Valley Line LRT
Keeping pace with Edmonton's growth as a world-class city through sustainable public transportation
A catalyst for city-shaping and the development of transit oriented communities, the Valley Line LRT will eventually stretch from Edmonton’s southeast all the way to the west end through Downtown. Twenty-seven extra kilometres of light rail transit means Edmontonians will be able to further connect to the places where they live, work, and play. DIALOG, as part of the ConnectEd Transit Partnership (CTP), is acting as the Owner’s Engineer for the Valley Line LRT to provide project/program management, consulting services (structural, mechanical and electrical engineering, urban design, architectural design) for preliminary design, engineering services for the procurement of two P3 consortia, and design reviews.
The Southeast stage is set to open in 2022, and the West stage is set for 2027.
- Edmonton, AB
- City of Edmonton
Marigold Infrastructure Partners
- DIALOG Services
Planning & Urban Design
Sustainable Urban Integration guidelines were created that shifts the focus from vehicle-oriented roadways to corridors that enhance neighbourhoods for pedestrians and wildlife.
Certain transit stations and tracks along Valley Line will be elevated, allowing pedestrian and vehicle traffic to circulate below nearly undisturbed.
The train will run at slower speeds through character communities, eliminating the need for most disruptive warning signals and barriers. Embedded tracks will integrate into existing traffic designs.
How do we make sure that when we’re building transit we’re also building community? By shifting towards user experience, encouraging people to choose to take the LRT over other ways of getting around.
Valley Line contributes to safe and walkable neighbourhoods where transit stations create opportunities for interaction and enjoyment.
High quality materials, lighting, plantings, and furnishings for the 102 Avenue streetscape will contribute to a positive pedestrian experience that supports the broader revitalization of downtown.
Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton
Each step in the phased process towards redevelopment will ultimately enhance the community and enhance the city.
DIALOG is part of the ConnectEd Transit Partnership team as Owner’s Engineer on behalf of the City, along with acting as the lead consultant for the development and compliance monitoring of the SUI principles for Valley Line. DIALOG is also leading the design review management of all facilities, including the stops and operations facility, transportation structures, and geotechnical and environmental submissions from TransEd Partners. In Stage 1, this includes project agreement compliance reviews, design review coordination and construction compliance.
The urban realm of the Valley Line LRT is structured around the “character zones” of several of Edmonton’s neighbourhoods. Key elements are added to the design to showcase the local community and the unique needs of urban centres and industrial areas are supported.
Preliminary engineering designs and public consultations were aligned with the City’s vision for a seamless transit experience. The urban realm is integrated with a world class LRT service, providing a compelling and attractive choice for Edmontonians.
Transit stations will feature pedestrian-friendly zones, creating neighbourhoods that are safe and friendly. LRT corridors that are well-designed play a big part in minimizing dangers and become attractive places to commute and socialize. Creating vibrant spaces is a key goal for Sustainable Urban Integration.
Plenty of green elements are incorporated into the design, with added bike lanes that connect to the city’s existing network. Conserving and uniting the city’s ample greenspaces while promoting enjoyment of these outdoor amenities along the length of the new LRT were a priority.
Enhanced landscaping and streetscaping help create an enjoyable natural environment. Detailed design focuses on colour and texture rather than repetition, and is attractive and interesting for people walking by. Wherever possible, organic elements such as wood and stone are used.