Edmonton city council weighing options for next step in LRT expansion

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EDMONTON – Edmonton’s transportation committee didn’t vote on a recommendation by city administration Wednesday to make the Valley Line LRT expansion from downtown to Lewis Farms a top priority.

Administration delivered a report on LRT expansion which ranked the top 16 priorities.

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The Valley Line expansion downtown to Lewis Farms would cost $1.8 billion, according to the report.

Metro Line expansion from NAIT to Blatchford North and Capital Line expansion from Century Park to Ellerslie are ranked second and third respectively.

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Some councillors cried foul over why their area was not higher on the list.

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A total of $9.5 billion worth of future LRT lines was ranked in order of priority.

Once the next phase of expansion is chosen, administration recommends the next step should be a staging plan for the design and construction.

Construction began last week of Phase 1 of the Valley Line from downtown to Mill Woods in the southeast. It’ll cost an estimated $1.8 billion.