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Mayor Don Iveson hopes to have new LRT deal in place before seeking second term

In a year-end interview with Metro, Iveson said he expects to be on the 2017 ballot but hasn’t made a final decision.

Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson behind his desk at City Hall.

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Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson behind his desk at City Hall.

Mayor Don Iveson said he hopes Edmonton will be able to finalize a deal for future legs of the LRT before 2017, when he will likely seek a second term as mayor.

In a year-end interview with Metro, Iveson said he expects to be on the 2017 ballot but hasn’t made a final decision.

“No announcements today, but I think it’s quite likely that I will run again,” he said.

The city has a funding deal in place for the Valley Line LRT, but only the portion running from Mill Woods to downtown. It doesn’t have funding in place for that line’s second half to west Edmonton. 

The mayor said with so much enthusiasm for building public transit coming from the federal government, he is optimistic a deal will happen.  

“It is likely we will be able to put a funding and financing deal together for at least the next leg of the LRT, if not the full build out of the system,” he said. 

In addition to the Valley Line extension, council could also consider an extension of the Metro Line up to St. Albert and extensions on either end of the Capital Line.

“Council will discuss next year which leg we should pursue next, but I am optimistic,” said Iveson.

As for the 2017 election, Iveson said the decision is a joint one for himself and wife, Sarah Chan, who he said does a lot of work in the city through the United Way and other initiatives.

“It’s both of us. She does a tonne in the community as well,” he said. “For both of us it’s a big leadership decision.”

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