Nakî Transit Centre & Park and Ride
Construction Delays Won’t Delay Opening on August 30!
The new transit centre will become operational as planned on August 30, but several features will still be under construction. The City is taking steps to ensure operators and riders are safe, aware of the temporary modifications and able to use the centre effectively. Riders should be aware of the temporary modifications that will be in place:
- Stop signs will be installed at the intersections leading into the transit centre from Campbell Road. These will be in place until the permanent traffic signals are activated.
- The speed limit near the transit centre will be reduced to 50 km/h until the permanent traffic signals are activated.
- Public washrooms will not be available at the transit centre until the end of September.
- Toilet facilities will be available on site for transit drivers only.
- There will be signage on site directing users from the parking lot to the transit stop locations.
- The contractor will clearly identify those areas of the transit centre that are not accessible by the public, so riders will know where they can walk and where they can wait for the bus.
The remaining items still under construction at the transit centre should be complete by the end of September 2020.
City of St. Albert's newest facility officially opens
Located at 15520 Campbell Road, the new Nakî Transit Centre & Park and Ride (previously referred to as the Campbell Road Park and Ride Transit Centre) serves as the City’s principal transit and operation station.
On August 30, 2020, the facility replaced Village Transit Station, on Grange Drive, which could no longer meet parking demands.
While parking capacity is expandable to 1,600 spaces, the facility currently accommodates 800 vehicles on paved stalls. The transit station has the capacity for 16 buses; expandable to 24.
The new facility also includes a transit centre building, separate public and driver washroom facilities, bicycle storage facilities, parking for those riders who have special needs, and a pick up and drop off “kiss and ride” area for commuters.
This transportation hub will not only facilitate quick and easy movement between St. Albert, Edmonton and the rest of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region, but also serve as an integral part of the long-term vision of brining Light Rail Transit to St. Albert.
A priority project for St. Albert Transit, the Nakî Transit Centre & Park and Ride has been in the development stage for over 10 years – as building integrated transportation systems is critical in meeting both the short- and long-term needs of riders.
Final possession of the land took place on September 1, 2017. In the spring of 2017, Associated Engineering was awarded the contract for the engineering, design and construction of the facility.
Construction on the $30 million project began in May of 2019 and was made possible by $20 million in grant funding secured in 2015 from the Province of Alberta’s “Green Trip” incentive program, as well as $10 through the City of St. Albert’s Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) funding.
In a special ceremony held on August 5, 2020, in the heart of downtown St. Albert, Mayor Cathy Heron announced the name of the City’s newest facility as the Nakî Transit Centre & Park and Ride.
City Administration consulted the Payhonin Working Circle, an Indigenous Reconciliation Task Force, who recommended the name along with a naming committee and other stakeholders.
With recognizable pronunciations of “naw-ki” or “naw-gee”, and translated from Cree and Michif languages meaning “stop” or “stop here”, the Nakî Transit Centre & Park and Ride will provide room to grow over the next 30 years and position the City of St. Albert as an economically vibrant community.
The Nakî Transit Centre & Park and Ride will benefit current and potential park and ride commuters, mainly from St. Albert, but also Sturgeon County, Morinville, and parts of north Edmonton.
This new transit centre serves as the principal transfer point between local and commuter bus routes. It provides greater capacity for passengers wishing to utilize the park and ride. The Village Transit Station was unable to meet a growing demand for parking. The new facility is designed to meet current and future demands.
The Nakî Transit Centre & Park and Ride also benefits the City of St. Albert, as it will position St. Albert Transit to grow ridership by improving the transit experience and making transit a convenient and viable alternative to the automobile in both the short- and long-term. Long-term consideration involves inclusion in the LRT network as the terminus for the Metro LRT Line.
What will the facility look like?
Where is the facility located?
The Nakî Transit Centre & Park and Ride is located at 15520 Campbell Road.
Last edited: September 1, 2020