City goes online for LRT input - Metro US

City goes online for LRT input

The city is preparing to propose more tracks for an expanded LRT system but they want the public’s input before they proceed.

Three potential LRT routes for the NAIT to northwest Edmonton line were unveiled yesterday and the public was invited to view and comment on the three options.

Ultimately, according to Bob Boutilier, general manager of transportation, the proposed line will be an important step in the future development of the municipal airport.

“The northwest extension of the LRT system beyond NAIT represents the last major leg of the LRT system,” Boutilier said. “This is our first opportunity to go through the municipal airport lands and put the LRT down as part of the design and development of that site.”

The potential LRT routes include corridors which run primarily along St. Albert Trail, 127 Street or 113 A Street. All three would begin at the NAIT LRT station — which the city hopes to have completed by 2014 — and end at the proposed Park and Ride site southeast of St. Albert.

“As with any LRT routes or planning study, there are going to be impacts to residents and businesses along the corridor,” said Adam Laughlin, director of facility and capital planning, transportation planning. “So we’re offering an extensive public consultation process providing opportunities for the public to be informed of the route selection process.”

An online survey is underway at www.edmonton.ca/LRT projects and will be online until Feb.
24. Workshops and further consultations are planned for March. A final recommendation will be put forward to city council in June.

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