Edmonton’s Valley Line Southeast: 5 things to know for 2021

For the rest of the year you’ll hear a lot more about Valley Line Southeast. From how to stay safe near the tracks to where to catch your ride to work. Here are five things to know about the 13 km line that will take passengers between Mill Woods and downtown Edmonton.

1. It’s a different kind of LRT

The Valley Line Southeast is an urban-style or “low-floor” LRT, which means you board the cars at street level. You’ll be able to do this because the machinery that’s normally on the bottom of the train is on the top. That means step-free boarding from curb level.

2. LRT trains share the road with cars

The trains will run along dedicated tracks, but those tracks are integrated into the road and within the same roadway you’ll be driving on. While there will be some “physical distancing” measures—curbs, landscaping, or green space—you may find yourself driving beside an LRT train at times. This also means there will be impacts to traffic.

Centre-running tracks in the Strathearn neighbourhood near 85 Street.

3. Valley Line Southeast is being built and will be operated by TransEd

The Valley Line Southeast project is  a public-private partnership, or P3. TransEd is the private consortium building and operating the line. Bechtel, EllisDon, Bombardier, and Fengate Capital Management Ltd. came together to form TransEd specifically for this project and they will operate the line for 30 years.

4. It will feel that same

Even though TransEd will independently operate Valley Line Southeast, you’ll check the same schedules and use the same transit app to find out when to catch your train. The fares are the same, and you can transfer from any train to any bus on the  ETS network.

Expect to see trains tested along the full length of the Valley Line Southeast line this year.

5. Testing is happening 

The electrical lines are being powered up and TransEd has already begun testing in southeast Edmonton. Over the coming months, you’ll see trains begin testing closer and closer to the city centre, with trains eventually testing up and down the whole line this year

Look for much more information throughout the year on the City of Edmonton’s social channels.

Editor’s note: the pic at the top of post shows construction progress at the Avonmore Stop at 73 Ave.