Edmonton secures $1.5bn funding for light rail project extensions
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Edmonton secures $1.5bn funding for light-rail project extensions

13 Mar 2019

Canada's Alberta province capital city Edmonton has secured more than C$2bn ($1.5bn) in government funding to build two light-rail transit (LRT) extensions.

Edmonton secures $1.5bn funding for light-rail project extensions
An Edmonton Transit System’s (ETS) light-rail vehicle at South Campus Station. Credit: Jakub Limanowka.

Canada’s Alberta province capital city Edmonton has secured more than C$2bn ($1.5bn) in government funding to build two light-rail transit (LRT) extensions.

The federal government has committed to provide more than C$1bn ($750m) for both extension projects.

To be provided through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan, the funding includes C$948m ($709.6m) for the Valley Line West LRT and around $127m ($95.06m) for the Metro Line Northwest LRT.

Additionally, the Government of Alberta will contribute around C$1.17bn ($880m) for both projects through the Climate Leadership Plan. It includes C$1.04bn ($780m) for Valley Line West LRT and around C$131m ($98m) to build the first phase of the Metro Line Northwest LRT.

“These projects are a major step in growing our LRT network, creating another transportation option for thousands of Edmontonians.”

The funding will enable Edmonton city to advance with the plan to extend the two metro lines. It is expected to finalise municipal funding requirements for the two projects and submit it to City Council for deliberation.

Edmonton city manager Linda Cochrane said: “Today’s funding commitments will allow the city to move forward with our plans to bring light-rail transit to west and north-west Edmonton.

“These projects are a major step in growing our LRT network, creating another transportation option for thousands of Edmontonians and providing better connections to where people live, work and play.”

As per the plan, the Valley Line will be extended by 14km from downtown towards Lewis Farms in west Edmonton, while the Metro Line will involve the construction of 1.5km of track between NAIT and Blatchford.

Contractors for both projects are expected to be selected within a year. Construction works may begin as early as 2020.

The Valley Line West LRT project construction works are estimated to take around five to six years to complete, while the Metro Line Northwest LRT extension will be completed in four years.