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LRT Expansion Planning

Pro.N

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Ellerslie is massive and has a large student population aging towards university. This line should help serve that and relieve a greater proportion of traffic than the north extension would.

I understand the frustration though for north side residents. Different parts of our city have received greater attention at different times. The last 2 decades have been the SE, SW and West it seems with major new developments, rec centers, more new schools, and the valley line.

Core neighbourhoods are starting to get more attention though. Strathcona and downtown have got a good amount of projects recently and I suspect the next "ring" of central neighbourhoods will get more attention this decade vs Ellerslie, Lewis estates, Riverbend.

Do you all think the St Albert piece plays into things at all either? Would them amalgamating help the use case? Not sure building an LRT out to their border makes sense, depending on funding, if they aren't contributing at a city level.

As a biased NW resident, I'm going to counter this lol.

Ward 2/3 + St. Albert encompasses 200K+ people. LRT and better transit options to the North West should have been prioritized 5-10 years ago. I feel like the growth North of 167 Avenue from 50th street to 142 street, mirrors that of the SW, the City just doesn't care about the North (insert Game of Thrones related North neglect content here). Poor transit decisions have literally turned dense neighbourhoods in the North West into more car centric developments.

An important factor that gets glossed over is that the NW already has an existing student/working age population! Ellerslie already has direct 10-15min transit connections to Century Park!

There has been little to no major public transportation infrastructure upgrades in the last 20-30 years, aside from 3 new Transit Centre buildings and the Bus Network Redesign. Even with the Bus Network Redesign, the new routes to downtown or the nearest LRT station still takes 30-40 min during peak times. You gotta factor in 30-40min extra just to get to a place from where you can get to where you actually want to go.

This isn't frustration at this point, this is apathy towards a system that doesn't even factor in the North in their planning decisions. I think the Metro Line extension video itself was probably the most exciting LRT development that the NW has seen in years lol.
 

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At this point, I'm just hoping the line makes it to Campbell Road before I hit retirement age, and my wife and I can live with one car from that point on.
No kidding, I don't get why they split the expansion into two parts (excluding Blatchford). I wish they'd just bite the bullet and take it all the way to Campbell Road at once. I mean, thr Valley Lines Southeast and West are each larger than the extension to campbell road, and now work is happening on both of them at the same time. So why not just do the entire Metro Line extension while we're already doing part of it?
 

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As mentioned before, CN Rail is holding things up with the Walker Yard overpass
If you're responding to me, I did make that distinction in my comment. I just don't get why they don't combine phases two and three pf thr extension, so that once they're going over Walker Yard, they continue all the way to Campbell Road.
 

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I wonder what the hold-up is with CN Rail. Could it be the bridge structure? Trains? Cargo size? Workers being able to come and go? Construction activities on the bridge? Pedestrians/bike paths on the bridge? Timelines?
 

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If you're responding to me, I did make that distinction in my comment. I just don't get why they don't combine phases two and three pf thr extension, so that once they're going over Walker Yard, they continue all the way to Campbell Road.
The same reason that the South extension was split into Heritage Valley and 41 Ave SW perhaps?
 

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