Edmonton City Council has approved its new transit strategy, which will modernize Edmonton’s transit system over the coming years.
“Over 20,000 Edmontonians participated in the development of the transit strategy,” says Sarah Feldman, general supervisor of city wide strategy. “We very clearly heard people have different expectations of transit depending on where they live and how they travel, and these differences were most clearly shown in inner and outer neighbourhoods. A redesigned transit network that matches transit service to the needs of more Edmontonians moves us towards a service that is safe, fast, reliable and convenient.”
“Edmonton has a chance to redesign the transit system to make it better for customers and more efficient for taxpayers. Once we are done, more people will want to use the system and we look forward to serving them well,” says Eddie Robar, branch manager of Edmonton Transit Service.
Implementation of the actions in the transit strategy will take place over the next 10 years. Redesign of the bus network will be the first priority and Edmontonians will be invited to provide input into the detailed design of the network in late 2017 or early 2018. Work is to also begin on a transit priority measure feasibility study as well as analysis and costing of various options such as:
- an updated community bus strategy;
- a modern-day version of dial-a-bus;
- partnerships with vehicle manufacturers to develop a fleet of connected automated vehicles/buses;
- partnerships with the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council and seniors’ not for profit/for profit transportation companies;
- the transfer of some reduced local service hours to enhance DATS; or
- some combination of the options.
These options will better support getting to and from transit hubs. It is anticipated that the new transit network will be rolled out in 2020.