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Public transit matters. It is essential to building a great city. City Council approved the Transit Strategy that will guide decisions about what the bus and LRT system will be like in the next ten years. Below are some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that will help you understand more about the Transit Strategy.

What are the next steps?

Implementing all the actions in the Strategy will take place over the next 10 years and will require decisions from Council at various steps in the future. The first major action is the redesign of the bus network starting in 2018. The approach for this process will be to do public engagement at the Ward level to get feedback from Edmontonians about the proposed network and on variations/options. We anticipate that the new bus network will be rolled out by January 2020.

How are you addressing the needs of seniors and people with disabilities in the suburbs who would need to travel further to get to a bus stop/station?

There is still a significant component of local service in the proposed network plan for the suburbs. In some areas distances to bus stops will remain the same. The new service standards policy will propose a range of acceptable walking distances. We talked to many people, including seniors and people with disabilities during the first phase of Transit Strategy public engagement in 2015-2016 and we will continue this in the next phase of engagement about the bus network design in 2018.

In cases where walking distance increases significantly or demand for service is low, we may look at other solutions such as community bus routes or partnerships with non-profit transportation services to provide first mile/last mile solutions.

Does the Transit Strategy propose privatizing transit service by moving it over to Uber?

No. Council directed City Administration not to explore partnerships with private companies as part of implementing the Strategy. However, Council did provide direction to explore a public dial-a-ride service and potential partnerships with not-for-profit organizations. The results of this exploration will be reported back to City Council in 2018.

Does the Transit Strategy include Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)?

The Transit Strategy says that BRT can be put in place as precursor to LRT service, or could run as complementary service on other corridors. True BRT requires some capital investment in terms of dedicated right-of-way and enhanced stops and stations. The Strategy discusses completing a Transit Priority Measures study to investigate the appropriate infrastructure needed on the Primary Transit Network to enhance reliability and operating speeds. An update on this study will be provided to Council in 2018.

Why does the City need a Transit Strategy?

As the city continues to grow and costs continue to rise, there are a number of key issues that needed to be resolved to ensure the long term success of transit (Bus and LRT). Our transit system not only gets people from point A to B, it also plays an important role in the design of our city, business growth, environmental sustainability and supporting the independence of people who don’t have access to other forms of transportation.

With input from Edmontonians, the Strategy’s vision and strategic goals set the direction for transit for the next ten years. It will help ensure that future transit priorities align with building a great city.

How was the feedback I provided on the Transit Strategy used?

The final Transit Strategy clearly reflects what we heard from Edmontonians about what they wanted in a transit system. There were a number of tough tradeoffs that needed to be considered in the Strategy and the input from Edmontonians was a key component in its development.

I don’t take the bus/LRT so why should I care about the strategy?

Even if you don’t regularly use Edmonton’s Bus and LRT system, you are impacted by it. For example, transit reduces the number of other cars on the road and the associated air pollution. Also, people you depend on for services may need to use transit to get to work or school. The broader benefits include how our transit system can impact the design of neighbourhoods and attract businesses to move to Edmonton.

Is this strategy about a frequent transit network versus coverage approach to transit?

No. This Strategy takes a broader perspective on how transit can help make Edmonton a great city by moving people where they want to go, attracting businesses, encouraging development of transit-friendly neighbourhoods, or acting as a lifeline for those who don’t have access to other forms of transportation. It also looks at the financial, social and environmental tradeoffs that are needed to develop a transit system that meets our community’s long term goals. The strategy is about setting a guiding vision that will influence the delivery of transit service and investments in the transit system.

For More Information

Transit Strategy Project Team

Telephone

In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

TTY 780-944-5555
Email whatmovesyou@edmonton.ca

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