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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).
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 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."

 

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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 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."


Have there been any concrete commuter rail plans created, so to speak? Studies? Timelines? Tech discussions? Are we talking DMU's? EMU's? So curious... I fully support any type of Airport Express rail link from Grandin station ideally to YEG. I was reading through their master plan and saw that they plan on any future HSR/inter-model station to be built by the Fairfield Suites, South of Airport Road and west of The Outlets. It also outlines 4-5 potential LRT station sites within "Airport City" including a station at the terminal, one at the HSR site as described, one by Century Mile and a potential one near the Petro-Canada/Aurora... I hope we see this happen sooner rather than later especially if the city is really pushing for more industrial/logistical action on their property. That could be a lot of jobs on one busy site...
 

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Project Update - April 2022​

  • Construction for the rehabilitation section of the project, University Avenue to 80 Avenue, is expected to begin in early August
  • The reconstruction of 80 Avenue to 82 Avenue (Whyte Avenue) is scheduled to begin in 2023
Preliminary design (80-82 Ave)
Concept design (78-80 Ave)
 

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