Potential benefits of a Regional Transit Services Commission include economies of scale for operating and capital costs, better ability to attract government grants, additional provincial oversight and accountability.
A Regional Transit Services Commission is now in development to plan and deliver better integrated transit services in the Edmonton Metropolitan region. City of Edmonton and City of St. Albert Councils approved an agreement in September, 2017.
By working together, the region has the ability to create an integrated transit system that delivers:
- More convenient and extensive service across municipalities
- A better customer experience by combining respective strengths and implementing new technologies (for example, Smart Bus, Smart Fare).
The commission will initially focus on providing regional commuter service between Edmonton and St. Albert. Other communities will be invited to join the commission to benefit from a shared approach to regional transit service delivery.
Public transportation is a critical service requiring regional planning and coordination. As cities and communities continue to attract more people, demand for appealing and viable public transit alternatives for commuters will grow.
Creating the commission will take approximately one year, with another year for developing and implementing a plan to ensure a smooth hand-over of regional commuter service from participating municipalities.
A formal application to the Government of Alberta for a commission regulation is also required in order to begin operations. Edmonton and St. Albert have requested financial assistance from the Government of Alberta to support this initiative.
Frequently Asked Questions
A Regional Transit Services Commission could more efficiently oversee inter municipal commuter transit service currently managed by various local communities, including Edmonton and St. Albert.
Edmonton and St. Albert have signed an agreement to be part of the commission. However, the intent is to allow other regional partners to opt-in as the project moves forward.