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Public voices concerns over city’s transit plans

When Ulrika Chapman steps out her front door in Glenora, she’s about 14 feet from Stony Plain Road.

When Ulrika Chapman steps out her front door in Glenora, she’s about 14 feet from Stony Plain Road.

Last night she attended the city’s last public open house, which addressed concerns about the segment of the west LRT line travelling along 104 Avenue and Stony Plain Road from Grant MacEwan to 156 Street.

“Being that close, my biggest fear is that the train is going to rattle everything. It’s going to shake, it’s going to be loud and noisy,” said the 34-year-old restaurant manager.

“Traffic-wise, I don’t mind that it’s down to one lane on either side.”

Chapman said since the homes along Stony Plain Road are so close to the street, she’d rather see the new line run down 107 Avenue.

“I think 107 Avenue was designed to handle it,” she said.

“Good public transit that goes downtown is great, we just don’t like that it’s going down one of the oldest, curviest roads in Edmonton.”

Coun. Linda Sloan said that concerns about traffic are what she is hearing most frequently from the public.

“At this point there’s a balance of views,” she said.

“There are certainly concerns but there’s also other people who view it as overdue.”

The plan goes to council Dec. 8.

 
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