Edmonton Valley Line LRV in the city centre (W. Snowdon)
At 05.15 on Saturday 4 November the first passengers boarded the new 13.1km Valley Line in the Canadian city of Edmonton. Linking 102nd St in the city centre with Mill Woods in the south-eastern suburbs, using 26 Bombardier Flexity Freedom 42m double-ended low-floor LRVs providing a 10-minute service, the CAD 1.8bn project was inaugurated three years behind schedule due to the COVID Pandemic, supply-chain problems and infrastructure issues. 
Work started in April 2016 under a PPP contract with TransEd Partners, a consortium formed by Bechtel, Bombardier, EllisDon and Fengate Capital Management; the federal government contributed CAD 250M and the Alberta provincial government CAD 600M. 
The Valley Line is a street-based surface line, unlike the original Edmonton light rail system, opened in April 1978 using Duewag high-floor U2 LRVs and serving a subway in the city centre. There is interchange between the two systems at Churchill, the second stop on the Valley Line. 
Revenue service started with the first timetabled departure on 4 November; a grand ‘opening’ ceremony is planned for 2024, by which time a five-minute peak service should be scheduled. An expansion to 27km by adding a 14km western extension to Lewis Farms is under construction for completion in 2027. 
Edmonton Valley Line LRV in the city centre (W. Snowdon)
Edmonton Valley Line LRV in the city centre (W. Snowdon) 
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