The City of Edmonton in Alberta, Canada, has secured funding commitment from the federal and provincial governments for the construction of two new light rail transit (LRT) extensions.
Minister of Infrastructure and Communities François-Philippe Champagne, Edmonton-Meadowlark Member of the Legislative Assembly Jon Carson and Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson announced a combined investment of more than C$2bn in the Valley Line West and the Metro Line Northwest LRT projects.
Iveson said: “Edmonton is one of Canada’s fastest growing cities, and we are planning and building our city with this growth in mind.
“We are undertaking the most ambitious expansion of our LRT network in our history so we can grow smart and sustainably, and keep more than a million people moving.”
The Government of Canada is providing more than C$1bn for both projects through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan, including C$948m for the Valley Line West LRT and C$127m for the Metro Line Northwest LRT.
The Government of Alberta has reaffirmed its commitment of C$1.17bn towards both projects through the Climate Leadership Plan, including C$1.04bn for the Valley Line West LRT and C$131m for the first phase of the Metro Line Northwest LRT.
With federal and provincial funding in place, the City will now finalise its municipal funding requirements for both projects and submit them to the City Council for consideration.
The city will also be in a position to go ahead with procuring the contractors that will extend the Valley Line by 14km from downtown to Lewis Farms in west Edmonton, and the Metro Line by 1.5km from NAIT into Blatchford.
Selection of a contractor for the Valley Line West LRT project is expected to take about one year, and another five to six years to complete construction.
The completion of design and selection of a contractor for the Metro Line Northwest LRT extension into Blatchford is expected to take around one year, and another four years to complete construction and commissioning.
Construction on both projects is expected to begin as early as 2020.
Image: Metro Line approaching downtown Edmonton. Photo: Courtesy of Thankyoubaby / Wikimedia Commons.