Edmontonians eagerly lined up in the early hours of the morning to witness the inaugural run of the Valley Line Southeast LRT. The new light rail transit system, connecting Mill Woods to the downtown core, has been highly anticipated by residents for years. Despite facing multiple delays, including cracks in piers and the need for cable replacements, the line finally opened to the public after nearly three years of construction.
Passengers could be seen celebrating on the train as it departed from the 102nd Street Station. The platform was filled with excitement as approximately 300 people gathered to witness this historic moment. With cake and champagne, they cut red ribbons and expressed their joy at being a part of the first public ride on the Valley Line.
The Valley Line Southeast LRT, a 13-kilometer leg of the larger Valley Line project, consists of 11 stops. Its completion marks a significant milestone in the city’s goal to enhance public transportation and improve connectivity. The construction of the Valley Line has been a long process, spanning over 15 years, and its opening represents the culmination of a visionary project.
Despite the delays, Edmontonians are thrilled to finally see the trains running. For many, this new LRT system signifies the city’s upward trajectory towards a well-connected transit network comparable to other major cities in Canada. Passengers expressed their excitement and satisfaction, with one stating, “I’ve just been really excited about it. I mean they started construction on it when I was a kid.” The overwhelming support and positive reception from the community showcase the significance of this new addition to Edmonton’s transportation infrastructure.
Q: How long did it take for the Valley Line Southeast LRT to open?
A: The Valley Line Southeast LRT opened to the public nearly three years after its original projected opening date.
Q: What were some of the delays faced during its construction?
A: The project experienced delays due to cracks in the piers supporting the elevated track and the need for replacing signaling cables.
Q: Who is responsible for building and operating the southeast leg of the Valley Line?
A: A public-private partnership was formed, and TransEd, a private industry consortium, was contracted to build and operate the southeast leg.
Q: When was the Valley Line project initiated?
A: The Valley Line project began approximately 15 years ago, with the construction of the Southeast leg marking a significant milestone in its realization.