West LRT line proposal sparks concerns

About 300 people turned up at an open house Wednesday night to hear about a proposal for the west leg of Edmonton's LRT.

About 300 people turned up at an open house Wednesday night to talk about the west leg of Edmonton's LRT.

The tracks would run from downtown, west on Stony Plain Road to Lewis Estates.

The line is the longest expansion planned for the LRT at almost 12 kilometres.

J.T. Mitchell, who lives in Glenora said the only way the LRT should run along Stony Plain Road is if it was underground.

"Bury the whole... thing," he said at the open house at West Edmonton Mall's Fantasyland Hotel. "That's the best solution."

Mitchell said running an LRT line down Stony Plain and reducing traffic to two lanes, will create a commuting nightmare. He doesn't believe people in the area will just let it happen.

"This is going to be a major issue coming the civic election, it will be in our area... for sure," he said.

Barb Tardif who isn't directly affected by the proposed LRT route came out to the open house to hear the city's prosposed route plan.

Most of it looks good to her, she said.

"I might be able to take advantage of it because I want to see where the stations are... so we'll have to wait and see," Tardif said.

Feedback from this round of consultations will help the city finalize the plan which goes to city council Dec. 8.

Edmonton wants the west leg running in time for Expo 2017, should the city win the bid to host the event.

The line is part of Edmonton's plan to expand LRT service to all sectors of the city by 2040.