Ellerslie is massive and has a large student population aging towards university. This line should help serve that and relieve a greater proportion of traffic than the north extension would.
I understand the frustration though for north side residents. Different parts of our city have received greater attention at different times. The last 2 decades have been the SE, SW and West it seems with major new developments, rec centers, more new schools, and the valley line.
Core neighbourhoods are starting to get more attention though. Strathcona and downtown have got a good amount of projects recently and I suspect the next "ring" of central neighbourhoods will get more attention this decade vs Ellerslie, Lewis estates, Riverbend.
Do you all think the St Albert piece plays into things at all either? Would them amalgamating help the use case? Not sure building an LRT out to their border makes sense, depending on funding, if they aren't contributing at a city level.
No kidding, I don't get why they split the expansion into two parts (excluding Blatchford). I wish they'd just bite the bullet and take it all the way to Campbell Road at once. I mean, thr Valley Lines Southeast and West are each larger than the extension to campbell road, and now work is happening on both of them at the same time. So why not just do the entire Metro Line extension while we're already doing part of it?At this point, I'm just hoping the line makes it to Campbell Road before I hit retirement age, and my wife and I can live with one car from that point on.
If you're responding to me, I did make that distinction in my comment. I just don't get why they don't combine phases two and three pf thr extension, so that once they're going over Walker Yard, they continue all the way to Campbell Road.As mentioned before, CN Rail is holding things up with the Walker Yard overpass
The same reason that the South extension was split into Heritage Valley and 41 Ave SW perhaps?If you're responding to me, I did make that distinction in my comment. I just don't get why they don't combine phases two and three pf thr extension, so that once they're going over Walker Yard, they continue all the way to Campbell Road.
I'm not sure if the NW peak hour route will go ahead, since it was meant to be a placeholder for the Metro Line extension. Someone else pointed out that we weren't likely to hear about any Metro Line funding in the budget since City Council hasn't officially requested anything yet. You raise a very good point, but since they made the deliberate decision to put it back in the plan, I'm hopeful that the fall budget will include something tangible!It has been mentioned elsewhere, but this is the interim (2030 horizon) mass transit network plan:
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The re-inclusion of NWLRT to Castle Downs was not in the original image, I edited it in.
The proposed BRT routes can be divided into peak hour (97 St, Whyte) and all hour (Terwillegar/Fox, Gateway) bus lanes.
If it seems modest keep in mind 2030 is only 8 years away, which means any additional projects have to break ground in the next year or two to be in service by then. That's why NWLRT was left out in the first place -- with Edmonton getting short shrift in the recent provincial budget, I doubt it will be extended beyond Yellowhead this decade.
Pardon my ignorance, but why do we think the NW BRT would be peak only?I'm not sure if the NW peak hour route will go ahead, since it was meant to be a placeholder for the Metro Line extension.