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. The other 11 Edmonton Metropolitan Region communities and counties joined in October, 2018.
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 through improved community connections
- Reduced barriers for municipality to establish transit services in the region
The commission will initially focus on providing regional commuter service between all communities in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region.
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, tentatively in 2021.
A formal application to the Government of Alberta for a commission regulation is also required in order to begin operations. The Regional Transit Services Commission group received a $3.7 million grant 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.
All 13 Edmonton Metropolitan Region communities and counties have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to be part of the commission. This includes: Beaumont, Devon, Edmonton, Fort Saskatchewan, Leduc, Leduc County, Morinville, Parkland County St. Albert, Spruce Grove, Strathcona County, Stony Plain and Sturgeon County.