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Construction activities on the southeast part of the Valley Line started in spring 2016. The Valley Line Southeast is expected to open in 2021.

About the Project

Build Phase

The Valley Line Southeast will run 13 km from Downtown to Mill Woods, and will feature:

  • 11 street-level stops
  • An elevated station with a 1,300-spot Park and Ride facility and a full transit centre located in the Wagner industrial area
  • The new Tawatinâ Bridge across North Saskatchewan River
  • A short tunnel from the north face of the River Valley through to the Quarters redevelopment
  • An interchange point at Churchill Square to access the existing Metro and Capital LRT lines

This project has a capital cost of $1.8 billion, and is being delivered as a public-private partnership (P3).

Current & Upcoming Construction

TransEd Partners

Stay Informed During LRT Construction

When to Contact the City of Edmonton

Careful consideration went into the planning of the Valley Line. But it’s only one part of a larger vision. The City of Edmonton handles feedback regarding:

  • Project history and decisions
  • Route selection
  • City Council decisions about the line
  • Public-Private Partnership (P3) questions
  • Future LRT lines, including Valley Line - Stage 2 (West)
  • The City’s vision for LRT

When to Contact TransEd Partners

Construction of the Valley Line is now underway — find out more about what ’s happening in your area. TransEd Partners handles feedback regarding:

  • Construction impacts and timelines
  • Work in the River Valley
  • Stops and station locations
  • Features of the Valley Line (structures, vehicles, low-floor LRT)
  • Opportunities for employment, sub-contractors and suppliers

Valley Line Construction Damage Claim Process

TransEd Partners makes every effort to minimize construction impacts on affected properties and communities.

In the unlikely event that distress or damage occurs to your property as a result of work related to Valley Line construction, please visit TransEd Partners' website for information about their construction damage claims process.

Valley Line Southeast Booklet (13.1 MB)

In-depth look at planning and history of the Valley Line Southeast project, plus southeast portion route maps, August 2016.

Valley Line LRT Design Guide

Well-designed LRT corridors promote safety and walkability in communities and help develop attractive spaces for people to live, work and interact in.

Downtown to Mill Woods

Map Legend

Build Phase Build Phase Stops or Stations Stops or Stations
Below Ground Below Ground Temporary Stop or Station Temporary Stop or Station
Elevated Elevated Transit Station Transit Centre
Bridge  Bridge Tunnel Tunnel
Park and Ride Park & Ride    

Project Details

There are a lot of things to consider when building an LRT line. As projects progress details like design, agreements, impacts and reporting become defined. 

LRT Design

Sustainable Urban Integration (SUI)

A major priority of the Valley Line project is to design a transit system that both meets the overall goal of LRT expansion and fully integrates into the communities it serves. Through direction from the City and two years of public consultation, an extensive list of design guidelines that emphasize Sustainable Urban Integration (SUI) was established.

SUI looks beyond the building of tracks and trains to create neighbourhoods that are safe, attractive and connected. This involves designing livable, pedestrian-friendly environments and adding enhancements that reflect the feel and character of each of the communities along the LRT corridor.  
Some examples of SUI enhancements include:

  • Building shared-use pathways, sidewalks and trails
  • Adding bike lanes that connect to the City’s existing bike lane network
  • Designing pedestrian-friendly zones around stops and stations
  • Using enhanced landscaping and streetscaping along the length of the corridor to create a more natural environment
  • Incorporating organic materials such as stone and wood wherever possible

Community members had direct involvement in determining how the LRT would visually fit into their neighbourhood. They were able to weigh in on designs for certain elements such as structures, buildings and landscaping railings, columns and paved surfaces to reflect the distinct nature and character of each area or “Character Zone” along the alignment.

These guidelines were incorporated into the Valley Line LRT Design Guide, a document that became the foundation for specific design requirements included in the Valley Line LRT - Stage 1 Project Agreement.

Developed specifically for Edmonton’s Valley Line, SUI terminology and framework is starting to be adopted as best industry practice for new LRT projects across the country. This is another example of Edmonton leading the way in innovative LRT design and construction principles.

Valley Line LRT Design Guide

Environmental Impact Screening Assessment

April 14, 2015 - City Council Approves Environmental Impact Screening Assessment and Site Location Study Updates

City Council has accepted the recommendation of the Transportation Committee and approved updates to the Environmental Impact Screening Assessment and Site Location Study. These updates include minor adjustments to the Project Area in the North Saskatchewan River Valley made in response to stakeholder concerns identified during the preliminary design process. The Transportation Committee made its recommendation on March 25, following a non-statutory public hearing which featured presentations from LRT Design and Construction, citizens, and community groups.

Environmental Impact Screening Assessment

The City is making slight adjustments to plans for the Valley Line LRT in the river valley in response to stakeholder concerns identified during the preliminary design process. As required by Bylaw 7188 (the North Saskatchewan Area Redevelopment Plan), the Environmental Impact Screening Assessment and Site Location Study accepted by City Council in September 2013 are being updated to reflect these changes. Among other things, these adjustments are intended to:

  • Better accommodate Edmonton Ski Club and Muttart Conservatory operations
  • Help minimize construction traffic on Cameron Avenue
  • Provide better connectivity for trail users during construction

Open House Displays (10 MB)

Valley Line LRT Environmental Impact Assessment Finalized

As outlined in the North Saskatchewan River Valley Area Redevelopment Plan (City of Edmonton Bylaw 7188), Stage 1 of the Valley Line LRT has performed a comprehensive Environmental Impact Screening Assessment (EISA) of affected sites. This assessment details potential impacts, areas of concern and mitigation measures for River Valley sites affected by Valley Line LRT construction and operation. The assessment has now been completed and is available here, along with the accompanying Site Location Study (SLS).

