proponent is Marigold Infrastructure Partners, consisting of team members Colas, Parsons, Standard General, Francl Architecture, Fast & Epp and Stantec. Marigold Infrastructure Partners and the City will now enter into final discussions, with the contract expected to be finalized by the end of 2020. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2021 and is anticipated to take about five to six years to complete.
The City launched its Valley Line West procurement process in January 2020 and released its proponent shortlist in March. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the team quickly adapted and shifted the process online. Proponents first provided technical submissions, including draft designs and plans, to demonstrate their ability to meet the City’s rigorous technical requirements. All teams passed this first hurdle and were invited to submit a financial proposal. The City evaluated these proposals to make sure they met our financial requirements, and the team with the lowest financial bid was selected as the preferred proponent.
As the City of Edmonton plans its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Valley Line West LRT construction project will play a key role in contributing to that recovery in the city and region. An economic assessment of the project estimates that construction will generate CAD 760 million in wages in Alberta and another CAD 209 million throughout the country. It is expected to generate 8,800 jobs in the province and 2,700 across Canada.
The CAD 2.6-billion Valley Line West project has funding commitments from the Province of Alberta and Government of Canada. It is the second phase of the Valley Line, a 27-kilometre low-floor urban style LRT line that will provide seamless connection between Mill Woods and Lewis Farms once complete. The first phase of the project, Valley Line Southeast, is currently under construction.