the potential rail line would be beside the Yellowhead and parallel to the LRT line. Of note, the current VIA station is 25 years old and HVAC is likely near the end of its lifecycle if not already. Prime opportunity to make change.
And if a train station was visible and near public transit it may encourage additional and better timed rail service to Jasper for example. Different levels of government are talking about better use of infrastructure, 15 minute city, bike lanes, better passenger rail service. And really if you look at the Blatchford development map, https://blatchfordedmonton.ca/community/#neighbourhood_plan
the NE corner is the least desirable to live in with the freeway to the north and a LRT line going north south. And at the speed of the current development, this is going to take a long time to get to this portion. Moving the current rail line from the western border and effectively putting it parallel to the LRT line would make Blatchford more developable and connected to the one neighborhood (Prince Charles) directly bordering it. It makes the possibility of commuter train service to Spruce Grove and Stony Plain or even Fort Saskatchewan, and further east, north or west. This could become a northern passenger train terminus connected to Edmonton's LRT system. There is still a window of opportunity in the next 2 to 5 years that this could be done very easily. Once Blatchford starts developing in the NE it becomes much harder and more costly.
What does the forum think?