Valley Line LRT Stage 1 Environmental Impact Screening Assessment (40 MB)

EIA - By Section:

Valley Line LRT Stage 1 Site Location Study (8 MB)

Project Agreement

Project Agreement

Schedule 1 - Definitions and Interpretation

Schedule 2 - Submittal Review Procedure

Schedule 3 - Construction Schedule

Schedule 4 - Design and Construction Protocols

Schedule 5 - Part 1 - General

Schedule 5 - Part 1 - Appendix 5-1A Project Description Drawings

Schedule 5 - Part 2 - Sustainable Urban Integration 

Schedule 5 - Part 2 - Appendix 5-2A 102 Avenue Streetscape Drawings

Schedule 5 - Part 3 - Civil 

Schedule 5 - Part 3 - Appendix 5-3A Access and Road Closures Plan 

Schedule 5 - Part 3 - Appendix 5-3B 102 Avenue Drawing 1

Schedule 5 - Part 3 - Appendix 5-3B 102 Avenue Drawing 2

Schedule 5 - Part 4 - Transportation and Building Structures

Schedule 5 - Part 5 - Facilities 

Schedule 5 - Part 6 - Systems

Schedule 5 - Part 7 - Light Rail Vehicles 

Schedule 6 - Not Used

Schedule 7 - Operations and Maintenance Performance Requirements

Schedule 8 - Intellectual Property 

Schedule 9 - Quality Management 

Schedule 10 - Environment Performance Requirements

Schedule 11 - Project Safety Requirements 

Schedule 12 - Public Communications and Public Engagement 

Schedule 13 - Changes

Schedule 14 - City Lands 

Schedule 14 - Appendix A - City Lands Descriptions

Schedule 14 - Appendix B - City Lands Site Plans

Schedule 14 - Appendix C - Identified Encumbrances

Schedule 14 - Appendix D - Existing Railroad Agreements

Schedule 14 - Appendix E - Existing Pipeline Agreements

Schedule 15 - Independent Certifier Agreement 

Schedule 16 - Payment Mechanism

Schedule 17 - Insurance Requirements

Schedule 18 - Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy 

Schedule 19 - Records and Reports 

Schedule 20 - Dispute Resolution Procedure 

Schedule 21 - Direct Lender Agreement 

Schedule 22 - Collateral Agreements

Schedule 23 - Extracts from Proposal

Schedule 24 - Project Co's Ownership Information

Schedule 25 - Completion Documents 

Schedule 26 - Representatives and Key Individuals

Schedule 27 - Expansion Protocols 

Schedule 28 - Part A -Project Approvals

Schedule 28 - Part B - Utility, Railway and Pipeline Matters

Schedule 29 - Security Matters

In August 2012, City Council approved a public-private partnership (P3) project delivery model to design, build, finance, supply vehicles, operate and maintain the Valley Line LRT - Stage 1 from Mill Woods to 102 Street in Edmonton. The City committed to providing a value for money assessment to ensure the P3 structure offered value for money to the governments and citizens of Edmonton, Alberta and Canada compared to other forms of procurement.

Executive Summary

Value for Money

Procurement Summary Report - Attachment 1 - Fairness Monitor Report

Project Agreement FOIP


Explanation of Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) redactions on the Project Agreement.

Third party confidential information (s. 16).

Information provided in TransEd's Proposal (Technical or Financial) which:

  1. Is a trade secret or commercial, financial, labour relations, scientific or technical information of a third party.
  2. Was provided to the City in confidence.
  3. Whose release would either:
  4. harm competitive or negotiating position of the third party,
    1. result in refusal of similar third parties to provide this information in the future,
    2. result in undue financial loss or gain to anyone, or
    3. reveal labour relations dispute information.

Personal information (s. 17).

Generally, names and personally identifiable information have been redacted to protect personal privacy.

Public safety (s. 18).

Information which could reasonably be expected to interfere with public safety. In particular, information about surveillance or security systems and specific requirements for access and egress for public facilities may fall under this category (unless it is a reference to compliance with codes or standards).

Harmful to law enforcement (s. 20).

Information that could harm the effectiveness of investigative techniques or procedures.

Advice from officials (s. 24).

This section only applies to information which reveals the City’s plans or positions as it relates to parties other than TransEd which could interfere in the City’s future negotiations with those other parties.

City’s economic interests (s. 25).

Information in the project agreement which could affect the City’s economic interests if released:

information that:

  1. City’s trade secret
  2. City financial, commercial, scientific or technical information that has monetary value (information that could be sold by the City instead of provided to the public for free)
  3. Information which reasonably could be expected to
    1. Result in financial loss to the City
    2. Prejudice the City’s competitive position; or
    3. Interfere in the City’s negotiations.

Property​ ​Acquisition and Expropriation

City Council considered the impact on property owners when approving the route for the Valley Line LRT and ultimately selected an alignment that minimizes the need for the acquisition of private property. However, in some cases, privately-held property will need to be acquired in order for the project to move forward. Potential property needs for the Valley Line were assessed during the preliminary engineering process completed in 2013.

If a property owner and the City property agent cannot reach an agreement to purchase the property, the City may proceed with expropriation of the property as a last resort.

Stay Informed

LRT Projects

For More Information

City of Edmonton

Telephone 780-496-4874

TransEd Partners

4999 98 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T6E 2X3




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