Public transit matters. It is essential to building a great city and we are developing a new strategy to 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 Initiative.
Why is the City creating a Transit Strategy?
As the city continues to grow and costs continue to rise, there are a number of key issues that need 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 will 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 will the feedback I provided on the Transit Strategy be used?
Your feedback has made a difference. There were a number of tough tradeoffs that needed to be considered in the Strategy and the input from people like you was a key component in the development of the Strategy. Your feedback helped us develop the priorities and goals in the plan.
The foundation of the public engagement approach at the City of Edmonton involves equal respect between Council’s long term strategic direction, the technical expertise of City administration and the knowledge of local Edmontonians and stakeholder groups. When all of these elements are balanced in a successful engagement process, the resulting plan will be closer to the ideal that we all desire.
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.
How does the Transit Strategy fit in with existing City plans?
This Transit Strategy aligns with the City’s key strategic plans including The Way Ahead and The Way We Move, Grow, Live, Green, Finance and Prosper. It will provide more direction for how transit can contribute to meeting the goals of these plans.
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 will look 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.