In early May, I travelled with Mayor Iveson and a delegation of private and public sector leaders to San Francisco for a trade mission. Our aim was to generate interest in Edmonton as a burgeoning market for investment in innovation, but what struck me was the culture of entrepreneurship and the established avenues for investment and accelerated growth that they take as a given in Silicon Valley. They don’t wait around to read the tea leaves, and it is this pace and seeming inevitability that makes San Francisco such an attractive place for entrepreneurs to build their businesses.
As you may have seen over the past several months, the City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Transit System are in the process of redesigning our bus network. First and foremost, we must recognize that, in concept, this is vital work to realign and modernize our bus network. Edmonton has grown and evolved significantly since this work was last undertaken in the late 1990’s, and it is important that our transit system accounts for these changes as we watch more and more Edmontonians choosing public transit over other modes of transport. That being said, however, I have several reservations about the current draft of the bus network redesign, which is ultimately the impetus for me writing this piece.
As you may have seen this past Friday, after hearing lots of valuable feedback from the public, Council has approved the Valley Line West LRT. This is an extremely exciting development for West Edmontonians, and it equips us with another forward-looking measure as we adjust to the pressures of a fast-growing city.
One of the most captivating and challenging projects that has come before council since I was elected is the Valley Line West LRT and all of the critical decisions that surround it. I campaigned on ensuring that we see the West LRT project break ground within my term in office, as I believe it to be a formative city-building opportunity for West Edmonton.
It is my pleasure to help Edmontonians of all stripes ring in the Year of the Dog. I wish everyone my very best through Lunar New Year, and from my team and me here at City Hall, Gung Hay Fat Choy!
I'd like to reaffirm that I unequivocally support the City of Edmonton's existing plan for the Valley Line West LRT project. I believe it to be a formative city-building initiative for West Edmonton, and I feel strongly that LRT remains the best option.
I hope to use this website as a way to talk to you about the questions facing our city and to encourage feedback from you and your neighbours.