How public involvement helped determine the Valley Line route

When the City was in the early stages of planning the Valley Line LRT there were a wide number of route options available, each with its pluses and minuses. In order to select the most logical path for the LRT to travel, the City turned to its most knowledgeable resource – citizens.

To tell you more about how we used public input, we’ve created a video to give you a high-level view of our public engagement process during route selection. The video explains the different criteria used to evaluate each route.

Construction of the Valley Line begins next year, but public participation in the process continues. As part of its ongoing commitment to public engagement, the City has created Citizen Working Groups in five distinct zones along the LRT alignment.  These groups are one way for the City to engage with impacted communities during construction of the Valley Line LRT.

A more detailed history of the Valley Line and the public engagement efforts undertaken is available on the Valley Line page. The project history section is at the bottom of the page. If you click on the plus signs next to each category under project history it will give you more details and copies of reports completed at every stage of the development of the line. You might also find this blog post on the history of the Valley Line helpful too.

If you would like to be kept up-to-date on the progress of the Valley Line, you can sign up to receive e-mail updates by visiting www.edmonton.ca/valleyline.

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Mary-Ann Thurber
Mary-Ann Thurber is a Communications Officer with the City of Edmonton. She provides support to the Transportation Department.
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  2. Stratyos
    1 year ago

    As someone who has been involved in the public engagement process for the then-called Southeast LRT line since 2010/2011, I have to say, this post and the video definitely does not tell how public input was used. Rather, it just tells what process the City – mainly the Transportation Department – used to justify their choices. To be honest, I don’t recall many examples of where public input caused a change in the route selection, other than way back when Council decided to abandon ideas such as running along 23 Ave or 87 Ave, and subsequently created a new set of criteria (the one presented here) to evaluate future LRT routes.

    Was public input the reason the chosen route goes along 95 Ave (Strathearn) instead of Connors Road? Or was that decision more based on the development opportunities in Strathearn?

    Were there any route changes made in response to concerns about impacts on the River Valley – especially the Cloverdale footbridge?

    And of course let’s not even mention the stuff about the LRT portal in the Quarters…

    But, credit where credit is due, as the public engagement process moved to more small-detail stages, the City has improved. The City just needs to know how to better, more meaningfully engage citizens during the big decisions.

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