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West LRT on the minds of Ward 1 voters

Ward 1 has a population of about 62,000 people and is a mix of newer developments in the west and older, established areas near central Edmonton.

Ward 1 has a population of about 62,000 people and is a mix of newer developments in the west and older, established areas near central Edmonton.

The West Leg of the LRT is sure to be one of the top issues candidates will face when knocking on doors.

The plan is to run the train from Lewis Estates along 87 Avenue, with a stop at West Edmonton Mall.

From there it will run to 156 Street where it will go north and then continue downtown via Stony Plain Road.

Coun. Linda Sloan is the incumbent in the ward with Andrew Knack and Jamie Post challenging the two-term councillor.

Sloan said building the LRT infrastructure throughout the city must continue to be a priority.

Knack said he’d like to see a balance between all modes of transportation.

The city needs more LRT lines but not at the expense of driving lanes, he said.

Post said the city should have started working on LRT expansion 30 years ago. Now that it’s in the planning process, he said the LRT needs to serve the communities it runs through and council needs to hit the ground running with the conceptual planning for the expansion.

 
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