EDMONTON – EllisDon, the City of Edmonton and TransED Partners have announced the commencement of passenger service for the Valley Line Southeast LRT.
The inaugural stage of the Valley Line Light Rail Transit (LRT) encompasses approximately 13 kilometres of track connecting the Mill Woods neighbourhood to downtown Edmonton and features 11 neighbourhood stops, an elevated station with a transit centre and Park & Ride facilities, and a transfer point to the existing LRT routes at Churchill Stop.
“This milestone represents a transformative moment for Edmonton, signalling the advent of a more accessible, community-oriented, and sustainable public transit system. This project epitomizes dedication, vision, and collaborative effort and is set to redefine the city’s transportation landscape,” EllisDon Capital executive vice-president and COO Joey Comeau said in a statement.
Valley Line Southeast is Edmonton’s first low-floor LRT system, which allowed for street-level stops and embedded tracks within residential and commercial areas.
Through a public-private partnership with the City of Edmonton, TransEd Partners began construction on the project in March 2016. The project consortium consisted of EllisDon, Bechtel, Alstom, Fengate Capital Management Ltd., Arup Canada and IBI Group.
TransEd is responsible for not only the design and construction of the Valley Line Southeast LRT but also the operation and maintenance of the transit system until 2050.