The Government of Alberta in Canada will invest C$1bn ($762m) in Edmonton’s Valley Line West expansion project and C$131m in the of the C$328m Metro Line expansion project, which will provide affordable public transit options for Albertans in the capital region.
The Alberta government’s investment accounts for 40% of the C$2.6bn Valley Line West LRT expansion cost.
The expansion of the route will provide quicker transportation facility to 60,000 Edmontonians every day between downtown and Lewis Estates. The province will also invest in the Metro Line expansion from NAIT to the new Blatchford community.
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said: “The Valley Line West project is about connecting Albertans from across this region to work, recreation, school and home.
“As with our support for the Southeast Valley Line LRT, this latest grant will also create much-needed local jobs, support the quality of life in the City of Edmonton and help to protect our environment now and in the future.”
Revenue from the Climate Leadership Plan, including the carbon levy, will be reinvested to improve Alberta’s economy, and support will be provided for green infrastructure projects such as transit.
The Valley Line West project is expected to support 20,000 direct and indirect jobs in Alberta during construction and an additional 5,300 jobs in the rest of Canada, during construction, operations and maintenance phases.
Expected to be completed in 2026, the route will run from Mill Woods through downtown to the west end, with connections to LRT and bus routes covering the city. The 14 stops include West Edmonton Mall, the Misericordia Hospital and the Brewery District.
The Metro Line expansion is expected to support 17,000 direct and indirect jobs in Alberta and an additional 1,600 jobs in the rest of Canada.
Minister of Transportation Brian Mason said: “The Valley Line West LRT is a priority for the city and for our government because it will provide an extended, affordable, accessible and environmentally sustainable transportation option in Edmonton.
“This funding supports our government’s commitment to invest in today’s public transportation to meet the needs of our growing population.”
The Government of Alberta said it will continue working with the City of Edmonton as plans and finances for the city’s full LRT expansion are developed.
Image: Mayor Iveson, Minister Mason, Wade Coombs and Premier Notley celebrate the Alberta government investing $1bn in the Valley Line West LRT expansion. Photo: Courtesy of Government of Alberta.