I'm somewhat with Loken on this. Transit shouldn't just follow the growth, we should be building to entice growth where we want it; that means focusing on the existing city footprint, the inner city in particular.
City invites public input on future Centre LRT route
Edmontonians are being invited to take part in a study that will help determine a future street-level LRT route connecting Strathcona, downtown, Bonnie Doon and east Edmonton.
"The study begins dialogue about a central LRT route," the city said in a news release Wednesday ahead of the first of several planned open-house events.
Results will be used to develop a concept plan for the Centre LRT with a recommended route, the position of the tracks in the road, stop locations, and bike and pedestrian connections.
The concept plan will be presented to city council for approval before the end of 2018. There is currently no timeline for construction.
The Centre LRT line will connect with the east leg of the Valley Line LRT in the Bonnie Doon area, which is now under construction, and to the future west leg of the Valley Line in the downtown area.
Like the Valley Line, the Centre LRT will be a low-floor, urban-style system operating at slower speeds and with stops at sidewalk level.
Public engagement activities will continue into the fall and next year.
City invites public to weigh in on future Edmonton central LRT line
Edmontonians will soon have their say on plans for a proposed LRT route that would run from Strathcona and Bonnie Doon through downtown to the city’s east side.
On Wednesday, the city announced new dates for public consultation.
At issue is whether the proposed street level LRT would run on the road, where it would stop and how it would connect with and bike and pedestrian networks, according to a news release.
“The views of Edmontonians are extremely important during this phase of the study as we investigate potential options for this future LRT route,” said Satya Gadidasu, the project manager of the plan, in the release.
“Understanding what’s important to people when planning LRT, and where they want to go and where they are coming from will help us create a route that works well for Edmontonians.”
Public consultations underway for Edmonton LRT expansion
The City of Edmonton is asking for input from residents on future LRT expansion to the east end.
Edmontonians are being encouraged to participate in a study to determine a new street-level central LRT route from Strathcona, through downtown and Bonnie Doon, to the east end.
The city said the public consultations will be part of the concept plan on a route, position of the LRT tracks on roads, stop locations and bike and pedestrian connections.
The concept plan is scheduled to be presented to city council for approval before the end of 2018, but there is no timeline for construction of the central LRT route.
The first of four phases of public consultations is currently underway. There are two events left this month: Thursday at city hall and Saturday at the St. Anthony District Archives and Meeting Centre.
The other phases will happen in the fall and next year.
Does Whyte Avenue or 76 Avenue make more sense for southern LRT corridor?
Edmontonians have a look at the Valley Line LRT design.
Vinesh Pratap, Global News
Edmonton planners have landed on Whyte Avenue as the southern corridor for a central circulator LRT system, although the final plan isn’t set in stone yet.
“I’m pretty certain it’s not 76 Ave. I’m presuming it means it’s Whyte,” Councillor Ben Henderson said after a briefing. “That’s where the ridership is.”
Those two options for the southern leg have been talked about for months. Plans for the central circulator were to be made public later this month, however they’ve been delayed Henderson said.
“The next question is how? That’s the real complicated question.”
Deputy city manager Adam Laughlin confirmed a public open house is on hold for the time being.
“As much as we’d love to come out and say, ‘here it is, and here’s where it will go,’ it’s just we don’t have clear pieces that are on the north-south portions that will get you into the downtown,” he said.
Whyte Avenue preferred route for Centre LRT: City administration
Whyte Avenue, spanning from Bonnie Doon to the University of Alberta, is one of the busiest stretches of road in Edmonton and now there’s talk of putting an LRT there.
The Centre LRT is being touted as a way to connect the south side of the river from east to west. It would specifically connect downtown, the University of Alberta, Old Strathcona and Bonnie Doon. The city says the line would be a low-floor LRT, meaning stops would be located at street-level, operate at posted speeds and use traffic signals; this is the same type of style being used for the Valley Line LRT.
The route is being studied but city administration has already identified what it believes to be the most sensible route going east to west.
“Administration is confident the preferred east/west connection of the route will be located on Whyte Avenue and not 76 Avenue,” reads a pamphlet distributed to residents who live along Whyte Avenue.
Councillor Ben Henderson, whose ward’s south edge is along Whyte Avenue, said that route makes the most sense.
“I’m not sure there is another connection that would work,” he said.
“It’s certainly where the businesses [are], where the most need and demand is for transit. It’s the natural straight route to get from Bonnie Doon through to the hospital.”
The city explored 76 Avenue but Henderson said that would have been very disruptive to those neighbourhoods.
He dispels concerns over traffic and the long wait times that have plagued other LRT lines in the city, adding there is the possibility for the line to run underground or above ground at intersections.