Policy in brief
LRT expansion is a major priority for Edmontonians. Council must continue to drive significant development of the full network, but it needs to be paced well and engineered in a way that allows for traffic to continue to flow. By 2017, we will have secured funding and begun construction on the Southeast to West line, bringing LRT to new areas of the city.
What we’ll do in the short term
Begin to plan for a full build-out of the network by 2030, focusing next on the SE line to Mill Woods line. Edmonton should not be paying more than 1/3 of the costs of our network, given how economically important it is for not only us, but the province and federal government as well. When building the line, we must think carefully about where we can put underpasses and overpasses to ensure we do not adversely interrupt the flow of vehicle traffic. Where possible, we should examine development of air rights to help offset the costs of those overpasses and underpasses. To ensure we have sustained funding to build our LRT, we will coordinate our approach to the province with our regional neighbours and Calgary to make the case for sustained LRT infrastructure investment.
Where we need to be a generation from now
LRT network is fully built out and we’ve got a high-speed rail to the airport. It will reduce traffic congestion for drivers, and help catalyze transit-oriented residential and commercial development in the city.