TRANSPORTATION

One of the more common grievances in Ward 9 is about transportation: the roadways, delays, public transit, and multi-use or bike paths for commuting and leisure. There is more that can be done now and in the future to help the residents in one of Edmonton’s fastest growing regions move around to where we need to be.

If you have a concern in your area not addressed here, please let me know.

 

MY PLAN

Infrastructure

  • Advocate for the extension of the Capital Line LRT south to Heritage Valley as the next major transit priority

  • Work with the Province to expand capacity on Anthony Henday Drive

    • Additional lanes from Highway 2 to Callingwood Road

    • Second overpass at Terwillegar Drive

    • New overpass at 136 street

  • Make the widening of Ellerslie Road and signalization of the Ellerslie Road-Rabbit Hill Road intersection a priority for the City and its developer partners

  • Construct a free-flow interchange at Terwillegar Drive and Bulyea Road/40 Avenue

Public Transit

  • Support Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) as a first-step solution to extending the Capital Line, in consideration of the need to expand the network to other corners of Edmonton

  • Expand transit service to higher density / low amenity areas: Glenridding, Ambleside, MacEwan, Rutherford, Chappelle

Planning

Moving forward, we can reduce pressure on the roadway system through better new neighbourhood development.

A lack of fundamental services (health care, assembly, childcare, etc.) forces residents to leave their neighbourhoods. In turn, the lowest capacity roadways have the highest traffic pressure and the worst congestion. Planning and building with localized services will decrease the number of car trips and reduce that pressure. For example, a neighbourhood daycare might allow a parent to walk their children to the daycare on their way to the bus stop, and forgo the car trip (and maybe the car).

Bike Paths

In short, I don’t believe bikes and vehicles mix well so I support bike paths. I believe that Ward 9 needs a different solution than what’s been implemented downtown as the need is different.

Going forward, I believe we should look at arterial roadway development with pedestrian sidewalks on one side and multi-use wheeled paths (bikes, blades and boards) on the other.

I believe we should fill in the gaps along Rabbit Hill Road from south of the Anthony Henday Drive to the river valley, including a bridge over Whitemud Drive to allow for more effective commuting and leisure routes.