This article is a bit dated now, but if it's still accurate and the newly passed city plan is similar to the draft which was referenced, then we likely won't see an LRT line going down Whyte Ave.The city is planning to make a commuter rail line along this same corridor (going to the airport), which would be bookended by 2 southern LRT lines, so I think the south side would be pretty set for commuting into downtown for the time being . I like your idea for the CP rail yard tho, and they probably are gonna make a commuter rail station at Whyte Ave (if it happens).
"The plan is undecided on what future transit technology will connect each centre. But for Whyte Avenue, it eliminated the planned LRT. The transit analysis showed a better bus system, with priority over private vehicles, could achieve 90 per cent of LRT benefits with less cost and disruption. Other bus-rapid transit or similar technologies are proposed for 23rd Avenue, Terwillegar Drive, 153 Avenue and other cross-town routes. Planners say a transit bridge at 87 Avenue over the North Saskatchewan River will eventually be needed to connect the centres at West Edmonton Mall and the University of Alberta directly. Rail or other rapid transit will be needed on the CP Rail right-of-way from Old Strathcona to the Edmonton International Airport, to relieve overcrowding on the Capital Line."
Scratch LRT here, build a bus bridge there — Edmonton’s next development plan will be hyper-focused on public transit as it hones in on a series of connected…